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The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

By JustMommies staff

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 JustMommies staff

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 JustMommies staff

If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably already started hearing about which is the “best” method of delivery and the “ideal” position for labor. But here’s why you shouldn’t stress out about it ahead of time: All women are built differently, babies are different sizes, and babies rest in
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You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

By JustMommies staff

Childbirth is hard. Perhaps your “birth plan” didn’t go as planned, or, you changed your opinion of the choices you made after the fact. Either way, for some moms, the choice to get an epidural can cause regret and guilt, whether it is warranted or not. Here are ten steps to letting go of the guilt,
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You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

By JustMommies staff

Childbirth is hard. Perhaps your “birth plan” didn’t go as planned, or, you changed your opinion of the choices you made after the fact. Either way, for some moms, the choice to get an epidural can cause regret and guilt, whether it is warranted or not. Here are ten steps to letting go of the guilt,
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