Pregnancy, labor and birth should be one of the happiest moments of a birthing person’s life. For some, they have dreamed of starting a family their entire lives. This time for you and your partner’s life should be filled with excitement, anticipation and euphoria. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and recent headlines sharing the risks of poor outcomes for moms of color in this country, birth may seem scary, unpredictable and even life-risking for some.

My dedication to you as the Healthy Mom&Baby editor is to provide articles and resources that can keep you and your new baby safe from pregnancy through birth and into parenting. The advice from mother/baby nurses in our articles give you suggestions, guidance, and information to discuss with your partner, healthcare providers, doula and nurses to make your baby’s birth the safest & memorable laboring experience you and your family can have.

Please use these articles as a guidebook for your safety and protection for you and your unborn baby. Take comfort in knowing our articles are based in the latest scientific evidence, and written by the highly educated, professional and passionate nurses of AWHONN, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses. AWHONN’s members will be with you to support you through labor, birth and recovery. We are dedicated to providing you timely advice.

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Let’s enjoy this journey together!


LaShea Haynes MEd, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RNC, C-EFM, is Editor of Healthy Mom&Baby magazine, and a leader in obstetric nursing for more than 26 years. She is also a staff nurse, certified doula and founder & owner of her own nurse mentoring, education and consulting company.

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