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What was your experience with the triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing?
The triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing is done between the 15th and 17th week of pregnancy. It can be used to screen for genetic problems like Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Anenecephaly. There are many false positives, which can cause worry and lead to unnecessary intervention. How was your AFP test? Page 6.

What was your experience with the triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing?
The triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing is done between the 15th and 17th week of pregnancy. It can be used to screen for genetic problems like Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Anenecephaly. There are many false positives, which can cause worry and lead to unnecessary intervention. How was your AFP test? Page 7.

What was your experience with the triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing?
The triple screen, quad screen or penta screen AFP testing is done between the 15th and 17th week of pregnancy. It can be used to screen for genetic problems like Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Anenecephaly. There are many false positives, which can cause worry and lead to unnecessary intervention. How was your AFP test? Page 8.

What natural induction techniques worked for you?
Sometimes you're anxious for labor and want to try some natural induction techniques. What worked for you?

What do you miss most about pregnancy?
Now that the baby is here and all of the reality of postpartum has set in - what do you miss most about pregnancy?

Drano Test for Gender Prediction - Can Drano tell if your baby is a girl or boy?
Drano drain has been long said to be able to predict the sex of your baby when mixed with your urine. What has your experience been? Page 2.

Drano Test for Gender Prediction - Can Drano tell if your baby is a girl or boy?
Drano drain has been long said to be able to predict the sex of your baby when mixed with your urine. What has your experience been? Page 3.

What do you miss most about pregnancy?
Now that the baby is here and all of the reality of postpartum has set in - what do you miss most about pregnancy? Page 2.

How do you calculate the months of pregnancy?
Weeks, months, trimesters... it can be confusing, but nothing is as confusing as trying to calculate the months of pregnancy. How do you do it?

Due Date - What does a due date mean?
A due date is a guess as to when your baby will be born. But what does that really mean?

Due Date - What does a due date mean?
A due date is a guess as to when your baby will be born. But what does that really mean? Page 2.

How do you feel about unisex baby names?
How do you feel about unisex baby names?

What does a good childbirth class look like?
Childbirth classes teach you important lessons. What does a good class look like?

Mucus Plug - When did you lose your mucus plug?
When did you lose your mucus plug? How soon did labor start?

Mucus Plug - When did you lose your mucus plug?
When did you lose your mucus plug? How soon did labor start? Page 2.

Due Date - What did people say when you were past your due date?
Share your post due date stories.

What is your favorite Biblical baby name?
What is your favorite Biblical baby name and why?

How is a second pregnancy different from a first pregnancy?
Once you've had a baby, you've got the pregnancy thing down. Or do you? Here other moms share how their second pregnancy was different than their first!

Due Date - What did people say when you were past your due date?
Share your post due date stories. Page 2.

How is a second pregnancy different from a first pregnancy?
Once you've had a baby, you've got the pregnancy thing down. Or do you? Here other moms share how their second pregnancy was different than their first! Page 2.

How is a second pregnancy different from a first pregnancy?
Once you've had a baby, you've got the pregnancy thing down. Or do you? Here other moms share how their second pregnancy was different than their first! Page 3.

Did you have a line down your pregnant belly?
Sometimes women get a line called a linea negra down their pregnant belly. Did you get one? At what point in pregnancy?

What to name the grandparents?
Now that you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, have you thought about what you are going to call the grandparents?

What to name the grandparents?
Now that you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, have you thought about what you are going to call the grandparents? Page 2.

What to name the grandparents?
Now that you are nearing the end of your pregnancy, have you thought about what you are going to call the grandparents? Page 3.

Have you ever had a problem or complication with an induction of labor?
Complications of labor are fairly common with induction. Some are really serious and some are minor complications. Page 2.

Have you ever had a problem or complication with an induction of labor?
Complications of labor are fairly common with induction. Some are really serious and some are minor complications.

