Third Trimester

Homebirth: Whom to Invite

When you dream of your perfect birth experience, do you find yourself longing for the comforts of home complete with your own bed, quiet, personal surroundings, control over what family / friends are welcome, and more? Today's pregnant woman is increasingly turning to the respite offered from yesteryear (well - with modern plumbing which is a definite plus)! Read on for help planning your special day.

Choosing and Interviewing a Doula

The presence of a professional labor support person -- a doula, for example -- can have a huge effect on the obstetrical outcome of the birth. Randomized, controlled trials on birth support have shown shorter labor, less requests for pain medication, reduction in number of necessary c-sections. Interested in a doula? Here are tips for interviewing and hiring.

What is a Prominent Ventricle?

Jane Foley's picture


Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I was very perturbed at my last OB appointment. My doctor told me that the ultrasound technician said there was a prominent ventricle on my baby's 30 week ultrasound. She also said that the radiologist had not yet looked at the ultrasound and that she was still waiting for his interpretation.

What is a prominent ventricle? Is is dangerous to my baby? What could be the side-effects of this condition?

Please let me know. I am so worried.

How Can I Ripen My Cervix?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
Hi, my baby is due on November 6th, however I had a show last week and have been having a few braxton-hicks contractions in the evenings. I saw my doctor yesterday and he told me that the baby's head is well engaged but is still in a posterior position. He also preformed an internal examination and found that my cervix is not ripe.