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What Can I Do To Shorten My Next Labor?

Kerry Tuschhoff's picture
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Dear Doula,
I had a doula with both of my previous pregnancies. With my first, I was induced with pitocin. I labored for 22 hours and pushed for 2 more on top of that. I ended up having a c-section because he was wedged in my pelvis and wouldn't come down. My 2nd, I went into labor on my own and labored for about 30 hours from start to finish (most of it not too bad, and about 15 hours of it in the hospital). I only pushed for 35 minutes. And my 9 pound 9 ounce VBAC son was born!

Is Getting a Tattoo Safe During Pregnany?

Kerry Tuschhoff's picture
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Dear Doula,
My best friend and I have wanted to get a tattoo together for years. We finally decided on what we wanted, waited to make sure, then made an appointment (which is tonight actually).

She and her husband have been trying to get pregnant for the last year and this week she was supposed to get her period. She took a home pregnancy test this morning and it was positive. She's tracked the time from the possible date of conception to be about 2 weeks.

Can I Have a Baby After a Stillbirth?

Kerry Tuschhoff's picture
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Dear Doula,
My baby was stillborn 36 weeks into the pregnancy. It looks right now to be an antibody I have that produces blood clots. My doctor said I have to wait for 1 cycle and then I can start trying again. She has me set up for appointments with specialists.

I was just wondering if you knew of any people who have lost so late into the pregnancy and have had a successful pregnancy after that.

Thank you for your quick response.

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