Have you ever had a problem or complication with an induction of labor?
Complications of labor are fairly common with induction. Some are really serious and some are minor complications. Page 3.

Bonding with Your Baby in Pregnancy
Bonding with your baby is a relationship builder in pregnancy. But what do you do?

How did you know when you were having your last baby?
Family size is a hot topic. But how did you know when you were having your last baby?

Baby Name Drama - Did you survive any baby name drama?
Baby name drama, it happens. Baby names are something really important. And sometimes that means, someone steals a baby name, hates a baby name or worse...

Share Your Birth Story
Sit back and read some real life tales from labor and delivery. The birth of a child is always a miracle.

Share Your Birth Story
Sit back and read some real life tales from labor and delivery. The birth of a child is always a miracle.

Changed Baby's Name! - : Baby Name Drama - Did you survive any baby name drama?
This mom found out at her baby shower that she was about to name her baby after her boy friend's ex girl friend!

A Good Baby Name is Worth the Wait! - Baby Name Drama - : Baby Name Drama - Did you survive any baby name drama?
One mom shares her story of just how long it can take to choose the right baby name. Baby name drama, it happens. Baby names are something really important. And sometimes that means, someone steals a baby name, hates a baby name or worse...

Mother-in-Law Begged Us to Change the Baby's Name - : Baby Name Drama - Did you survive any baby name drama?
The mother-in-law begged this couple to change the baby's name after he was born!

The Baby Name That Almost Wasn't - : Baby Name Drama - Did you survive any baby name drama?
Kristi and her husband were waiting it out and nearly made it. Baby name drama, it happens. Baby names are something really important. And sometimes that means, someone steals a baby name, hates a baby name or worse...

Smoking in Pregnancy Still a Problem
Smoking in Pregnancy Still a Problem

A Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace
A Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace

One Baby Every 8 Seconds
I was playing around on the Internet and was looking up some population based information. In doing so, I ran across the CDC's US and World Population

Celebrity Pregnancy: A Baby Boom?
Lots of celebrity moms having babies and announcing pregnancies. Like Morena Baccarin who had a natural breech birth in a hospital recently, Kate Winslet,

Antihistamines for Morning Sickness Problematic
Antihistamines for Morning Sickness Problematic

Filing Complaints When Employers Don't Comply With Pumping Law
Filing Complaints When Employers Don't Comply With Pumping Law

5 Reasons Your GYN Might Not Be the Best OB
You've been seeing the same GYN for years.  They did your first pap smear.  You've seen them through all of your birth control needs.  Now you're pregnant!

Helpful Advice for Infant Feeding and Parenting in a Disaster
Helpful Advice for Infant Feeding and Parenting in a Disaster

What You Eat While Pregnant Starts Baby's Taste Buds
What You Eat While Pregnant Starts Baby's Taste Buds

New Pregnancy Test Can Be Used Six Days Before Your Period
The First Response Early Pregnancy Test just got FDA approval for a new pregnancy test that can be used up to six days before your period is due. This is a

Christmas Gifts to Announce Your Pregnancy
Christmas Gifts to Announce Your Pregnancy

Holiday Weight Gain and Pregnancy
Okay, so it's fairly well known that the holidays is a time for gaining weight.  All the parties, the good food, the meals with family and friends - who can

Sometimes Labor is Boring
Sometimes Labor is Boring

Thanksgiving Pregnancy Announcements
Are you planning to share the big news of your pregnancy at Thanksgiving this coming month? Well here are some special ideas for sharing the good news

Epidural or nothing?
Epidural or nothing?

Things You Need for Baby
When you are about ready to have a baby, everyone has advice for things you have to have. As a mother of seven, here is my list of must haves for new babies.

Are you hiding your pregnancy?
Are you hiding your pregnancy?

