Pregnancy & Childbirth Sitemap - Page 11 2014-03-06
How many kids do you want and when?
This is a very interesting discussion for me. I think that the number really varies and I also don't think it's something you can decide in first grade or while
Reading to Baby Before Birth
It may sound silly to begin reading to your baby before he or she is born, but it actually has numerous benefits. Most babies love the patterns of your voice
Does Angelina Jolie have postpartum depression?
According to some newspaper reports, Angelina Jolie is suffering from postpartum depression since the birth of her twins nearly two months ago. It's not a
What can you do to protect your newborn?
A doula client recently had her baby at a local hospital where they love to brag about their security system for preventing newborn abductions. It all sounds
Jerry O'Connell in the Dog House with Pregnant Wife
Ouch! Did you hear what Jerry O'Connell said? On Conan the other night he called his gorgeous, model/actress, wife huge. Now mind you, she's pregnant with
Choosing a Baby Name
We've been waiting to choose a baby name for our new daughter. It was a hard choice. It had lots of requirements on it: Had to sound good with the other
Flu Shots in Pregnancy May Help Newborns Too
It is recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot. Now there is a reason, other than the intended reason - your newborn can gain protection from the flu
Certainly no one wants or asks for a complicated pregnancy, but a certain percentage of women will experience some form of a complication in pregnancy. From
Jaime Lynn Spears' Breastfeeding Photos = Child Porn?
TMZ is reporting that someone has stolen photo of Jaime Lynn Spears breastfeeding her baby, Maddie. Since Jaime Lynn is under 18, this has supposedly sparked a
Why Women Choose Cesarean Sections
There has been a lot of debate about women choosing cesarean birth for their babies. A new Australian study looked at this very question. While this was a
Asian Women with Caucasian Partners = High C-section Risk
It's been known for a long time that there are various things that increase the risk of having a cesarean. Some of them include: Age Weight
Home Birth Dads
There is a blog that I love to read from a midwife in Australia. She has some really amazing birth stories and photos to share. I read her post about dads and
Morning Sickness - The Worst Pregnancy Symptom?
I was never sure what the worst pregnancy symptom was going to be. Quite honestly, before I got pregnant, I never really gave them much thought. In fact, if
High Tech Interventions Overused says Study
Consumer Reports looks at a study that shows us that too many high tech procedures are being used for childbirth, leading to more problems than they are
Do you wet yourself when you sneeze? (Guess which celebrity does?)
Did you happen to catch Elizabeth Hasselbeck talking about her little problem? Apparently she had a bit of incontinence with her last pregnancy. If sneezing
What we're getting wrong...
The infant mortality rates for 2005 were released this week. It's bad news for the United States again. We've dropped. We're currently 29th - meaning 28
Episiotomy and the Risk of Future Episiotomy
When you go to the labor and delivery room, you never know what's going to happen in there. One thing many moms worry about is the need for episiotomy. While
Eight Years Ago Today...
We have a tradition in our family to always tell the birth story to you on your birthday. This tradition actually started by my mom always sharing the story
Umbilical Cord Care - Newborn Baby Care Basics
When I brought my first baby home I was terrified of her umbilical cord. I didn't know what to expect and yet I was supposed to clean it and keep it from
US Gets a D for Premature Birth
Today is National Prematurity Awareness Day sponsored by the March of Dimes. Today they've released a report card for the United States on prematurity rates
Links You'll Love!
Here are the sites we're enjoying this week! My Beautiful Cervix If you are thinking about getting pregnant, or simply find the human body fascinating,
Reality Check When Trying to Get Pregnant
Once you've made up your mind to try and get pregnant, you're ready NOW! Unfortunately it really doesn't work that way. The menstrual cycle is complex and
If you've been over the to message boards or the due date forums, you've probably seen a pregnancy ticker or two. These are the cute little scripts that
The Romijn/O'Connell Twins are here!
Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell welcomed fraternal twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose O’Connell and Charlie Tamara Tulip O’Connell arrived on Sunday, December
Teen Pregnancy on the Rise
The CDC released the final birth data for 2006 as it does every year. One thing that they track is the teen parenting stats, which were up 3%. And again, teen
Choosing an Epidural for Labor and Birth
Epidural anesthesia is a very popular form of pain medication for labor and birth. Though given the benefits and the risks, some women are leery about
Tips for Pregnancy Tests
So, your period is late. Your breasts are sore. You might even be having some nausea. What are the first signs of pregnancy? Are you pregnant? Pregnancy
Links You'll Love!
Here are the sites we're enjoying this week! Before You Buy Shoes in Pregnancy Ugh pregnancy really did a number on my feet. But the Shoes Guide,
Decluttering for Baby
I'm never quite hit that nesting phase yet but I definitely had a list of projects I wanted done before the baby got here. Some of them were bigger projects for
Okay, I don't think you've missed the news about the octuplets born in California last week. As the mother of eight I had to laugh when I heard that one was a
Are childbirth classes worth it?
That's the question posed by first time mom, Leah on her blog. I was actually quite interested in her notes as well as the comments. And I was delightfully
Drinking Before You Knew You Were Pregnant
Sometimes it happens that you find out you're pregnant and realize that you were drinking in early pregnancy without knowing it. We usually just have to say
Nursing Mothers & Postpartum Pain Relief
Postpartum pain is something that most people don't consider. If you've had an episiotomy or cesarean section then you will most likely need to prescribed
Music for Babies - Does U2 Count?
So my husband and I got to go out to the mall the other night and we were meandering through stores. He and I went to check out the baby section at one store
Asthma in Pregnancy Guidelines
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released formal guidelines on caring for the asthmatic patient this month. Citing the
Staying Up-to-date with Pregnancy News
If you're like me you are constantly checking your favorite blogs to see if they have updated. I learned a trick from our email guide on how to do it without
The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion
I am pleased to announce that my book, The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy,
Is there a problem with iodine in prenatal vitamins?
A new study shows that perhaps your prenatal vitamins have a problem with iodine. Now before you go checking the bottle, the issue was that the bottle
Avoiding Premature Labor
Women who are carrying multiples. Women who work overnight shifts. Women having their first baby. Women who have experienced it before. These are the women who
Accutane and Pregnancy
There are many medications that you can take in pregnancy safely, though not every medication can be taken without a worry. A good example of a drug that is
Pregnancy Insomnia - Not Sleeping Well in Pregnancy
Pregnancy insomnia is one of the symptoms of pregnancy that I often forget about until it strikes. I actually got both types, trouble falling asleep and
Having Your Belly Touched
There is a poll and a thread going on in the forum about having your belly touched by other people right now. I actually found the discussion fascinating to
SIDS Reduced by 50% - Do you know how?
