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Inducing Labor

Sometimes, due to health or other concerns, labor must be induced, or artificially started. Labor inducement can be a long process and induced labor is slightly different than “regular” labor. Labor can be induced using a variety of methods. Check with your provider to determine which method they prefer to use. Some practitioners prefer to […]

Aromatherapy Recipes for Pregnancy and Labor

By Demetria Clark, www.heartofherbs.comPregnancy has always been a time when I have been so thankful for my knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy. I am not one of these women that carry pregnancy beautifully, I gain tons of weight, swell, have heartburn, gas and sleep all the time. Even though I am not the perfect […]

Top 10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Going to Delivery

By Amy Cummings 1. Don’t waste time buying a nice outfit for the hospital. After women give birth, they bleed (like a heavy period). I was much more comfortable in the hospital gown and those undergarments they give you to wear. It is so much easier. 2. There is a pretty good chance you may […]

Value and Purpose of Labor Support

By Cami Nettekoven There are numerous benefits of a Birth Doula. Studies have shown that having a Doula may greatly reduce the percentages of medical intervention. The relationship between Doula and the family is one of respect and comfort. The relationship starts during pregnancy, where the trust is formed. Information is gathered, education is obtained […]

The Art of Inductions

When you first find out you are pregnant, you may immediately start envisioning the perfect labor and child birth. You will be at home, your water will break, contractions will start, you will show up at the hospital, have a quick labor and delivery, and then your baby will be born! However, most of the […]

Surviving a C-Section

by Lee-Anne Robert After 42 weeks of pregnancy, two days of undergoing inducement and physical stress on the baby, my daughter was delivered via an emergency C-section. Oh, it was music to my ears when my gynecologist arrived in my hospital room at 4:30 a.m. and told me they were going to do an emergency […]

Premature Labor

Going into labor prematurely is a fear many pregnant women feel, especially those who have faced premature labor before. Premature labor is defined as labor that starts between the 20th week of pregnancy, when the cervix to begins opening earlier than it should. There are many signs of premature labor. If caught early enough most […]

Phases and Stages of Labor

There are three main phases and stages of labor that you will hear referred to quite often when it comes time to deliver your baby. However, there is no reason to wait until you are in labor to learn about these phases and stages, what they involve, and what you should be doing during each […]

Pain Management During Labor

Years ago when our mothers or grandmothers were in labor, pain relief was not an option. Every woman who delivered a baby, unless they did it by c-section, would do it “naturally” without any pain relief. Women of child-bearing age today are lucky because they do not HAVE to go through labor and delivery feeling […]

Natural Birth: Giving Birth with Lamaze and More!

By Danielle GoodnightFor today’s mother, methods for natural birth include so much more than Lamaze class! The Lamaze method of natural child birth is probably the most recognized name in methods for giving birth, but mothers-to-be wishing to prepare for a natural birth have so many programs to choose from. To find a great child […]

My Experience with Pre-Term Labor

By Judy Shaw Pregnancy is such an incredible experience in a woman’s life. My experience was incredible in an unsettling way. While I was pregnant with my first child I felt wonderful for the first six months. I was always on the go and loved watching my belly grow. Then suddenly at 24 weeks, I […]

Mucus Plug

As the third trimester weeks crawl by – and they do crawl by don’t they! – many pregnant women look for any sign that labor is impending.  One of these signs is the loss of the mucus plug.  Yes, losing your mucus plug is a sign that labor is likely coming soon! What Is A […]

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