Animal Themed Baby Shower Game
Animals are a common theme of both baby nurseries and baby showers. Whether it is jungle animals or barn yard animals, it's a pretty standard idea. There

9.5 Centimeters?
Have you ever heard anyone talk about being nine and a half centimeters dilated? A mom recently was sharing her birth story and in listening to her

What do you know about induction of labor?
What do you know about induction of labor?

VBAC Friendly Providers
If you are planning, or even considering, a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) one of the first things you will want to know is if your doctor or midwife is

A Twin Birth Story at 40+ Weeks
Nearly nine years ago I got the news - we were expecting twins. When I was pregnant with my twins, I thought for sure there ought to be some way to tell I

Pertussis Vaccine is Recommended After Week 20 in Pregnancy
Pertussis Vaccine is Recommended After Week 20 in Pregnancy

Happy Easter!
Happy Easter today to those who celebrate. When I saw the adorable photo above, I couldn't help but smile.  The site of the adorable baby chewing on the

Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Delivering Baby Mason
So Kourtney Kardashian had baby Mason. It was totally not the melodrama typically portrayed on television. You can watch some clips of the show from Jezebel.

Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid in Pregnancy
Look, I know pregnancy can be a real kill joy in the whole list of don'ts, particularly when it comes to eating.  I really try very hard to keep a positive

World Prematurity Day
World Prematurity Day

Teaching Kids About Pregnancy
Teaching Kids About Pregnancy

Thanksgiving Inspired Baby Names
So if you're having a baby sometime soon, perhaps you've considered a Thanksgiving inspired baby name.  It's easier to get along with the family over dinner

Drinking (Breastmilk) & Driving
An Ohio woman was recently pulled over for breastfeeding while she was driving. She claims that she was within her right to nurse and drive, even though her

Forum Signatures
We all love our forum signature files. You guys are a very creative group! From cute kids and hilarious quips, I've seen it all. We have a lot of questions

Jealousy
There is a due date group of which I've been a member since January 1997. We've been through a lot of things together, including many pregnancies. These women

Birth Rates in the USA
The birth rate statistics for the year 2002 were released yesterday. It was an interesting group of statistics. The actual birth rate fell, including that of

Free Stuff!
We're all surrounded by budgeting concerns. Having a baby can definitely put a strain on any one's budget. In our 7th annual About Guide Special, here are the

New Belly Photos!
What do 6 pregnant women and 7 babies have in common? They are all our new bellies of the week! Check them out!

Breastfeeding Help 4 Women
The US Government has decided to run a national clearinghouse for health information for women. During this, World Breastfeeding Week, I thought I'd bring to

Things that make you go hmmm...
A hot topic in obstetrics today is the cesarean by choice debate. While advocates of cesareans on demand cite that there are fewer pelvic floor problems, the

Digital Pregnancy Tests
Do you think pregnancy tests are hard to read? Have you ever held your pregnancy test up next to other objects just to determine if there was a color change?

New Babies!
I love to see new babies. Newborn photos are so much fun. Not only will these photos give you an idea of what to expect from your newborn's odd appearance, but

Ginseng in early pregnancy harmful
Using anything with the herb Ginseng during the first three months of pregnancy can be harmful to your baby according to a new study. There are some safe

Normal Birth
Lamaze International® has recently opened it's Institute for Normal Birth. Here you can read information on ways to stay healthy during pregnancy and how to

Amniotic Fluid
Have you ever heard of a dry birth? What about weird sounding problems like polyhydramnios or oligohydramnios? If you want to learn more about disorders of

Dealing with Labor Pain
There are many ways to deal with labor pain. Some involve relaxation, breathing and movement. Others involve epidural anesthesia for numbness of a particular

Peg Perego Aria Twin LB
Hi, I'm Robin and I'm a strolleraholic. Seriously, I'm really into strollers because I'm always on the go. Recently my addiction has been double strollers for

Sleeping with Baby
Co-sleeping or the family bed as it's also known, is a way to share sleep with your baby. Many cultures use this practice to get more sleep. Can you co-sleep

FDA Cautions Against Ultrasound 'Keepsake' Images
There is a big uproar happening over the use of ultrasound machines for fun. What is meant by that is the use of an ultrasound machine to view your baby for

3D Ultrasounds
The latest ultrasound technology includes 3D and 4D technology. These images are amazing to see. Check out our latest additions to the 3D ultrasound gallery!