Let me start by telling you that reducing the rate of SIDS is a subject near and dear to my heart. My nephew, pictured above, died on March 6, 1992 from
How long does it take to get pregnant?
How long does it take to get pregnant? It's a fairly common question as women are trying to get pregnant. There is at least one question like this in my mail
Prenatal Testing Basics
I just attended a birth where the mom was lamenting that she felt like she had had every invasive test known to man in her pregnancy. The wide variety of
Pregnancy Cravings - Some pregnant women like pickles...
With every pregnancy I craved something different. The most recent pregnancy it was actually steak and pellet ice. Thankfully I never craved any of the
Oops! When an Epidural Doesn't Happen
Reality Rounds recently wrote about women not getting epidurals in her article, No Epidural for You, You Bad Girl. As a nurse in a busy labor and delivery
A Great Diaper Debate
Just like people have certain coffees, lipstick or other personal items, diapers stir the heart of many a parent, with a good reason. I mean, let's face it, if
Cesarean Rates Rise for 11th Consecutive Year
It really wasn't a surprise to me that the cesarean section rate rose again. Today when the CDC released the preliminary birth data from the year 2007, based
How do you know what you're getting in medical care?
Every so often there is a huge medical story about someone who wasn't properly informed of something before having a medical test or procedure and then
10 Things to Ask Your OB
We all need information from our doctor or midwife. And yet, whenever I walked into my appointment, it seemed that every question I had left my brain. I
Are you having twins?
There are lots of celebrities expecting or having recently had twins. I can tell them a thing or two! Five years ago I got the news - we were expecting
The Duggars are expecting!
Not that this is a headline that you would be surprised by, however, it is not the Duggars that you are used to seeing in the news. This time Joshua and Anna
Facebooks and Due Dates
Lately I've been enjoying facebook, maybe a bit too much. But it's really interesting to watch other people and what they do and say as well as connect with my
Please, never shake a baby... even on an iPhone.
Apple announced today that it has pulled the application Baby Shake from the App Store. This application had a drawing of a baby that made a crying noise and
Mother's Day for Mothers-to-Be
Mother's Day probably means something a little bit different for everyone. I know in my house growing up it meant lots of little craft projects from school
Swine Flu (H1N1) and Pregnancy
No doubt you've heard about the recent outbreaks of Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza A) in several countries, including the United States. While I'm not ready to
Burst of Energy Before Labor - Or is it nesting?
You often hear people talk about a burst of energy before labor, also commonly called nesting. This can take on many different forms from a burst of cleaning
Breastfeeding and the Swine Flu (H1N1 Virus)
Protecting your baby from the swine flu (H1N1 virus) can be as simple as breastfeeding your baby. If you are close to having your baby or have already had
Microwaves in Pregnancy
I have to admit that when I was newly pregnant, everything worried me. That included my microwave. Could I have a baby born with birth defects simply because
International Day of the Midwife
May 5th is International Midwives Day. There is a great list over at the Midwives Alliance of North America on how to celebrate. The World Health Organization
New Mom with H1N1 Flu Virus (Swine Flu) Dies
The first death of a US citizen with the H1N1 virus (swine flu) has died. Judy Trunnell was 33 years old when she died early Tuesday. She was hospitalized
Emily is dethroned! Most popular baby names announced...
Just before Mother's Day every year, the Social Security Administration announces the most popular baby names of the previous year from birth certificate data.
Children at Birth
As we prepared for Baby Ocho, we also prepared the older kids to attend the birth. For our kids, this means we read books about birth and babies, talked to
Some Advice from an Experienced Mom
I'm sitting here in the few minutes I'll have alone today on this, my 18th, Mother's Day. I remember my first Mother's Day, about half way through my first
Low Birth Weight and High Blood Pressure
Low birth weight is defined as 5.5 lbs or smaller at birth. This can be because of a preterm birth or even a baby who simply had growth issues during the
Swine Flu and Pregnancy Precautions
Due to the recent outbreaks of Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza A) in several countries, including the United States, the CDC is warning that pregnant women are more
Elective Births Before 39 Weeks Risky for Babies
A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms other recent studies and news saying that due to the unpredictable nature of due
How old is too old to have a baby?
Elizabeth Adeney is going to become Britain's oldest mother at the age of 66. She conceived via IVF done at a clinic in Ukraine. While it is a well known fact
Women Encouraged to Eat in Labor
Last year the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) joined with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) in saying that eating in labor is
What you don't know about the hospital can kill you.
Sad but true, many people who enter the hospital don't come back home and it's not from their original illness many times. Since the majority of women in the
Some Pregnant Women Need to Gain Less Weight
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) made the first revision to their pregnancy weight gain guidelines since 1990. Now the
Inexpensive Labor Tools
With each of my labors, I've had something I couldn't live without. One thing, though that one thing differed for each baby. One labor the birth ball was my
Pregnant Man Gives Birth to Son
Thomas Beatie made headlines last year as he gave birth to his daughter, Susan. Born a woman, he had gender reassignment surgery but kept his female
If you're like me you are constantly checking your favorite pregnancy blogs and journals to see if they have updated. I learned a trick from our email guide on
Happy Fathers Day!
In honor of fathers and fathers-to-be, here are some articles and videos just for you on your special day! Daddy Baby Shower Sympathetic Pregnancy
Jon & Kate - Divorce with Kids
Despite the fact that I'm asked a lot about Jon and Kate Plus Eight, since I have eight children myself, I've only seen a few episodes, namely at my husband's
Obstetricians Rethink Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
Fetal monitoring is a way to listen to your baby in labor. There are a couple of types of monitoring that are mainly used, including external fetal monitoring
Childbirth Injuries Rates Drop, Infant Mortality Still High
The good news in this report is that if you gave birth between 2000 and 2006, vaginally without the use of forceps or a vacuum, then your rates of injury fell
Mothers Can Be Mean
I read with interest Judith Warner's account of what mean people say when they judge mothers, often as strangers. I found myself nodding my head and thinking
Common Postpartum Pain Medications Removed?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted yesterday to discontinue the use of two medications that are frequently prescribed for postpartum pain - Percocet®
Glucose Test Predicting Girl or Boy?
I have a friend who is pregnant with her third baby. She has a boy and a girl at home. They decided not to find out the sex of this baby before birth. So
Michael Jackson's Kids and His Vision of Postpartum Care
Never in my mind did I think that there would be anything remotely related to Michael Jackson on my site. But tonight as I listened to Debbie Rowe, his former
Is a cesarean cheating when it comes to birth time?
