The Big Day Articles

  • Cord Blood Facts

    Cord blood is a non-controversial source of "stem cells," which has the ability to differentiate into any type of blood cell and stimulate new growth throughout the body. It is being used in the treatment of over 40 life-threatening diseases.

  • Before Hiring a Midwife

    Before you hire a midwife, be sure to interview several carefully. Take your time reviewing their history, call up their references, have a list of questions handy, research the legal issues in your state and ask the midwife for proof of her certification.

  • Lifetime Interview with Dr. Jones and Nurse Amanda from "One Born Every Minute"

    We recently had an exclusive opportunity to connect with Dr. Stuart Jones and one of his head nurses, Amanda Monaghan of "One Born Every Minute," on LifetimeTV. See what they have to say about the show and the families!

  • Things NOT to Do on the Way to the Hospital

    I had a scheduled c-section for my second baby on New Year's Eve. At this time of the year out here in Burlington, it's usually fifty-five and rainy.

  • To Clamp or not to Clamp... "When?" is the Question

    There is an ongoing debate between doctors and midwives regarding the benefits and risks of the appropriate time to cut and clamp the umbilical cord. Here is a summary of the literature regarding the pros and cons of immediate vs. delayed clamping of the cord.

  • Top Ten Tips Not to Do When Your Partner's in Labor

    When a woman's in labor, it's not the time to crack jokes, create and implement hair-brained schemes or use witty sarcasm. Use these top ten tips during labor.

  • Labor Day Tips for You and Your Canine Buddy

    Ideally you will want to labor at home as long as you choose. However, your dog may respond to the changes in your moods, scents, and behaviors. With this in mind, I offer these important "labor day" tips for you and your canine buddy.

  • Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret

    Orgasmic Birth, visual storytelling at its best, is Debra Pascali-Bonaro's response to the crisis in birth today, with its increasing obstetric medicalization of labor and escalating cesarean section rates. It alternates nine birth stories with commentary by midwives, physicians, and educators.

  • What to Expect: When the Baby's Crowning

    Crowning: I had two main concerns. Would the baby even fit through there and if so, how much damage would there be to the tissues?

  • Babies' First Bacteria Depend on Birthing Method

    The delivery methods of babies have potential implications for the health of infants as they grow and develop.