Be a man!
Personally, I get rather peeved at all of the commercials that paint dads as bumbling idiots. You know the ones I'm talking about where dad doesn't know how to

Induction of Labor
So, you've reached 42 weeks of pregnancy, or you're having a medical problem that necessitates that you have your baby. Believe it or not, induction isn't all

Postpartum Fitness
Are you newly postpartum and wondering when your body will go back to the way it used to be? Well, here's a program designed by Mihai Bagiu, AFAA, especially

Drinking Can Harm Your Baby
What we have learned about alcohol and pregnancy lately has shown us that even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous to your baby. Learn more about the

Worried about Postpartum Depression?
With everything you hear in the news about postpartum depression you may be wondering what the odds are that you will suffer from it. There are several risk

Stages of Labor
Ever wonder what the stages of labor were or even more inmportantly, what they mean? Here is a complete description of what goes on in labor by the stages of

Ovulation Calculator
A quick program to help you find out when you will ovulate next. While cycle length is helpful, you do not need to know that information to use this tool. Use

Newborn Screening
Do you know what all of the pokes and prods are to your newborn baby? They are usually done to do screenings for diseases like PKU and other problems. The

Leading Cause of 1st Trimester Deaths
I bet that headline got your attention. The fact is that many people don't often think about pregnancy as a potentially dangerous event. When they do think of

One Miscarriage, One Man, One Woman
This is the story of one couple and their road through a miscarriage. In a he said, she said format, you can peek into the minds of both individuals as they

What's your baby naming style?
An interesting look at the typical styles that people fall into when it comes to naming their baby. What's your style?

Timing Contractions
Timing contractions. Just saying those words probably strikes fear in the heart of many people - men and women alike. It's really not that difficult to do, but

Oh you just glow!
Your guide to the changes to your skin during pregnancy. Are stretch marks really a necessary evil? Do you really glow?

Pregnancy Weight Gain
Everyone has a theory on how much weight you should gain in prgenancy and at what point. Learn the facts about how you gain weight in pregnancy and where it

Congressional Hearings Called For in Cesarean Birth Rates
Lamaze International is joining the American College of Nurse Midwives in a letter writing campaign to request a congressional hearing on the alarming increase

The Rabbit Died.
Can you imagine hearing those words? Nowadays you wouldn't know what it meant, since pregnancy tests are little test kits sold in every corner store. Do you

Reproduction 101
Feel like trying your hand at a basic quiz on reproduction? These are basic level questions about getting pregnant. How much do you know?

Gifts for Dads-to-be
Every dad-to-be needs to feel loved and pampered too. These are some cool items you can get as a gift for that expectant dad as he waits for his new baby to let

Weather & Pregnancy
Interested in knowing if all the old wives tales are true about the weather effecting your pregnancy? Does barometric pressure dropping suddenly send women

10 Steps to a Natural Birth
If you are considering having your baby without medications there is some planning involved. Here is what you can do to increase the chances of not requiring

Homebirth can be better than hospital...
A new study in the British Medical Journal of North American low risk pregnancies shows that home birth can be a better option for low risk women. Though you

Baby Name Suggestions?
If you're looking for a baby name check out some of these (or others): Hakeem: Arabic for most wise. Hadley: English for field of heather.

Baby Names of the Week
If you're looking for a baby name check out some of these (or others): Phelan: Celtic for brave as a wolf. Piper: English for flute player.

Baby Names of the Week
If you're looking for a baby name check out some of these (or others): MacKenzie: Irish for daughter of the wise leader. Macon: German for maker.

