6 birthing options and tips on how you can decide which one’s best for you

Nine months seems like a long time, but your due date will be here before you know it. You may not even be thinking about delivery at this point since you're most likely just finding the right prenatal vitamins that don't make your morning sickness worse, but with so many choices available you may want to start thinking about it sooner rather than later. Before you can decide on the birthing option that's best for you, sit down with your partner and talk things over. …

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Midwives: The 4 myths that scare pregnant women away

In the U.S., physicians deliver 85 percent of babies in a traditional hospital setting. Across the pond in Europe, however, midwives attend to most births with favorable outcomes for both mom and baby. What's holding Americans back from seeking alternative care? We think these common myths about midwives may have something to do with it. Let's debunk them! MYTH: Using a midwife is not safe TRUTH: Midwifery practices come in many shapes and sizes: There are midwife groups that operate within a …

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5 reasons you need a doula in the delivery room

If there were ever a day to truly need a cheerleading team, the day you go into labor would be it. While your partner may seem like plenty now, having a doula in the delivery room can be invaluable in ensuring you feel safe, comforted and confident. A doula is a certified professional who is trained to offer emotional and physical support to women in childbirth. Here are five reasons why we think every woman should hire one for the big day:Doulas give you peace of mindA 2012 Norwegian study …

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Pregnancy overtime: What to expect if you pass your due date

There comes a time in every woman's pregnancy when the phrase, "When's your due date?" is enough to make her cringe. If you're approaching your final weeks and worried you'll go straight past your estimated delivery date, there's no need to panic. We've laid out all the details on what's at risk when you go into overtime and what happens next.How accurate are due dates anyway?It's important to remember that estimated due dates are just that …

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Basic rules for choosing a nanny

Leaving your child in the care of another person can be an emotional event in a parent's life, but there are steps you can take to make sure you pick somebody you trust. Once you've made the decision to bring a nanny into your home, do your homework and find the right person. Let the professionals help There are no national standards to which nannies are held, so making the process of selecting one seem a bit harrowing. Don't fret though, there are plenty of …

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Planning ahead: Survive early labor with these 3 tips

If we believed what Hollywood depicts in its movies, then all babies would be born quickly, dramatically and with a whole lot of screaming. How many storylines have shown us a woman's water breaking, and only moments later, that same woman pushing in a hospital bed? These lightening quick deliveries, while possible, are hardly the norm - especially for first time moms. In real life, you can expect a much slower progression of labor - spending hours or even days in the early stages.What is …

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8 steps to take today for a healthy pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, everyone seems to have an opinion on what's best for mom and her baby. When taking in all of this advice - some of it hair-brained, some of it contradictory - it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed, confused and frustrated. That's why we're going back to basics, paring down the most sound and simplest advice for a healthy, stress-free and happy pregnancy.Find your health care teamOne of your first steps should be finding a doctor or midwife who …

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3 easy tips for battling the pregnancy weight gain blues

Of all the ups and downs pregnancy puts a woman through (hormonal acne, swollen ankles, a thicker mane), weight gain can be the toughest pill to swallow. Unlike the majority of other pregnancy symptoms, packing on some extra pounds is the one thing every single expectant mom is supposed to go through. But that doesn't make it any easier on our self esteem.The American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics recommends that the average mother-to-be gain anywhere from 25-35 pounds by …

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The new dad maturity calculator – quiz

Wondering how your partner will be as a new dad. Take our quick quiz! 

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The birth plan: Why no pregnant woman should be without one

Imagine this: You're in the hospital. One contraction rolls in just as the other subsides. You're exhilarated. You're nervous. But most of all, you're focused: breathe in, breathe out. And then, it happens. Your doctor furrows her brow and hits you with a big question that you aren't prepared to answer.Saving your decision-making for the delivery room is not the smartest move. With all the focus on getting through each contraction, you're not in the mindset to …

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