The date was 07-08-09. Oddly enough, the time was 12:34:56. (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) This happens only twice a century and one mom in Oklahoma has a birth
Thrifty Thursday: Affordable Car Seats
I remember having my first baby and being a college student. The place where I was doing my work study wanted to buy a gift for my husband and I for the new
Oxford English Dictionary of First Names
There are tons of free sources for baby names available on the web, but none, quite like the Oxford English Dictionary of First Names. Besides being a trusted
Pit to Distress
There is a lot of talk going on about a phenomena called Pit to Distress. Basically this means that an obstetrician or midwife orders pitocin to be given,
Connecticut Bans Keepsake Ultrasounds
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long warned consumers against the use of ultrasound purely for keepsakes. This doesn't mean that you can't take an
Bad Names Make Boys Bad?
Social Science Quarterly, Shippensburg University professor David Kalist and his cohort, Daniel Lee, spent a lot of time looking at baby names and juvenile
Oldest Mother Dies, Leaving Twins
Maria del Carmen Bousada became the oldest woman to give birth in 2006. She conceived via IVF and bore her twin sons, Pau and Christian. She had lied to the
Lack of Evidence for Antibiotics for Group B Strep in Labor
Group B Strep, also known as Beta Strep or GBS, is something that the vast majority of women in the United States are tested for in pregnancy. As the Cochrane
Pregnancy Increases Swine Flu Risks
The H1N1 virus or swine flu is thought to put pregnant women at a greater risk for serious complications. This is certainly true for the seasonal flu. Though
Give a Sister a Break for Her Birth
Reading one mother's story of how she felt about her birth on her child's birthday made me think. Giving birth is a pivotal moment in life. Just as the
Lack of Fish Makes You Depressed in Pregnancy?
I'm starting to think that fish is the next big cure all. Recent studies have now suggested that fish in pregnancy might elevate your mood. It's the omega-3
Attacking Cesarean Section Rates
The state of Washington has a cesrean section rate of just under 30%. This is actually below the national average. But legislators are aiming to bring it
Changing Your Baby's Name
Last week while I was on vacation, I struck up a conversation with another mother in the long grocery store line. I asked her how old her baby was and we
A friend who is in her first trimester and I were describing how weird it is for us to feel the urge to sleep. She and I are both chronic insomniacs who sleep
Baby Shower Memories
A friend of mine attended a 40th wedding anniversary party recently. She told me that they had a quilt displayed that everyone had signed and made during the
More Women Pregnant After 35
Women are delaying giving birth longer than they used to do. In 1970, the average age of a first time mother was 21.4 years old. Studies done following up on
Addicted to Pregnancy
Apparently, some women are addicted to pregnancy, at least according to Women's Health Magazine. I probably wouldn't have found out about my affliction had it
CDC Ponders Routine Circumcisions
The CDC is considering making a statement towards the end of this year that states they recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys. Their reasoning
I laughed as I read a blog post from My Salad Days. Jenn had just welcomed her second daughter, from her post. In her post she talks about the ups and downs of
The Duggars are Expecting Again!
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are expecting baby number nineteen. Their oldest child is expecting his first baby with his wife next month, and their youngest is
Clinical Trial of H1N1 Vaccine in Pregnant Women Begins
The anxiously awaited H1N1 vaccine is starting to roll out. One of the first things on the list is to run a clinical trial of the H1N1 vaccine on pregnant
Postpartum Pain Relief
Having just had a baby, I can tell you, postpartum is no picnic. There were the physical aches and pains, the teary eyes (mine and baby's) and everything else.
Exercising Cuts Risk Of Excessive Newborn Weight
First time moms who work out at least three times a week can cut their risks of having a baby who weighs more than 8 lbs. 13 ozs. by a quarter. The problem is
Protecting Newborns From H1N1 By Hospital Visitor Bans
It really was only a matter of time before hospitals started talking about banning visitors from seeing babies right after birth due to the threat of the H1N1
Wear Your Baby!
Did you know that it's International Babywearing Week? I love wearing my baby. With my first I thought I would hate it. I thought it would be difficult.
Pregnant Women Have Trouble Getting Vaccinated
It's a difficult spot to be in. You are pregnant. You don't want to get H1N1 flu variant while pregnant. You want a vaccine, seasonal flu or H1N1. You can't
Saving Money on Pregnancy Books
If you're like me, you love to read about pregnancy. With every pregnancy, I've spent hours pouring over pregnancy books, enjoying details about what my baby
Halloween Costumes for Big Bellies
I'm trying to gather some photos for an article on Halloween costumes for pregnant women. If you have a photo you'd like to send, please read the
Thrifty Thursday: Cheap Pregnancy Tests
I really like pregnancy tests. My problem is that they are sort of addicting. There are some people who take one and call it good. That's not my style. I'm
The Duggars are Grandparents!
Josh and Anna Duggar welcomed their first baby, a girl last night. In the video it actually looks like they had a home birth. Michelle Duggar, who is
Choosing Child Care
One of the things you are probably not thinking about immediately upon getting a positive pregnancy test is the child care option that is best for you and your
Halloween Baby Names
Halloween is around the corner and if you're a big fan of this holiday and due towards the end of October or early November, you might be considering a baby
Women Forced to Extreme Measures by Birth Practices
The headline from CNN reads: Mom won't be forced to have C-section. Then they tell you what happened to Joy Szabo She's expecting her fourth baby next
Posh Baby Strollers
Strollers are a near necessity, particularly if you enjoy walking. It's a great way to get baby out of the house and get some exercise. There are moms who
The Stress Over Birth Plans Heats Up
Let me say up front that I don't think birth can be planned. Having had eight children, I can assure you that plans are something you make while your baby
Tools for Picking Baby Names
There are also some pretty cool baby naming tools available nowadays. Annika? Eric? Poppy? Piper? Jerome? Which name sounds good to you? Baby names are
Halloween Pregnancy Announcements
Don't laugh but Halloween has become a really big deal. So much so that there are some really clever ways that some people have been announcing their pregnancy
Bun in the Oven
Are you planning a cool costume for Halloween? Interested in how to make this bun in the oven costume? Or if you have a costume you'd like to add, consider
The Induction Crack Down
It's been brewing for awhile now, the idea that inductions are out of hand. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
Free Breastfeeding Resources
I love a good freebie whenever I can get it. Though in general I subscribe to the no such thing as a free lunch type attitude, here are some great deals for
Will H1N1 effect the hospital waiting room?
As if being concerned about contracting H1N1, whether or not to get vaccinated and how to protect your baby wasn't enough - now you need to worry about the
Goodbye Jon & Kate, Hello Hayes Family
The producers at TLC have announced that Table for 12 will take over for the space that Jon & Kate Plus Eight and the ill fated Kate Plus 8, held. Table for 12
Inexpensive Preterm Labor Teaching Tools
If you haven't heard yet, November is National Prematurity Awareness Month. Recently it was shown that the US ranks 30th in infant mortality, mainly due to
The Why Behind Morning Sickness?
