Having a baby is an exciting time. There is so much to do and you have the joy of starting or adding to your family and it can all be a little overwhelming. Amidst the celebrations, of course, you do have to make sure that you figure out a birth plan that fits your needs and gives you the experience that you want.
We are blessed that we live in a country where we have incredible options for birth. Even though it's daunting sometimes, look at it as a gift many mamas would love to have.
The March of Dimes just released the 2012 Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. has hit a new 10 year low for preterm births. This is a significant improvement now registering at 11.7 percent! Use our resources available here on Pregnancy.org to get you and your baby off to a healthy start!
As soon as you saw a positive on the pregnancy test -- or maybe before -- you began planning your baby's birth. Do you prefer a hospital, a birthing center to have your baby at home? Who will attend? A midwife, an OB/GYN, a doula? What are your options?
You can ‘be empowered' all you want. You can have the best birth ‘experience' in the whole freakin' world. You can ‘feel good' about your birth until the end of time. But at what cost to the baby today or you? Find out what this dad has to say about it!
Should a doula be part of your birthing team? Your doula may provide emotional support, physical comfort or information, whether your birth takes place in a hospital, home, or birth center.
Your due date has come and gone. Your ready to serve an eviction notice to your small resident. What can you do that might get the message across?
You've said your final good-byes at work. You've finished the nursery. You've celebrated the upcoming birth, baby shower or blessing ceremony. Now you're ready to focus on the big day. What can you expect when labor starts for real?
You can collect your baby's cord blood and save it. Years later, it can be used in case of emergencies with your child or transplanted to a patient who suffers from cancer or rare genetic disorders.