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Three Simple Steps to Choosing a Midwife

Three steps to choosing a midwife

Congratulations!  You've decided to hire a midwife for your low-risk pregnancy.  Maybe you've even decided to give birth outside the hospital in order to ensure minimum medical intervention.  Now the question that is probably on your mind is, "How do I find a good midwife?"

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So, You Think You Want an Epidural?

How my epidural failed meAfter 36 hours of natural labor at home, I wanted an epidural. In fact, even my midwife wanted it for me, in the hopes that it would help me dilate that last little bit.  Apparently, when a laboring mom is very tired, pain relief can help the cervix continue to dilate.

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Working While Pregnant

Working while pregnantWhen I was pregnant, there was never a good day to go to the doctor. And by good day, I mean a day when a doctor's visit would not interfere with a meeting, a project or a deadline. Even when I thought I had picked the perfect appointment slot, there was always something that came up and I was either forced to reschedule or put up with annoyed looks around the office.

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Clients, Not Patients

Pregnant women are not sick!Why do we call pregnant women patients?

A healthy woman is not sick simply because she now has a baby in her belly.

In fact, the Dutch call their healthy pregnant women clients. Of course, in The Netherlands, almost 50% of births are attended by midwives.

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How To Avoid Testing GBS Positive

image4The thought of testing postive for Group-B Streptococcus (aka GBS) scares a lot of pregnant women.  But it doesn't have to be scary.  By following a healthy prenatal diet and keeping a couple of tricks in your hip pocket, you too can avoid Group-B Strep during pregnancy and birth.

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