We've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why pregnant women have morning sickness or in some cases all day sickness. There have been a lot of theories
Tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Last week I got an invitation in the mail from my local March of Dimes Chapter. They were inviting me to take a tour of the local Neonatal Intensive Care
Where to Find Out About Prematurity
If you haven't heard, November is National Prematurity Awareness Month, with today being the focal day on prematurity. I'd like to take a different approach to
Just a Little Early...
When we're pregnant the first thing we want to know is our due date. Once we are armed with that information we find out that a term pregnancy is defined as 37
An Inexpensive Push Present
Sometimes we think about what's in it for me when it comes to birth. There is a lot of talk about push presents of the several karat variety. I'd like to to
Obese Women Should Gain No Weight?
This year the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) made the first revision to their pregnancy weight gain guidelines since 1990.
Deliver My Baby
Deliver My Baby is a new and interactive quiz found online. You answer about 20 quick questions and choose between a handful of statements. It took me about
New Blood Test Accurately Predicts Baby's Sex at 5 Weeks Gestation
A Dutch study looked at 201 women over the course of several years. They were able to give an answer 189 times and were right every time. This didn't involve
Getting Pregnant Can Land Some Women Jail Time
Women who get pregnant, and the men who impregnate them, can be sent to jail in one Division serving in Iraq. This is true even if the couple is married. I
PUPPP in Pregnancy
Dr. Brannon, the Dermatology Guide, tells you all about this common skin rash in pregnancy. Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), also
Pregnancy and Baby Record Keeping
I'm sure you've heard about people joking about their baby books. You know, the first baby has every minute recorded, the second baby has it's birth recorded
Pregnancy is a time of change. That is such an understatement. I mean seriously, in addition to our bellies growing and expanding, we have to also add swollen
Baby Shower Planning Guide
Now that fall is here, you may now be thinking forward to your baby shower. So if you're planning a baby shower in the next few weeks, you probably are
Down Syndrome Births on the Rise
Down Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder. There are many tests offered in pregnancy to screen for Down Syndrome, including nuchal fold test, first trimester
Calming a Crying Baby
Ada was a crier. I really, really hoped that Noa wasn't. While it's not exactly what I would order, I have learned a few tricks to calming babies. Crying
Christmas Gifts for the Baby-to-be
I was talking to some pregnant women the other day and they were telling me the gifts that they had purchased for their baby to go under the Christmas tree. I
Welcome Baby Dugger!
Updated: Josie Brooklyn was born at 25 weeks gestation, weighing just one pound six ounces. She is said to be in stable condition in the intensive care.
Pregnancy Jokes and Humor - What's in a name?
So I was reading our Humor Guide's list of aptonyms, names that are perfectly suitable for someone or their job, and couldn't help but be tickled by some of the
When is it safe to have your baby?
In an pregnancy that is perfect normal and healthy, there seems to be some confusion on the part of women as to what constitutes a safe time line for giving
Things That You Worry About for Labor
Let's face it, most pregnant women spend at least some time worrying about things birth related. Here are some examples: Cord Around the Neck
What's ovulation got to do with getting pregnant?
Most of us know that there is an egg involved with getting pregnant. I can remember being a young girl and picturing chicken eggs inside my body and being
How will you spend early labor?
Some of my fondest memories are spending early labor with my husband watching Notting Hill in the wee hours of the morning. It was calm and easy. As labor
Thrifty Thursday: Cloth Diapering
If you haven't given cloth diapers a second thought, you may want to before your baby is born. Gone are the days of pins and messy leaks. The new cloth
Maternity Thongs Take Over the World
When I was pregnant with my first seventeen years ago, being pregnant meant one thing in the underwear department - grandma panties. I even specifically
Obese Women Retain Weight Postpartum
Researchers looked at over 1,600 obese women. They found that they gained too much weight in pregnancy. (Don't forget the new guidelines for weight gain in
The Basics of Labor
Last week in childbirth class I started teaching about labor. I love to hear the stories that others have heard about labor, particularly how does labor
Lennon and La Leche League: How have they helped you?
La Leche League International (LLLI) mourns the loss of Viola Lennon, one of the seven co-founders. She died on January 22, 2010 at her home in Chicago,
Decorating Your Baby's Nursery
There are so many options and ideas about nursery decorations and themes. Need some tips to help you stream line your thinking when it comes to baby's room?
Calling Family and Friends After the Birth
One of the more fun things about having a brand new baby is being able to call the relatives and announce your bundle of joy. But as we talked about
Josie Duggar Update
Josie Duggar is the 19th child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. She was born 15 weeks premature after Michelle suffered from preeclampsia. Delivered via
Pregnancy & Sex
My mailbox often gets flooded with pregnancy sex questions. Perhaps you and your partner have questions about sex in pregnancy as well. When is it safe? Can
Newborn Screening and Research: Bad Blood?
Newborn screening is what is done shortly after birth to look for congenital disorders that need to be diagnosed quickly. This has been done since the 1960s,
Alternative Ways to Feed Your Baby
Sometimes breastfeeding gets off to a rocky start or you aren't planning to breast feed, you still have to feed the baby. There are obviously baby bottles, but
Having More Than 5 Children Increases Heart Disease Risk
A new study in the American Heart Journal shows that women who have had five or more births have a greater risk of heart disease. The risk was lowest for women
Maternity Bathing Suits
I know it's still really cold outside. In fact, I'm staring at over 8 inches of snow. But I needed to think warm, sunny thoughts today, so why not bathing
Large First Trimester Weight Gain Increases Risks of Gestational Diabetes
There are a couple of ways to look at pregnancy weight gain: Yay, I'm pregnant and I can eat everything I want because I'm eating for two! Yay,
Pregnancy Announcements - April Fools Style
Nineteen years ago April Fools Day, I was driving home from the doctor's office, trying to think of how to tell my husband that we were expecting our first
Cesarean Awareness Month
April is Cesarean Awareness Month (CAM) sponsored by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN). It is a time for awareness for all pregnant
Gaining Weight in Pregnancy
With my most recent pregnancy, I didn't gain as much as I had with previous pregnancies. Partly because it's just the way it worked out and partially because
Save Money on a Rocking Chair or Glider
I was really intrigued when I heard someone at a childbirth educator training talking about using a birth ball in the postpartum period. I used it to sit on
1st Trimester Fetal Growth Predicts Late Pregnancy Outcomes
Your baby's growth, even as early as the first trimester, can help your doctor or midwife predict potential problem pregnancies in the third trimester.
