When a baby is born, anywhere from 25-60% of the fetal blood supply remains in the placenta. Delaying cord clamping up to 3 minutes has been shown to have long-term mental and physical benefits.Read more
Becoming pregnant after 35 comes with some derogatory labels: geriatric pregnancy, advanced maternal age, older mom (wait, what?!). It’s hard to escape the warnings about your pregnancy being at “high risk” for complications, such as birth defects, high blood pressure, and diabetes just because you passed a certain age bracket. But does your age actually […]Read more
Have you had a sneaking suspicion that your contractions get worse at night? Maybe it feels like your pregnant body just wants to find another way to wake you up in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven’t felt them but wake up on certain days feeling like your body worked overtime while you […]Read more
Our modern bodies continue to maintain a nocturnal birth rhythm. But are we messing with the natural rhythm by basking in unnatural light in the middle of labor? Why night-time labor could stall when you reach the hospital and what you can do about it.Read more
Our Tip Sheet, Recognizing the Signs of Labor breaks down the clues that could indicate that your body is preparing for labor, when labor will start soon, when labor has started and when baby is on the way! (Note: you may not experience all of these signs of labor. But we have grouped them to […]Read more
At some point, you are going to experience contractions. In the end, contractions are what causes the baby to be born (woohoo!). But to many, decoding the activity of that little baby-making muscle called the uterus is confusing, especially when it comes to the decoding the difference between the first two types of contractions below. […]Read more
Accurately timing contractions is the key to understanding what your contractions mean – are they just Braxton Hicks? A false alarm? LABOR??!!! And the key to accurately timing contractions is to know how long each contraction lasts, how far apart they arrive, and how long you’ve been feeling them. Simple enough, right? If you answered […]Read more
Roughly 2 out of 3 laboring women in the U.S. will get an epidural. As a highly effective form of pain relief during labor, it’s no wonder that the epidural is enormously popular. But along with the epidural, comes the controversy. And at the heart of the controversy, the idea that epidurals raise the chances […]Read more
Your first prenatal visit is an important time to meet your doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner and get all your initial questions answered. With so much to accomplish in that one visit, it can help to come prepared with the most important questions you want answered. Here's a list to get you started.Read more
We polled a few women to hear, in their own words, what different types of contractions feel like, from good old mild Braxton Hicks right up until those rumored “ring of fire” pushing contractions. Here’s what they told us.Read more
A contraction timer is the key to understanding what your contractions mean and could help you answer the biggest question of your pregnancy: “Am I in labor?” Think of a contraction timer as the translator for your body. With this translator, you can ask your contractions some questions: Are you regular or irregular? How long […]Read more
Pregnancy prep can feel a bit overwhelming - all the information, the physical changes, the what-if?! Five ways to start early and not get overwhelmed.Read more
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