Delivery Room Don'ts
You're often told things you can do in the delivery room when your baby is being born or when you are assisting someone. Here are the things you shouldn't do!

Post-Baby Fashion
With a new baby, I'm trying to get out of my maternity clothes and into my other clothes. Why do we spend so much time talking about fashion for the first

Saying Thank You
Here is a quick tip from our Baby Parenting Guide on how to say thank you to your co workers or other large group for your baby shower presents, without taking

Britney has a boy!
Singer Britney Spears, 23, gave birth to a baby boy. Britney had such a fear of a vaginal birth, last month she said she hoped for a cesarean. Her wish was

House of Babies
A reality show about birth is nothing new on television. In fact, I mostly dislike the unrealistic images of birth on TV. House of Babies is totally

SIDS, Pacifiers & Co-sleeping
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) released a new policy statement on SIDS prevention. Some of the highlights of the policy statement were to have your

The Rules
The rules. We all know that they exist, but what are they? With everything being potentially harmful to our babies, we have to ask ourselves with every drink,

Pregnancy Daily
When I am pregnant I want to be joyful and think and learn about it everyday. My family and friends sometimes didn't want to discuss it as much as I did.

Baby Shower Gifts
I actually love shopping for baby shower gifts. There is nothing greater than picking the perfect present for the mom-to-be and her little one. That said,

Female Orgasm & Conception
You might not think of the female orgasm having much to do with conception, but you're wrong. The orgasm of the female is vital to getting pregnant. Learn

Women With Lupus And Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Greater Pregnancy Complications
Women with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis do experience more pregnancy complications and longer hospitalizations, according to a study of

Tom and Katie Buy an Ultrasound Machine
You might be thinking how nice it would be to have your very own ultrasound machine when you read that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes bought one for use in their

Baby on Board
So a judge fines a pregnant woman for driving in the carpool lane and using her baby as an excuse. I mean passenger. What does this mean for pregnant women

New Belly Gallery
Our famous belly gallery has a new look, new functionalities, and new pregnancy photos!

Due Date
One of the first questions you have when you find out you're pregnant is when is your baby due? The mystery that surrounds due dates is thought to be

Epidural Insertion
Photos of an epidural insertion for labor and birth. The first page is of smaller photos with fewer details for those who prefer not to see it, with the option

Erasing Fear and Building Confidence in Childbirth
Judith Lothian and Charlotte Devries, normal birth advocates and authors of The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence will answer your questions

Britney drives with baby on her lap?
In recent news reports Britney Spears was shown driving with her son on her lap, rather than in his car seat. Spears says it was to avoid the paparazzi.

Baby Names: Gender Swapping!
Baby names are so much fun! But what happens if you try to name your baby something out of the norm? What if you gender swap a baby name? What about that boy

Positions to Make Labor More Comfortable
One thing we know is that by moving around in labor and assuming different positions you can make labor much more comfortable and even decrease the amount of

Clomid Side Effects
One of my friends is having trouble getting pregnant, so she saw a fertility specialist. Her doctor prescribed Clomid for her. Being the good patient she is,

What You Need to Know About Pregnancy
Interested in learning about how your baby grows in pregnancy? Maybe you'd like to take a childbirth or breastfeeding class online? Did you know we also have

How to Swaddle a Baby
Swaddling a baby is an age old remedy for calming a newborn. New parents would do just about anything to limit crying. There are a couple of techniques for

Baby Shower Gone Wrong
I'm sure you've known that baby showers aren't fun places to be at for everyone. Well this week a baby shower got totally out of control and left the pregnant

Big Brother and Big Sister Stuff
I love shopping for my kids. I found some cute shirts this weekend, online, for my three year old twins. I got one for Owen and one for Clara. This store also

Silent Birth = Epidural?
Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise and baby Suri are home now in their mansion, less than 24 hours after giving birth. The big question of the day is whether or not she

Lack of Vitamin D Linked to Low Birth Weight in Babies
Having a low birth weight baby is a bad thing. A new study shows that you need Vitamin D to grow your baby well. Currently you are advised to get about 5

Baby Shows on TV
A Baby Story just won a daytime Emmy for a special class series. I'm actually more fond of the House of Babies. What's your take?