Webinar on VBAC and Suture Layers
The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is hosting a webinar discussing what the layers of suturing done during a cesarean birth have to do with
While there were days I couldn't drag myself out of bed, I did get a fair bit of exercise in pregnancy. But can you imagine being an Olympian while pregnant?
Babies Born with IVF Mostly Healthy
About 4% of all babies born are conceived using techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF). It's been just about 30 years since the first IVF, or test tube,
Pregnancy and Depression in the News
Sometimes it just happens that one topic gets a lot of news all at once and this week has been hopping with news of prenatal depression. While prenatal
Home Births Increase
Today the Centers for Health Statistics at the CDC released data on the trends in home births and birth centers from 1990-2006. Considering some of the recent
Fresh on the heels of the NIH VBAC Consensus conference where the panel urged that more women have access to VBAC because it was generally safer for mother
When did gender neutral become a bad word?
So I was talking to my friend the other day, she has a daughter who is two weeks older than my youngest daughter. The key piece of information here is that
Thrifty Thursday: Saving Money on Doulas
Since it's Thrifty Thursday and May, I thought I'd combine a money saving tip with the celebration of International Doula Month! A doula is a trained
Delayed Cord Clamping
I was doing some homework for my epidemiology class and I came across something that reminded me about a story I had heard on NPR about delayed cord clamping at
Save Money While Eating Better in Pregnancy
One of the things that happens when you become pregnant is that you tend to think about things that you can do to be healthier. Eating right is one of the ways
Celine Dion is Expecting Twins
Singer Celine Dion announced this weekend that she and her husband are expecting twins in November. The singer has been doing IVF to try to conceive for many
Breastfeeding for 6 Months Can Save Lives and Billions
A new study out in the journal Pediatrics reports that: If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6
Late Preterm Birth Rates Drop
In the past few years many different organizations have taken aim at what is known as the late preterm birth rate. These are babies born between 34-36 weeks
Thrifty Thursday: Money Saving Tips for Pregnancy
Let's face it, most of us are tightening our budget. While some reports say that spending on our kids isn't effected, I can't see how that is possibly true.
I Don't Know Nothin' About Birthin' No Babies - Or do I?
A friend from high school sent me a link on facebook late last night to an article she found in Slate. The article sums up some of the pivotal moments in
Babies: The Movie
Babies! Ponijao, Mari, Hattie and Bayar are the little stars of this film. I was lucky enough to see it this past weekend with a bunch of girlfriends. Though
Travolta's Expecting #3: Pregnancy After Loss
John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston announced that they are expecting a third baby. Their 16 year old son, Jett, died in January 2009 after a seizure.
HIV Infection Rates Increase for Men with HIV Positive, Pregnant Partner
A new look at HIV infections show that while women are more susceptible to infection in general, male partners have a higher risk of becoming infected by having
Avoiding Food Hazards in Pregnancy
Cookouts and other parties looming large in the horizon, perhaps it's time to review the food rules to live by when you're pregnant. Is grandma's turkey safe?
Pregnancy Test Questions?
Taking a pregnancy test isn't supposed to be hard. But when you're taking about something this important, you want to get it right. What does that mean
Thrifty Thursday: Saving Money on Prenatal Lab Work
There is a certain amount of routine prenatal lab work that is done in the vast majority of all pregnancies. You get your blood type done, check your iron
Inexpensive Pregnancy Tests
Are you anxious about getting an accurate positive pregnancy test, also know as the BFP (big fat positive). The truth is that everyone worries about the
A Gleeful Birth
Spoiler Alert: I'm going to talk about the Glee season finale here. Last night I predicted that Quinn would have her baby - what makes for better TV? (If it
It's my birthday...
I say this not for a self-congratulatory note but because I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite traditions surrounding my birthday: the telling of my
A Salute to Dads
Father's Day is this weekend. Perhaps you or your baby daddy have been thinking that it doesn't quite count if you're still pregnant. I'm of the belief that
Angelina Jolie Planning for a Midwifery Centered VBAC in Ecuador?
Pop Sugar shows a quick video clip of Angelina Jolie in Ecuador talking to a refugee midwife and saying she'd come to her next time for her care. While I've
February 2011 Due Dates!
Did you know that the February 2011 Due Date forum is already up and running? I know that feels like it's a long ways away but it's really not. Jump in to one
Induction Doubles the Risk of C-Section
Induction of labor has become a growing issue. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of induction has more
Free iPhone Apps for Pregnancy and Parenting
The new iPhone 4 comes out today and the new iOS4 came out earlier this week. I might even be the proud owner later today, who knows. But what I do know is
Breastfeeding Ad Targets the "Booby Traps"
If you open up today's USA Today in several large metropolitan areas, you might be surprised to find the newest ad from the Best for Babes Foundation. With
Alcohol in Pregnancy Lowers Sperm Counts in Sons
A new study presented at conference of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology shows that mothers-to-be who drank 4.5 alcoholic drinks per week in
Baby Showers on a Budget
Everyone loves a good party! And a baby shower is another excuse to throw a big party. Though with the economy in a downturn, there are people who are worried
Beware of the Picnic Foods in Pregnancy
This weekend is a huge time for picnics, in addition to that, it's a huge time to see food poisoning. Being pregnant makes it even more important to watch
Of Fireworks and a Fetus...
Happy 4th of July! I'm not sure about where you live, but we had a lot of fireworks going off in my neighborhood last night, enough for me to question whether
Sun Bathing in Pregnancy
Right in the middle of the summer season with the open swimming pools and other sun spots, it's time to pay attention to your sun exposure and think about
Pregnant Alicia Keys Falls
Falling when you're pregnant is nothing new to anyone who has sported a baby bump. But when you're Alicia Keys, singer, and you fall on your behind during a
OBs Say VBAC is Safe
The American Congress of OB/GYNs released their new vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) guidelines yesterday. In addition to citing the overwhelming evidence
When are twins not really twins?
One Utah mother is finding out that having a condition known as a didelphic uterus can lead to having two simultaneous pregnancies, but the babies were not
Myths abound in pregnancy, some of them surround the most basic of daily functions, including bathing. From taking a bath to lifting your arms over your head
Thrifty Thursday: Free Childbirth Class Online
Childbirth classes are an important part of preparing for a baby, no matter what type of birth you are planning. There are many different types of childbirth
Should you work up until your delivery?
