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The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

By Patty Malowney

The standard method for birth professionals to measure cervical dilation and effacement is the vaginal examination. When a midwife or doctor checks a woman’s cervix, she reaches her gloved hand inside the vagina and measures how many finger widths the opening of the cervix is. A centimeter is approximately
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The Pros and Cons to Home Birth

By Maria T. Pepin

As you prepare for birth, one of the choices you will need to make is where to deliver your baby. Women can choose between a hospital, birthing center or the comfort of their own home. It’s a good idea to research each option in advance and make an informed decision. Interestingly, around 16,000 women
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Top 10 Fears about Childbirth

“You’re expecting me to push what through where?!” Most women have, at one time or another, felt
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Understanding Effacement and Dilation

By JustMommies staff

woman in labor In the final weeks of pregnancy, effacement and dilation are the body's natural way of transitioning into active labor.
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Using Castor Oil for Inducing labor

By Teresa Redmond

castor oil for inducing labor If you've passed your due date and are looking to induce labor, you may be able to turn to the old wives tale of using castor oil.
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What to Expect After Labor: 7 Things Nobody Told You

While plenty of books (and strangers on the street) are ready to tell you all of the (sometimes horrifying)
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What to Expect After Labor: 7 Things Nobody Told You

While plenty of books (and strangers on the street) are ready to tell you all of the (sometimes horrifying)
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Which Birthing Positions Are Best During Labor?

By Laura Leavitt

pregnant mom There are way more options than just lying on your back.
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You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

By Laura Leavitt

mom giving birth at the hospital Epidurals may not be part of your plan, but sometimes the plan changes.
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You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

By Laura Leavitt

mom giving birth at the hospital Epidurals may not be part of your plan, but sometimes the plan changes.
» Read more