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Get Smart Articles on Pregnancy & Birth

Feeling Anxiety During Pregnancy? Or Anxiety About Birth? I Did Too…

Feeling anxiety during pregnancy and having anxiety during birth is oh so normal. Don’t worry, you’re in great company! Didn’t anyone tell you? Everyone has anxiety during pregnancy and at least a little anxiety about birth. Everyone. Yep, it’s true. Having anxiety during pregnancy is part of the journey. Don’t believe me? Check this out… […]

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Water Births: What is a Water Birth like? Should I think about one?

Water births can seem kinda weird when you first think about ‘em. Why in the world would you give birth in the water? Isn’t that just something tree-huggers & hippies do? But when you actually stop to think about it… And then check out the research. It actually makes a lot of sense. Hydrotherapy is used […]

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Pregnancy, Labor & Birth Terms You’ll Hear | Knowing Them Will Help You Make Better Decisions.

Download the PDF version of Pregnancy, Labor & Birth Lingo. Overall Care:   Evidenced Base Care- health care based on the usage of current, up-to-date evidence when making decisions about a patient rather than health care based on opinions, old protocols or socially determined practice (see our Get Smart resource, with examples, on Evidence Based […]

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Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section (VBAC- ‘vee-bak’)- Can I have a VBAC?

Some providers assume “once a C-Section always a C-Section”. That’s because the scar tissue left on the uterus’ wall from a C-Section is weaker than the uterus itself, resulting in concerns about the uterus rupturing during childbirth. But (and it’s a big one), a growing body of current research supports Vaginal Birth after C-Section as a […]

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How should I get ready for Pregnancy & Birth? Or should I just wing it…

On a scale of 1-10 for life events, having a baby is a whopping 100. Yep, hands-down, it’s off the charts. But that 100 quickly turns into a 1, when women feel that they are unprepared going in. Moms often say…“I regret not doing more research on pregnancy, labor & birth. I assumed my provider […]

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How to Protect Your Perineum & Why It’s Important to Start NOW

Great idea! I like protection! But what’s my perineum? Your perineum, also known as “the pelvic floor”, consists of two layers of muscles that are interwoven. They basically enclose the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles form a sort of hammock (I’ve also heard it referred to as a trampoline) for some pretty essential internal […]

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Cesarean Section: What do I need to know about C-Sections?

Under certain circumstances, Cesarean Sections can be the safest option for baby & mama. It’s a surgical procedure opening your abdomen & uterus to remove your baby. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist numbs your lower body. Then an OB makes a cut through your lower belly skin, tissue, abdominal wall & into your uterus. With the […]

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Vaginal Birth: The “Original” Way to Birth

A woman’s body was built to give birth. Most women are successful giving birth naturally. Usually it’s the safest way to give birth, because you avoid the risks and complications coming from major surgery (C-Section). Just as your body knows what to do with food without you having to think about it, a vaginal birth […]

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Epidurals: Should I Get an Epidural?

What exactly is an epidural? The full name is Epidural Analgesia- this term actually refers to the place the medication is administered rather than an exact medication (epidural = space inside the bony spinal canal, just outside the dura). Depending on what hospital you go to & who your anesthesiologist is (or nurse anesthetist), your […]

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Midwives | What is a midwife & Should I use a midwife?

The midwife experience is usually very different than the traditional doctor experience. Midwife means “with woman”.  Midwives are trained low risk pregnancy, labor & childbirth experts. Some midwives do hospital births & many do birthing center births & home births. They give prenatal care, after birth care (postpartum care) & attend approximately 9% of births […]

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Types of Providers | Should I use an Ob/Gyn or Midwife? And why…

You & your baby will do all the hard work during Pregnancy & Childbirth. Whoever you hire as your Provider (Doctor or Midwife) will catch your baby. It’s important to know that different providers support you in very, different ways. The evidence shows “those different ways” have a big influence how your labor & birth […]

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Signs of Labor: What Are the Signs of Labor & When Should I Go to the Hospital for Labor

You’re at a dinner party. You’re 39 weeks pregnant.  And your water breaks.  The party stops … stares … “OMG” … your world stands still while your husband neurotically grabs jackets, coats and your purse. It’s time to make like Danica Patrick and speed-off to the hospital, right? …you’re hoping no red lights slow you […]

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Inducing Birth- What are Inductions? Do Inductions work? Should I get Induced?

Getting Induced means using outside means to jump start labor. Normal labor is an amazing interplay of hormones & other things between the baby, who initiates and controls labor by emitting hormones, and the mama. It’s like a symphony…the music dances back & forth getting louder, softer, louder & ends at the finale (welcome to the […]

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Types of Birth: What is the Right kind of birth for Me?

Hundreds of Moms, Doctors, Midwives, Doulas  (find out if a Doula is worth the money here) & others who’ve helped bring 55,000+ babies into this world keep sharing the same comment. Moms who have the best birth experiences know their options & make decisions with their provider. Birth doesn’t just happen. You have options. (click to tweet) […]

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Pregnancy Due Dates- They’re not what you think…

Why is 40 weeks the magical number for every pregnancy?   Forty weeks has become the standard gestational (gestation means time baby is in utero) length for humans. Why? German obstetrician Franz Karl Naegele (in the 1800’s) came up with a method to determine a woman’s due date based on her last menstrual period (LMP). […]

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