I get asked this question a lot. I mean seriously, there are a lot of things to consider when trying to decide how long to work. While there are no easy
Thrifty Thursday: Free Prenatal Care
While technically there is no such thing as a free lunch, there are places where you can turn to for help with your prenatal care. Some are local programs,
Cord Blood Donation
July is Cord Blood Awareness Month, so I thought I'd share with you some information about cord blood donation. Currently cord blood is used for stem cells to
Second Baby: What are you having?
I have several friends who are currently pregnant with babies, not their first. One of the moms who is having number three was talking to me and we were joined
Wordless Wednesday Submissions
Wordless Wednesday is a once-weekly blog feature that will display a belly or baby photo. Here's what you need to include: Your name or baby's
Thrifty Thursday: Saving Money & Pregnancy
Let's face it, most of us are tightening our budget. While some reports say that spending on our kids isn't effected, I can't see how that is possibly true.
Wordless Wednesday - Baby Bump 8 Weeks
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Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services for the 21st Century Act (HR 5807)
Health care is a hot topic this year, but right up near the top is maternity care. Researchers, midwives, doctors and, most importantly, mothers are standing
Three Trimesters of Pregnancy
Everyone probably knows that there are three trimesters of pregnancy. What you may not know is that each trimester is vastly different in terms of what
Thrifty Thursday: Free Breastfeeding Handouts
Breastfeeding is an important part of your baby's first year. Many mothers choose to breastfeed. To get prepared, you need lots of information. Here are some
Fewer Babies Being Born
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that the provisional birth data for 2009 shows a 2.6% decrease in the number of births. They
Pregnancy Weight Gain and Big Babies
The National Institutes of Health funded a study that looked over prenatal records. It found that women who gained 53 lbs in pregnancy had babies who were
How will you celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?
Did you know that World Breastfeeding Week is this week? If your group or area is interested in doing something fun, or even if you're looking for a personal
Curbing Impulse Buying for Baby
There is a ton of baby stuff out there. And all of it calls to be purchased! Trust me, I'm a sucker for an adorable baby outfit. I've even been tempted to
Thrifty Thursday: Packing for Labor
Packing for labor and delivery is always a fun task. Sure, you see people in the throes of labor, madly throwing things into a bag at the last minute, and
Duggars Open to a 20th Child
Michelle Duggar confided that she and her husband, Jim Bob, are open to a 20th child, even though their 19th baby, Josie, suffered major medical complications
Grandparents and Breastfeeding
One of the things that we know about breastfeeding is that they more familial support you have the easier it is to breastfeed your baby. While dads often have
Many people don't really think about breastfeeding when it comes to adoption. But even the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that
Full of Life
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What New Moms Need to Lose Baby Weight
A new study that look at how moms lose weight best after delivery shows that there are three principles that can aid in the lose of the baby weight weight:
Cutting Epidurals to Save Money?
A proposal in Utah is being made that elective epidurals and c-sections shouldn't be covered on Medicaid. There is a rumor floating around that college
Pregnancy and Salmonella Poisoning - The Egg Recall
Unless you're living under a rock you've heard about the big egg recall for the risk of Salmonella poisoning. The eggs in question came in 6, 12 and 18 count
What to do when you're overdue...
I'm one of those people who has babies who can't read calendars. While we all know that the concept of a 40 week pregnancy is only a guess, it still doesn't
Laboring on Labor Day
Labor Day is next Monday in the US and I have always thought it was funny to be in labor on Labor Day. I actually came very close two years ago, having my
Happy Grandparents Day!
When you are pregnant, you spend a lot of time thinking about becoming a mother or father. What you may think less about is your parents becoming grandparents!
Budgeting for Breastfeeding
One of the important reasons that many families list for breastfeeding is that it is free. This is a true statement. But I'm here to offer you some advice.
Saving Money on Postpartum Pads
One way to save money and add comfort to postpartum bleeding is to consider reusable postpartum pads. These pads absorb your vaginal discharge, known as
Drano and Gender Prediction
I was at a party last night and surrounded by pregnant women, even though it was a kid's party. So we all started talking about pregnancy and eventually we
Inviting Grandparents to the Birth
It's Grandparents Day! If you're expecting then you're dealing with grandparents, even if this is your first baby. One of the biggest questions that comes up
36 Weeks Pregnant with a Baby Girl
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Are we too impatient about getting pregnant?
I'm noticing a trend and I wonder if you see it too - people who are really upset when they don't get pregnant the first month or so that they are trying to
Flu Shots in Pregnancy
As the fall approaches, so does flu season. While there is a lot less hype about the seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu virus of 2009, pregnant women will still be
New Pain Management Technique for After a C-Section
After having a conversation on Facebook about pain relief after a c-section, someone commented about On-Q. This is a pump device that is left place at the
When were you born?
Happy Labor Day! In my family we like to tell your birth story the night before your birthday. It is actually quite fun and something that started from me
Relief for Morning Sickness Not Adequate
That's the headline from the Cochrane Database, an evidence based organization known for it's meta-analysis of research on various topics.Today they are
Stepford Prenatal Care Clinic
This photo just makes me think of the routine in routine prenatal care...not a great thing. Wordless Wednesday Submissions Facebook | Twitter | Free
Save Money on Baby Naming Services
Did you know that there are now services that you can pay to have someone help name your baby? For $350 you can have help in picking the right name for your
Everyone discusses family size since the birth of the Suleman octuplets and I've been getting a lot of dirty looks when I take my kids out. Now, I only have
Baby Born on a Boat!
After writing about place names for babies last week, I got this fun birth story from our Sailing Guide on a baby named Bearing. His name was chosen because he
Can Christian moms relax?
There has been a recent series of articles talking about Christians and yoga and how yoga might not be appropriate for Christians because of the clearing of
What does healthcare reform mean for childbirth?
Everyone, happy or upset, is talking about healthcare reform this week. I'll stick to my neck of the woods to tell you a bit about what it will mean when
Free Advice in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time to think, plan and act. But you need to have your good pregnancy buddies around to do that. I've made friends with each pregnancy. In
It's Estimated Due Date, not Expiration Date.
I've been talking to a lot of moms in the last few weeks who have all had a problem with the practitioners and scheduling their births. These moms are
Women hiding their pregnancy on planes!
Women hiding their pregnancy on planes! That's the headline I saw on my newsreader last night. My first thought was seriously? The article details a few
Wordless Wednesday: Dads
Dads love babies! Wordless Wednesday Submissions Facebook | Twitter | Free newsletter Photo © Grapevine Photography
Wordless Wednesday: The Delivery Room
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The Future of Birth
This past weekend I've been enjoying learning about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding from some of the best researchers and teachers out there at the Future of
More Baby Boys Born After Certain Fertility Treatments
A new study just published looked at standard in vitro fertilization (IVF)
Does age make a difference in pregnancy?