Baby Care Made Easy
Babies are cute and adorable. They also get pretty stinky if you don't bathe them or change their diapers. These simple tasks are often something that parents

America has the 2nd highest infant death rate
Scary isn't it? That means that the United States loses more babies in the developed world, except for Latvia, CNN reports. Is it our incredibly high cesarean

Top Baby Names 2005
I love looking at baby names and baby name trends. Just before Mother's Day each year the Social Security Administration releases the top names of the past

Episiotomy
No one really wants to think about episiotomies. But the fact remains that they are still very common in some hospitals. The evidence of science is totally

Ovulation Calculator
A quick program to help you find out when you will ovulate next. While cycle length is helpful, you do not need to know that information to use this tool. Learn

Homebirth Encouraged by the Government
The British Government is saying that they will begin actively promoting homebirth as a way to demedicalize birth in that country. Can you imagine being offered

Pregnancy Calendar
When I was pregnant, I couldn't get enough information about what was going on in my body or with my baby. Follow your baby and body week by week through the

Who is having the next big baby?
Now that TomKitten is here and so is Brangelina's baby, who is going to have the next big celebrity baby? Will it be Britney's number two? Will it be Anna

Girl or Boy?
Do you wonder how you will know if you're having a boy or a girl? Find out the latest in medical technology that allows you an advance peak into the sex of

Britney Poses Nude
Check it out in your local grocery store - Britney poses for Harper's Bazaar cover. I find it really interesting that she would pose nude given how she feels

Cesarean Recovery
Having had abdominal surgery, I can tell you that a cesarean is no picnic from which to recover. Though there are some wise words to help you through this time

Severe Nausea and Vomiting?
I know that morning sickness was one of the worst symptoms I experienced in pregnancy. But did you know that there are times when it's beyond bad? Do you throw

What's your baby shower style?
I love baby showers! The punch is my favorite thing. But there are lots of baby showers that don't have punch. It all depends on the style of the baby

Prenatal Vitamins
My prenatal vitamins were like horse pills. I had trouble remembering them, and when I did, I had trouble taking them. This isn't uncommon. Are your prenatal

Feeling Your Baby Move
When I'm pregnant, I can't wait to feel the baby move. I ask everyone I can about it. When did you feel your baby move? What did it feel like? Do you

Andrea Yates Not Guilty
Andrea Yates claimed that postpartum psychosis is the reason that she drowned her five children in the bath tub one day and then called the police to confess.

Are you infertile?
When you're trying to have a baby, you often wonder if you're going to have trouble getting pregnant. Here is a quick quiz to help you identify potential

How to Increase Your Chances of Having Twins
I love having twins! Mine are four. They are indentical (monozygotic) twin girls. They are a lot of fun, but it's not always been so much fun. Early on it

Gender preference?
We all want healthy babies, but when it comes down to it do we also have a preference for gender? Is it wrong to want a girl more than a boy? Or vice versa?

Did my water break?
A common question among pregnant women is how will you know if your water is broken. Trying to figure out if your bag of water is broken can be tricky, but

Maternal Mortality Increase with Rise in Cesarean Rate
A recent study that shows the rate of death from cesareans is triple that of women who give birth vaginally. What this new study really shows is that the

Dad's Age Increases Autism Risk
A new study shows that a dad over 40 has a 6 times higher rate of having a child with autism. Add this to the list of other things associated with older

Princess Kiko of Japan Has a Boy
Princess Kiko of Japan, wife of Prince Akishino, gave birth to a baby boy, ending 40 years of no baby boys. She was recently diagnosed with placenta previa and

