The Big Day Articles

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Top Ten Tips for Creating Your Birth Plan

    Many pregnant women feel unprepared for one of the hardest and yet most rewarding days of their lives, the day they give birth to a child.

  • Three Things Nurses Wish You Knew About Childbirth

    Wonder what labor and delivery nurses think women can do to better prepare for childbirth? PAC/LAC asked perinatal nurses in Southern California. Here are the top three replies.

  • Podcast: The Politics of Birthing

    Episode 8: The Politics of Birthing with Cynthia Flynn, CNM, PhD. - September 17, 2009 Listen Now



  • What to Expect: Early Labor

    After hours or even weeks of non-productive pre-labor contractions, your body may begin to have rhythmic contractions that seem "different" to you. Are they the real thing? Read on for confirming sypmtoms and things to do while you're waiting.

  • Fueling Up During Labor

    Women need energy for labor. Is eating and drinking during labor only natural or is it a bad idea? Learn what research says regarding conventional obstetrical practices.

  • Laboring on Labor Day

    Labor Day honors the workers contributing to the well-being of our country. For us mommies though, the holiday takes on a whole other meaning!

  • Labor and Birth Terms to Know

    If you've been reading about labor or birth and are wondering what some of the terms mean, check out list out for concise definitions and links to more information.

  • Questions to Consider When Choosing a Birthing Location

    Choosing a birthing location can be scary, time-consuming and stressful. We've put together a list of questions to make it easier!