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midwives and medical procedures

midwives and medical procedures

Recently my mother started worrying about my blood pressure. I suppose it’s her job to worry when I’m pregnant. She asked my husband whether my midwife takes my blood pressure at prenatal visits. My husband, who hasn’t come to any prenatal visits...
what to do on your due date

what to do on your due date

A generation ago, women didn’t have due dates. They had due months. As in, “your baby will arrive sometime in December or January.” This is a much more accurate way of thinking about births, since a “due date” is really a month-long...
when should labor be induced?

when should labor be induced?

I’ve been thinking a lot about inductions lately. I’ve been reading occasionally in the December due date club on a mom forum (I won’t tell you which one, but let’s just say it’s not one of the crunchy granola forums where I usually hang...

what causes prodromal labor

Activities that cause prodromal labor contractions: 1. Sitting down. 2. Standing up. 3. Lying down. 4. Sitting on the toilet. 5. Cleaning. 6. Cooking. 7. Walking. 8. Sitting on the couch trying to write articles. 9. Doing artwork with my daughter. 10. Reading books to...
what to expect of your prenatal care

what to expect of your prenatal care

When I was first thinking through the¬†reasons to have a home birth, back when I was pregnant with my daughter, prenatal care was pretty low on the list. Prenatal care wasn’t that big a deal to me. As long as you get the basic minimum of prenatal care,...