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A NICU Journey

Caitlyn, Registered Nurse BSN As a nurse, I thought I was prepared to officially become a mom with my first child. Little did I know, my water would break as my baby was growing inside of me. I was 24 weeks pregnant and it was classified as a premature rupture of membranes. In other words, my wate

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Vaginal Birth After Having a C-Section (VBAC)

Learn the facts about VBAC so you can decide if this is right for you. You had a cesarean section with your first baby. Now you're pregnant again and wonder if you will need a C-section this time, too. You might like to try a vaginal birth but don't know if it's safe for you and the baby.   M

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Here Comes Baby! Signs and Symptoms of Labor

Find out how to tell the difference between real signs of labor and false alarms. Many pregnant women expect a textbook-perfect labor. The obvious signs will announce that it's time; the overnight bag will be in the car and mom-to-be will arrive calmly at the hospital in plenty of time for the del

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Elective C-Section: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Unnecessary surgery can pose risks for mother and baby. By now you are probably starting to develop a plan for your delivery day.   In most births, the baby passes through the birth canal and is pushed out through the vagina. But sometimes a baby is delivered by surgery. This is called a cesa

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Doulas: Helping Hands for Childbirth

Learn about a doula’s role during labor and delivery. In many societies throughout history, women have helped other women give birth. They pressed cool cloths on sweaty foreheads. They grasped hands. They whispered encouragement.   But as medicine has progressed, women began giving birt

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Considering Episiotomy

When is an episiotomy a choice versus a necessity? Being pregnant is an exciting and anxious time. You may want to jump straight to picking out names and nursery items. But first, there are a few medical decisions and choices you’ll need to think about. Here are some to consider: What kind

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Cesarean Section: Your Questions Answered

What to expect if you’re having a C-section. A cesarean section, commonly called a C-section, is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby. The baby is delivered through an incision in the abdomen and uterus rather than through the vagina.   A C-section is major surgery. Doctors may recomm

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Vaginal Birth Basics

What to expect when baby is finally ready to be born. Most babies are delivered vaginally, or through the birth canal. It is the method most patients and doctors prefer. Benefits of vaginal births include shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates and faster recovery. A C-section, by contrast,

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Frequency Used Pregnancy Acronyms

AF: aunt flow (period)BF: breast feedingBFN: big fat negative (pregnancy test)BFP: big fat positive (pregnancy test)CD: cycle dayCH: crosshairs- the lines drawn on the chart to indicate ovulationCIO: cry it outDD: estimated due dateDH: dear husbandDPO: days past ovulationFet: fertilityFF: formula fe

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