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Is a VBAC Safe?

Is VBAC Safe? The data says Yes!Whew! Having endured the recovery from a c-section, you may be looking for a different route to deliver your next child. Cesarean sections involve a great deal more than vaginal births—from the drugs to the body's healing process, c-sections are a major surgical procedure. If you previously delivered a child by cesarean and are interested in a vaginal birth for your next child, you may be wondering if VBAC, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, is safe. In most cases to this question, the answer is yes. Numerous current studies support the safety of VBACs when properly supported by medical professionals.

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What you can do to Prevent Gestational Diabetes

Gestational DiabetesWhether you’ve actually personally experienced it yet, you’ve surely heard about the somewhat-dreaded glucose screening test (GST). You can look forward to this little event at around 25 weeks. It involves guzzling 50 grams of a sugary solution (think super-sweet flat orange soda) within five minutes. The point? To test how your body metabolizes glucose, or sugar.

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Addressing the Benefits, Concerns, and Basics of Co-Sleeping

CosleepingWhen you first heard the term “co-sleeping,” you may have assumed it meant a lot of sleepless nights of sharing your bed with a wiggly infant who, though adorable, makes sleeping together painful. Maybe you wondered if co-sleeping is even safe. The good news is that, when done properly, co-sleeping can be safer than solitary sleeping and, in fact, offers one great benefit after another.

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Safe Slumber – Baby Bedding Basics

Baby Bedding

I know you’ve seen them too. Those fabulous five-piece baby bedding sets that are both eye-catching and appealing in a matchy-matchy sort of way. Sure, they’re marketed to make you think your newborn couldn’t possibly survive—let alone sleep—without them. But are all those pieces of bedding really necessary? More importantly, are they safe?

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Tips for Your Maternity Photos

StefanieHarrington1Maternity photos capture the excitement and anticipation of pregnancy and help document the memory of a fleeting and magical time in a woman’s life. As a maternity and newborn photographer with years of experience, I have written a 2-part series to help you prepare for any upcoming photo sessions for you or your family. This article focuses on tips for photographing your beautiful bump; next, I’ll offer tips for your baby’s newborn photos.

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