I'll admit that my personal opinion is that pregnancy was much easier in my early twenties than it was in my mid-thirties. But is it really the age or is
Too Little Sleep in Pregnancy Tied to Preeclampsia
If you sleep less than five hours a night in pregnancy, your risk of preeclampsia is ten times higher than if you sleep between 7-9 hours. There was also a
Free Patterns for Nursing Clothes and Baby Carriers
Personally, I don't sew very well. Though I found out that I have some very handy friends as we all became mothers. Many of them made nursing shirts, baby
Pregnant Food Cravings & How to Deal
When I told a pregnant friend that I was writing something on how to deal with pregnant food cravings, her list was short: Be nice to your partner
Is light drinking in pregnancy okay?
The news is all a flutter with a new study from England saying that light drinking in pregnancy may be fine and not carry the risks that have often been
Wordless Wednesday: Oh! It's a baby!
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Free Lullaby Album and Birth Announcement
The Every Ounce Counts Campaign is offering a free lullaby album for download as well as a free birth announcement that you create. While you're there you can
Free Pregnancy Tickers and Widgets
If you've been over the to message boards or the due date forums, you've probably seen a pregnancy ticker or two. These are the cute little scripts that
Celine Dion Welcomes Twin Boys
While proving she's not the diva that she is on stage, Dion had a very quiet, (scheduled ?) cesarean for her twin sons born October 23rd at 11:11 and 11: 12
Cesarean Birth After Previous Cesarean
Today in the forum rachelwilliams41 asks about how a cesarean after multiple cesareans is different. Have you been there? What advice do you have for her?
Movies NOT to Watch While Pregnant
Okay, so I fall prey to well meaning friends and family who love to show me movies. Unfortunately, I've managed to watch some real doozies while pregnant.
Baby Shower Cakes & Cookies - including a Cake Wreck
We've discussed fetal cookies and weird baby shower cakes before, but I got a really good laugh out of reading about the baby shower cake features on Cake
DHA in Pregnancy Doesn't Help
Many women had been taking DHA (fish oils) to aid in the reduction of postpartum depression or in advancing cognitive skills for baby. A new study, DHA to
Pregnancy Books, Kindle and Other E-readers
I've been thinking a lot about pregnancy books and the Kindle (and other e-readers). While I love having a book at hand, always, and I hate dragging books
Prenatal Smoking and SIDS
Smoking in pregnancy is a problem. It is estimated that 13% of pregnant women smoke. While it's long been known that smoking in pregnancy, and second hand
Using Pediatricians to Spot Postpartum Depression
The idea of using pediatricians to help spot postpartum depression (PPD) is on one hand brilliant! (A new recommendation published in the journal Pediatrics
Labor Rooms Are Full!
Full moon that is! With the full moon and all the weather systems, my facebook and twitter feeds are going crazy with babies everywhere. In fact, Kimberly
Pregnant Pumpkin Carvings
I'm trying to avoid carving my own pumpkins this afternoon, but in looking for some cool pumpkins, I found some pregnancy inspired pumpkin carvings. Rixa
I really enjoy talking to pregnant women, which is beneficial, since it's a large part of what I do. To that end we have a lot of pregnancy forums. Here's
A Free Knitted Uterus Pattern
Okay now you're probably wondering what you could do with a free knitted uterus pattern, the obvious answer is to knit a uterus... but if you want to know what
First Trimester Sex in Pregnancy
Fertility Flower recently did some research about first trimester sex in pregnancy. Their poll found that more than 1 in 5 couples were foregoing having
Who stars in your pregnancy dreams?
Last night, I dreamt that Marilyn Monroe was at our house trying to seduce my husband. We had a huge catfight out on the front lawn of our home. On the
Minnesota Looks to Decrease Elective Inductions
Minnesota is looking to decrease their rate of elective inductions and births prior to 39 weeks. The new policy would have hospitals and doctors devising
Bed Rest in Pregnancy
Bed rest can be prescribed by your doctor or midwife for a large variety of reasons in pregnancy including preterm labor, complication with your cervix, a
Car Seat Safety for Newborns
New information on infant care seats and safety - basically don't use them for anything but a carseat and limit travel time for infants under 4 months to 1
Due Date Buddies
When you're pregnant you really want to share that experience with others. There is nothing better than talking to others to learn about pregnancy and to
Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy
You may have heard that if you are pregnant you shouldn't have a cat. That's not quite true, but there are reasons to avoid changing the kitty litter. (Oh
Managing Back Labor
A couple of my babies have been posterior in late pregnancy, but my second to the last baby was head down, until the day before she was born. Then she
Due Date - The Movie
There is a fairly new movie, called Due Date. The basic premise is a dad has to drive across country to get home in time for his wife to have a baby.
Insurance Open Enrollment
Around this time of year you might be asked to start thinking about and selecting your insurance coverage for next year. Whether you're pregnant or trying
Can your pets tell when you're pregnant?
My cats are acting weird towards me now, says Mandy. They WANT to be around me which is strange. They want to lay on me which none of them but the two
Happy Valentine's Day, Baby!
Okay, I'm not completely off my rocker. I showed up to class tonight to cupcakes! While we were snacking on the delicious treats brought in by some of my
Silent birth originally gained a lot of notariaty when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were expecting Suri. But now that fellow Scientology followers, John
Miscarriage and the Holidays
It's that time of the year when families gather together to celebrate. Perhaps you were really excited about gathering around the Thanksgiving table or the
Save on Pregnancy Pillows
Pregnancy pillows are all the rage to help you get comfortable and sleep well in pregnancy, particularly in those last few months when insomnia is a real bear.
