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a woman calls her midwife "I think I'm in labour" innately she knows the time is right for when the sun goes down beyond the horizon it is safe - her labour will establish


Encouraging Labor

When your due date is fast approaching, or perhaps already come and gone, you may be wondering if there are safe ways you can encourage things to start moving without actually being induced.  You should always talk to your doctor or midwife to be sure it’s safe for labor to[…]


Packing For Your Birth

When you give birth in a hospital or birth center, you can expect to be there at least overnight, perhaps longer if there are complications or you have a cesarean delivery.  The hospital will supply many of the things you need for your stay, but to make your stay as[…]

Did you know that as many as 80 percent of pregnant women experience pelvic pain?  Many pregnant women complain about the pain which normally range from minor ache to a serious debilitating sensation around the back down to the belly.  The searing pain is just hard to pinpoint that some[…]


Writing a Birth Plan

Every pregnant woman has a picture of how she wants her birth to proceed.  Some women are happy to let the doctor or midwife run the show, while other women would like a bit more autonomy and control over the process.  However you would like your birth to go, it[…]

It is something that no pregnant woman wants to think about, but something many women will experience sooner or later. Miscarriage occurs in approximately 20% of known pregnancies. The actual miscarriage rate may be much higher, but because many of them occur very early in pregnancy, they sometimes occur before[…]

Pink? Blue? Green? Nearly every expecting mother has an ultrasound at some point during her pregnancy, usually around the 20 week mark. If you’re far enough along in your pregnancy to show, people are going to ask what you’re having. Even without an ultrasound, there are any number of old[…]

Last time we talked about the ways your senses change while you’re pregnant, and the digestive issues that seem to plague so many pregnant women.  These aren’t the only unexpected symptoms that crop up during pregnancy, though.  This time we’ll talk about changes to your skin and hair, and your[…]

Given the frequency of herpes infections in the general population the lack of realistic treatment options during pregnancy is surprising. The general medical intervention for the treatment of herpes simplex outbreaks is treatment with anti-viral medications such as acyclovir. These medications act by reducing the virus’s ability to reproduce. Unfortunately[…]

We all know about nausea, needing to pee, cravings, sleep disturbances, and, as the baby grows, back pain.  While these are the most common symptoms of pregnancy, the hormone changes and growing baby can cause many other symptoms that you may not expect.  If you experience any of the following[…]

Sleep in pregnancy

As baby grows larger, you may find sleep becomes more difficult.  There are a number of things that can make sleep difficult, from trying to get comfortable while accommodating your baby bump, to heartburn or restless legs.  Here are a few difficulties you may encounter and some ways to deal[…]