Pregnancy Blogs
I'm lovin' this whole pregnancy blog thing. It's very much like the old pregnancy journals I've kept for years but with a spark. If you have a blog or have

Rev Run's Daughter Dies of Birth Defect
Rev Run and his wife were to welcome a new baby girl into their home this week. Their daughter was born via cesarean section. At birth it was discovered that

Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Poses Risks to Mom and Baby
A new study out shows that the weight we gain, or in some casses, fail to lose, between pregnancies raises the risks of harming mom or baby by a significant

Lamictal in Pregnancy Increases Certain Risks
Lamictal, often used for epilepsy and off label for headaches, increases the risk of cleft lip and cleft palate when used in the first three months of pregnancy

It's a girl!
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard welcome a daughter, Ramona, yesterday as reported by Celebrity Baby Blog. She was born two weeks before her due date. In

Anna Nicole Smith's Cesarean was for a "big baby."
The Celebrity Baby Blog reports that Anna Nicole Smith gave an interview about her cesarean section, even showing video coverage of the surgery on television.

Breastfeeding Woman's Plight Prompts National Nurse In
In October, Emily Gilette was asked to quit breastfeeding her baby on a plane. When she refused she was escorted off the plane. There has been a lot of media

First Princess Keiko, now Marcia Cross?
Princess Kiko of Japan, wife of Prince Akishino, gave birth to a baby boy this fall. She was diagnosed with placenta previa and gave birth via cesarean. Now

Paxil Linked to Birth Defects
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information that Paxil may increase the risk of certain birth defects, particularly in early pregnancy. So

Hospital Bugs Kill Babies
A baby boy is dead and five girls are ill at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in London. The hospital says that a form of Staphylococcus aureus is

Twins Born in Different Years
I was scanning CNN for a quick update of my personal news and I saw a headline exclaiming that twins had been born in different years. I had to chuckle because

Infant Outcomes Worse with Planned Cesarean
A new study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that infants born after a planned cesarean are twice as

Marcia Cross on Bed Rest for Pregnancy with Twins
The Celebrity Baby Blog is reporting that Marcia Cross, who plays Bree on Desparate Housewives, has been placed on precautionary bed rest as she finishes the

Could you be pregnant?
Most everyone knows the basics of how to get pregnant, it's the subtlities that elude most. So here is a collection of popular questions and answers from my

Simple Medications that May Harm Your Baby
Being pregnant means you have to watch what you eat and what you drink. Sometimes it is easy to feel overwhelmed about what you can and can take even when

Anesthesiologists Change Labor Guidelines
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has issued a new press release talking about changes that they have made for labor and delivery guidelines and

Fertility Quizzes
It's raining here and I was just meandering around About.com, I came across these interesting fertility quizzes from our infertility guide. Be sure to check

Mother's Day Pregnancy Announcements
Well, Mother's Day is almost here and there will be lots of positive pregnancy tests. That means you'll be looking for fun, holiday ways to share the news of

Happy Mother's Day!
Updated: It has also been an amazingly happy Mother's Day for several celebrities this weekend. Find out who has new celebrity babies!It's Mother's Day and

Second Baby Showers
No matter what you think about baby showers, they are here to stay. I personally enjoy a good party for just about any occasion, so a baby shower is just as

10 Things to Love About Being Pregnant
Now that Ada is getting to be less of a baby and more of a toddler, I'm feeling baby urges again. You might be wondering what there could possibly be to love

Tubal Ligation Reversals
One of my friends is trying to make the decision about postpartum birth control. One of the things she is considering is having her tubes tied, also known as

Pregnant Women Need More Exercise
Most of us know that exercise is good for the general population, but pregnant women tend to slack off on the exercise. Research tells us that pregnant women

When is your baby due?
Trying to figure out your due date can be difficult. Do you go by the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP)? What about when you first felt your baby

