Birth and Pregnancy Resources

Back in the day, when a pregnant woman needed advice, she’d call her mother. Or grandmother, or cousins, or sisters – a trusted female relative who had been through the ups and downs, the hormonal shifts, and the hankering for bizarre food combos at 3:00 in the morning. Sure, the bookstore had a pregnancy section …

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Choosing a Provider When You’re Pregnant

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, women have a myriad of decisions to make, from the benign to the super critical. Choosing a suitable care provider definitely falls into the latter.   In the United States, women experiencing low-risk pregnancies can select a midwife or OB GYN to care for themselves and their babies. …

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A Love Letter to Partners       

I once taught a private childbirth education series to a couple in their home. The mom-to-be was excited and eager to learn about her progressing pregnancy, labor and birth, and the importance of postpartum support. Her husband, on the other hand, wasn’t engaged at all. He’d impatiently walk in and out of the room as …

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Pregnancy During Covid-19

I’m a certified childbirth education instructor. So, it will come as no surprise that I believe every expectant parent should take a childbirth education class. While formally preparing for labor, birth and postpartum doesn’t guarantee a specific outcome or experience, it does provide a wealth of information. And when it comes to something as unpredictable …

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Should I Circumcise My Baby?

Whether or not to circumcise your baby is a personal decision often determined by a variety of social, cultural, medical, or religious circumstances. Parents have the right to choose what they believe is best for their newborn and typically undergo extensive research before deciding what’s best for their family. So, what is the process of …

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Who’s in the delivery room with you?

When I was born, there was no choice: dads were outside of the delivery room with cigars and dimes for the pay phone (ok, so I’m old…).  When my children were born, of course, my husband was there the whole time (ok, not that helpful but there..) Now, the question is: Who should be in …

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Birth Plans and Options

Where will your baby come into the world (and into your arms)? Will it be in your own bed at home? In a high-tech hospital birthing room? In a family-focused birthing center? How will you be doing that birthing? In water? While squatting? On your hands and knees? How about the environment around you? Do …

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Epidurals – What are they? Are they for you?

Whether you’ve known from day one that you’d be asking for an epidural or have your heart set on a medicine-free birth, here’s the lowdown on epidurals and how they can take some of the pain out of labor and delivery. Remember that we are all individuals and our different thresholds of pain span the …

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Moms talk about Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks are certainly a pain in the (censored)! Are you in labor? Do you go to the hospital? Is it false labor? Parents.com wants to answer these questions for you.  In an article about Braxton Hicks, they discuss Braxton Hicks, why you’re getting them, and the difference between them and labor symptoms.  When you’re …

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Fetal Movement During Every Trimester

Feeling your baby twist, wriggle, punch, kick, and hiccup is simply one of pregnancy’s biggest thrills (and it sure beats heartburn, puffy feet, an aching back, and some of the other hallmarks of these nine months). There may be no better proof that a brand-new — and impressively energetic — life is developing within you. …

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