A friend of mine recently gave birth. I went to visit her in the hospital a few hours after the birth of her baby boy. She told me, while it was all
Travel in Pregnancy
If you are considering a travel plan for the upcoming holidays, you might be worried about long lines at the airport or even high gas prices, but I urge you to
Black Friday Shopping While Pregnant
You might have already had your turkey and are sitting down planning your Black Friday shopping for tomorrow. I thought I'd throw out there that you should
Amazon Mom Saves You Money
Amazon Mom is designed for all primary caregivers, despite the name. What they offer is the following: Additional 15% off the subscribe and save plan
Kelly Preston Gives Birth to Benjamin
Kelly Preston and husband, John Travolta, gave birth to Benjamin Travolta. He was born on Tuesday evening in Florida. Kelly had previously given birth at
Baby Shower Diaper Cake
Okay, I like to consider myself crafty, though I'm very obviously no Martha Stewart. Once I even made my own butterfly cake for a baby shower. So when I
Smoothies for Morning Sickness
Morning sickness sucks. One of the big problems with experiencing this pregnancy symptom is that you run the risk of becoming dehydrated or your nutrition
Constipation in Pregnancy
No one really wants to talk about constipation in pregnancy, but it's truly one of the earliest signs many women experience. Constipation is caused from
A friend asked me today about a breastfeeding law in another state. I was able to quickly look it up online with the use of this chart. There is also a
CDC Issues New Group B Strep Guidelines
Group B Strep, also known as beta strep or GBS, is a fairly common bacteria in women. In fact it is estimated that about 25% or more of women carry this
Pregnancy, TSA and Full Body Scans
If you're traveling this weekend, you're probably wondering how your pregnancy will make things different with all the talk of full body scans and pat downs
Ultrasounds in Pregnancy
Ultrasound testing in pregnancy was once reserved for only high risk pregnancies or a pregnancy where there was a very specific need for ultrasound. Now it
Vitamin D Guidelines for Pregnancy
The Institute of Medicine have issued new guidelines for Vitamin D and Calcium in pregnancy. While a lot of people have been talking about Vitamin D a lot
World AIDS Day: Pregnancy
AIDS as it has to do with pregnancy and breastfeeding has come a long way in the last few years with many changes taking place in our thinking. While the
Healthy People 2020 and Childbirth Classes
Maternal Child Health has over 30 objectives in the latest release of the Healthy People document, Healthy People 2020. Among the items listed
The Mom Hair Style
It's true. I have a mom hair cut. I walk in, sit down in the stylist's chair and say: I have eight kids, I don't own a blow dryer and I need something
Aromatherapy in Labor
Aromatherapy is one of the easiest ways to help alleviate stress and anxiety in labor. Though this is not something that many hospitals talk about, nor do
Coloring Your Hair in Pregnancy
One of the most frequent questions I get is whether or not it is safe to dye your hair in pregnancy. Do you color your hair in pregnancy? I also get plenty
Itchy Belly in Pregnancy
Yes, my belly is rather itchy during the third trimester, though I realize others have it worse. Pregnancy simply has a way of doing that to my skin, but
What do contractions feel like?
Cramps. Tightening. Waves. When you ask women what a labor contractions feel like, you get lots of answers. Lots of moms have given their answers to this
In April I always remember one of my miscarried babies. Having a miscarriage was one of the hardest things my husband and I ever did. It's always hard to
Are you ready for parenthood?
Recently I read a blog post about how frazzled parents spend so much time with their kids these days that they don't have as much time to do things like
Information on this genetic testing and how it can be used in all stages of pregnancy to draw information about your baby, like genetic problems and fetal
Morning Sickness May Run in Families
A recent study shows that morning sickness may run in families. This can be handy in figuring out new treatments, since many of the treatments for morning
Don't Buy Baby Stuff You Don't Need
Let's face it, there are a ton of baby products out there and available for you to buy. You have money, we can find you something to spend it on. And even
Babies Born to Highly Caffeinated Moms are Shorter
In a recent study that looked at the diets of over 7,300 mothers, it was found that women who took in more than six cups of coffee per day had babies who
How do you choose your hospital?
After reading some comments about why so many celebrities choose Cedars-Sinai, I started wondering what other women think about when choosing a hospital. So
Early Term Babies at Risk
As the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) releases the final birth data for 2008, a new term emerges - early term. Early term is used to define
The Essential Ingredient: Doula
DONA International has a new video that it has produced called The Essential Ingredient: Doula. The goal of this video is to explain what a doula is and how
Winter Coats for Pregnant Women
It's getting cold, so staying warm is on people's minds. Okay so I get an email that I think I know the answer to, but it's a fashion question regarding
Hosting a Great Blessing Way
As much as I loved my baby shower, I really, really treasured my blessing ways. I loved the sense of being with other women who were all supportive of the
Glee Baby Names
Last night I was talking to a mom who was saying that she was thinking about naming her baby girl, Quinn. She laughed and said that while she'd been
Is it safe to use a cell phone while pregnant?
A recent study looked at children at age seven whose mothers had used cell phones during pregnancy and after and those who were not exposed to cell phone
As you can imagine, I've read many of the pregnancy books available, I've even written a few of them. Awhile ago someone gave me a book about a midwife to
Awkward Pregnancy Photos
Taking photos in pregnancy is a good thing and a great way to commemorate your pregnancy. I laughed out loud at the Pregnant Chicken's compilation of
Shaving for Labor
Okay, so the question has come up about shaving for labor. While this was once a hospital standard procedure, now it's a choice for women to make. The big
Free Breastfeeding Help
There are days we all need help. Breastfeeding is no different. If you find that you need help getting started or just have some questions, you might need
Reading in the Womb: Your Baby is Listening
I often talk to moms and dads about talking to their baby, singing and even reading to their baby while pregnant. We know that from about the midpoint of
Contractions, contractions, contractions!
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,
The Best Position for Labor
Awhile ago I had this discussion on my facebook page about what was the best position for labor. I had a lot of great responses. I had a lot of great
Finding a Christmas Baby Name
Baby names are often chosen because of a special time of year or event. Christmas is no exception to that rule. There are plenty of Christmas names to go
Drop Side Cribs Banned
Drop side cribs were banned yesterday. This is due to several infants deaths due to the design of the crib. While some say the order was done too late in
Rh Factor in Pregnancy
What does the Rh factor have to do with pregnancy, and how can it harm you and baby? It's something that pregnant women are routinely screened for and if
Geeky Baby Gifts
Geek. Nerd. Whatever you call those who have a love for science and math, that's what we're working to raise our kids to enjoy. So when it came to baby
Mariah Carey is Having Twins
So Mariah Carey is having twins with her husband, Nick Cannon. She supposedly told President Obama the news and it was confirmed by her husband on a radio
Breastfeeding Benefits Boys' Brains
A new study in Pediatrics shows that baby boys were who breastfed through six months had higher academic achievement scores in math, reading, spelling
It's a girl for Vince Vaughn!
Vince Vaughn and his wife Kyla Weber, welcomed a baby girl on Saturday, December 18th. Locklyn Kyla Vaughn weighed in at 7 pounds even. She was 20 inches
My how things have changed...
I was recently thinking about my uncle. He was my grandmother's first child and he was born at home. I didn't know this fact until I went to tell my
Okay so the holidays are coming up. One of the things I've noticed year after year is that there is an increase in the induction rates just before
Signs of Labor - Is it really labor?
In the beginning you worry about those first signs of pregnancy. But once you have a positive pregnancy test, you think more about feeling your baby move.
Girl or Boy: What the Old Wives Tales Have to Say
Trying to figure out whether your baby is a girl or a boy has been the source of much thought. Before the days of genetic testing and ultrasound you had