Tiger Woods has a girl! Julia Roberts has a boy! So does Keri Russell...
Tiger Woods and his wife Elin also welcomed a daughter, their first child, on Monday, June 18th. Tiger just finished the US Open Sunday, and the baby arrived

All Pregnant Women to be Offered Screening for Down Syndrome
The American College of Obstetricians and Gyneclogists (ACOG) is recommending that every woman who is pregnant be offered a screening for Down Syndrome. Gone

Is your doctor supportive of breastfeeding?
With breastfeeding in the news again, it's hard to ignore that breastfeeding has some pretty amazing benefits for moms as well as their babies. This most

About.com Guide to Baby Care
I am pleased to announce that my book, The About.com Guide to Baby Care, is now available online and in stores. From Amazon.com: If you're like most new

Celebrity Baby Blog and Big City Moms Celebrate!
Celebrity Baby Blog and Big City Moms are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with some really cool events in the New York City area. If you're able to

The Hormones of Labor
I just got home from the DONA International Conference in St. Louis, MO. It was a lot of fun. I also found it to be very mentally invigorating. I love

BlogHer 2007
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Does having a baby boost your productivity?
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Contractions are a part of life and labor. You simply can't give birth vaginally without them. While mothers tend to worry about what contractions will do,

Is caffeine okay in pregnancy? (The answer might surprise you.)
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Help Start a Breast Milk Bank
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Deadly Risk of Induction
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Rare Ectopic Pregnancy Goes to 38 Weeks Gestation
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Nicole Kidman Welcomes Daughter
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Angelina Welcomes Fraternal Twins
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Morning Sickness
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Reading to Baby Before Birth
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Does Angelina Jolie have postpartum depression?
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What can you do to protect your newborn?
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Jerry O'Connell in the Dog House with Pregnant Wife
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Jaime Lynn Spears' Breastfeeding Photos = Child Porn?
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Why Women Choose Cesarean Sections
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Asian Women with Caucasian Partners = High C-section Risk
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Morning Sickness - The Worst Pregnancy Symptom?
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Eight Years Ago Today...
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Umbilical Cord Care - Newborn Baby Care Basics
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Links You'll Love!
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Choosing an Epidural for Labor and Birth
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Tips for Pregnancy Tests
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Links You'll Love!
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Are childbirth classes worth it?
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Drinking Before You Knew You Were Pregnant
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Nursing Mothers & Postpartum Pain Relief
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Asthma in Pregnancy Guidelines
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Staying Up-to-date with Pregnancy News
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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion
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Is there a problem with iodine in prenatal vitamins?
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Avoiding Premature Labor
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Pregnancy Insomnia - Not Sleeping Well in Pregnancy
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Having Your Belly Touched
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SIDS Reduced by 50% - Do you know how?
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Prenatal Testing Basics
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Pregnancy Cravings - Some pregnant women like pickles...
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Oops! When an Epidural Doesn't Happen
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Cesarean Rates Rise for 11th Consecutive Year
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How do you know what you're getting in medical care?
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10 Things to Ask Your OB
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Are you having twins?
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International Day of the Midwife
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New Mom with H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu) Dies
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Low Birth Weight and High Blood Pressure
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Swine Flu and Pregnancy Precautions
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Elective Births Before 39 Weeks Risky for Babies
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Women Encouraged to Eat in Labor
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What you don't know about the hospital can kill you.
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Some Pregnant Women Need to Gain Less Weight
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Inexpensive Labor Tools
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Pregnant Man Gives Birth to Son
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Pregnancy Blogs
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Obstetricians Rethink Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
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Childbirth Injuries Rates Drop, Infant Mortality Still High
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Mothers Can Be Mean
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Common Postpartum Pain Medications Removed?
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Pregnancy Increases Swine Flu Risks
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Give a Sister a Break for Her Birth
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Baby Shower Memories
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