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Did you know that any baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered preterm? A typical pregnancy is 40 gestational weeks, with day one of week one being the first day of your last menstrual period.If you give birth to a preterm infant, your baby may experience a host of problems that may require admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Often, the severity of the problems depends on how many weeks too early they were born.The earlier a baby is born, th

Natural birth doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating—if you prepare mentally and physically, it can be beautiful and empowering.Do you desire a natural birth, where you’ll wait for labor to begin on its own, move through labor upright and out of bed in positions that help your baby descend? Do you want to work through the contractions, foregoing pain meds or an epidural?Your body is designed to labor and birth; use these 5 strategies to prepare for what can be a very empowering a

You have choices when it comes to birthing your baby—consider the options and decide what’s best for you!As soon as you become pregnant (or even before you conceive), explore your options and decide what type of care provider you want to guide and support your pregnancy journey. Find providers you can connect with and trust, who will be there to assist in the labor and birth processes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and arrange facility tours as you explore the best place to

You’re headed into the third trimester (weeks 28-40) of your pregnancy and wonder what changes to expect as you get closer to giving birth.The third trimester brings moments of anticipation and excitement as you move away from the more restful past 12 weeks and into a period of increased growth and changes as your body gets ready for birth. Let’s look closer at what some of those changes may be.Goodbye Sleep! As your baby’s body continues to gai

A trial of labor after a previous cesarean can, in the right circumstances, bring the benefits of waiting for labor and vaginal birth for both you and baby. You had a cesarean birth with your first pregnancy, and now, after consulting with your healthcare provider, you’ve agreed that a repeat cesarean may only be needed if you have similar problems that caused your first pregnancy to end via surgery. You’ve heard about the benefits of waiting for labor to start on i

It’s smart to get prepared to breastfeed before baby arrives. Breastfeeding is a skill you learn by doing—both you and baby. Get ready for breastfeeding with these strategies, and remember, any amount of breastfeeding benefits your baby’s health—and yours too!  Pick a pro-breastfeeding providerFind a healthcare provider (pediatrician, family practice physician, nurse practitioner or midwife) for your baby who supports brea

How do you manage breastfeeding pains? So you got off to a great start with baby, but now breastfeeding isn’t quite as comfortable as it used to be. Let’s take a closer look at what is normal, what is not, and how to treat and manage breastfeeding pains. Sore nipples when nursingMany moms experience soreness or pain in one or both nipples at some point with breastfeeding. Nipple soreness is often related to how well your baby is latching and mainta

Your top newborn feeding questions answered It’s a shock to many new parents that just 48 hours after baby is born, you’re back at home and apart from the safe, secure cocoon of expert nurses at the hospital who stood ready to help and guide. Don’t worry—you’ve got this, and we’ve got the answers to the top 3 questions most parents have when it comes to feeding a newborn. In these first weeks after birth, you’

You’ve kept every prenatal appointment, yet your healthcare provider has now advised it’s more risky for your baby to remain in the uterus and she’s recommending that it’s time for your baby to be born.You’ve only heard controversial things about inductions, especially the risks of such before 39 weeks gestation, and now you’re not sure what to do. You’re 40 weeks and you were hoping your labor would start on its own and that you could have a natural, non-medi

I tell many pregnant moms that completing a term pregnancy (40 weeks) is like being a marathon runner. Giving birth requires endurance, perseverance, and dogged determination to complete the grueling yet rewarding weeks of pregnancy.Marathon runners prepare months in advance. They don’t quit at the last mile because it’s too hard. They may even be the last one across the line but they’re driven to finish something that took months of preparation and sacrifice. Goi

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