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There is so much to say on the issue of baby's position and how it plays a crucial role in your birth experience and outcome. Most moms and health professionals are satisfied once they have established that baby is head down. But, truthfully, that is only one small part of…

How to Avoid an Induction

Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:15
You've just had a regular prenatal visit with your doctor/midwife. You've navigated your way through prenatal testing and birth plans, all the while trying to ask the right questions and make informed choices. Today, the Dr. drops a bombshell. "I won't LET you go past 41 weeks". She goes on…
Why is it so hard for women in labor to say "no"? "No, I won't let you use the vacuum extractor on my baby." "No, I won't come in for an induction when the non-stress test says my baby is fine." "No, I don't want to be confined to the…
Announcing a pregnancy can be a challenge. More than just sharing news with others, announcing your pregnancy opens up the opportunity for people to ask questions, share opinions and even impose criticism. Everyone including the Wal-Mart clerk seems to have an opinion about your pregnancy! I think that's why people…
I remember the first birth I attended as a midwifery student. It was this mom’s first baby. At one point during transition, she was in the bath and she was moaning as loud as she could. I began to feel uneasy that she was experiencing so much pain. My instinct…
I discovered I had a prolapsed bladder just 2 weeks after giving birth to my fourth child. I could feel a fleshy bulge caused by my bladder slipping down and putting pressure on my front vaginal wall. I was devastated. I felt broken, scared and alone. I wondered if I…
When I had my sixth child, I tried an herbal bath mix in my early postpartum. Not only was it incredibly soothing, it helped me heal faster! I even brought my new baby into the bath with me. He loved the warm water and I loved the relief! It’s an…

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