Why Baby Needs a Full 40 Weeks of Pregnancy
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by AWHONN Editorial Staff
9M ago
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Tips for Planning a Baby Shower
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by Steph Storm
9M ago
A baby shower is one of the most celebrated occasions next to weddings. Everyone is excited to welcome a new life into the world. Over time, these events have become more elaborate with larger-than-life decorations and more guests, as most showers are now co-ed. Here are 7 tips for hosting a fabulous baby shower. Step 1: Make Your Guest List and Set a Budget All of your family and friends are welcome to attend, right? Well, if you come from a large family or you have a huge friend circle, this may be overwhelming and expensive. If this is the case, trim your guest list by only inviting adults ..read more
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Choosing Childcare
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by Lakisa Ballard, MSN, RN, C-EFM, RNC-OB
9M ago
Many parents depend on childcare for their children as they navigate demanding careers with busy schedules. Enrollment ranges from full-time to part-time, and even “drop-ins” for families with flexible schedules. Be particular about requirements for the center that cares for your child as it becomes like a second home to them. They should feel safe and spend most of their time learning and developing. Here are 4 strategies to choose great childcare: Childcare Near Home Location, location, location. Choose a childcare facility near your home or work. It’s an added convenience in light of your c ..read more
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Mom and Baby Essentials
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by Danielle Beasley, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, CNE
11M ago
Welcoming a new member into the family is an exciting and joyful experience. Having the necessary pregnancy and postpartum resources are essential. Here is a list that will not only ease the transition into motherhood but also promote the well-being of both you and your baby. Le Leche League International The La Leche League offers breastfeeding support through mother-to-mother connection, encouragement, information, and education. Their online communities and group meetings provide a welcoming environment where you can discuss various breastfeeding, challenges like establishing a good latch ..read more
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Pushing Positions: You’ve Got Options, Mama!
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by Danielle Beasley, PhD, RN, RNC-OB, CNE
1y ago
You’ve been laboring when you start to feel the urge to push that baby out! There are many pushing positions; it’s not one size fits all. Pushing can be as brief as just a few pushes and baby is born, to pushing for up to 3 hours. So, it’s good to try different pushing positions as some may work better for you than others. The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends frequent position changes during labor to enhance your comfort and to promote all of the twisting and turning baby will do before birth. The standard position so often portrayed on TV and in movies is m ..read more
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You Deserve Respectful Maternity Care; Here’s What That Looks Like
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by LaShea Haynes, MEd, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RNC, C-EFM
1y ago
You Deserve Respectful Maternity Care Here’s What That Looks Like It’s Your Body. It’s Your Baby. It’s Your Birth Choose Your Healthcare Provider After you have done some thorough research, select a healthcare provider that meets your standards and aligns with your philosophy for birth. Write down your questions so that at each visit you are able to have your questions answered. Ask how many practitioners are in the practice, and if they may be on call to attend your baby’s birth. Choose Your Birth Place Most hospitals offer childbirth classes and tours to provide information on their practice ..read more
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Support During Labor & Birth
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by Jamie Vincent, MSN, APRN-CNS, RNC-OB, C-EFM
1y ago
Throughout time, pregnant women have seldom labored alone—rather, they have given birth with support from family, friends, and in hospitals, with support from nurses and pregnancy care providers. You may have heard that you will need continuous support during labor—but what does that mean? Continuous labor support means receiving encouragement and expert care from the nurses, and your family or friends who may be with you as you labor. Continuous labor support helps promote vaginal birth, can shorten the length of your labor, and decrease the need for cesarean surgery. It has also been shown t ..read more
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Essential Oils That Might be Helpful in Labor!
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by LaShea Haynes, MEd, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RNC, C-EFM
1y ago
Labor is one of those processes and moments in a birthing person’s life that can bring so many different emotions. Many pregnant moms are filled with excitement when labor begins. Later as labor progresses it can bring feelings of fear mixed with anxiety as the contractions get stronger. On the bright side, you’ve been anticipating and preparing for this amazing day. With a due date in hand, you can attempt to prepare, mitigate, and manage some of the emotions, discomfort, and pain you may experience during birthing. One way you can work with labor is with essential oils. I know you’re probabl ..read more
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“Let’s Let the Good Times Roll”
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by LaShea Haynes, MEd, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, RNC, C-EFM
1y ago
Well, you have waited a long time and the big moment for you and your growing family is fi nally here! You are in early labor—what emotions are you feeling? Probably excitement, nervousness . . . and a bit of euphoria. Last-minute bets are on for the babies’ actual birthdate or birth time. But no doubt, what will probably also be on your mind is now what? My body has made it up to this point beautifully; the baby is ready to make its entrance into a whole new world. Hormonally, my body is also doing what it’s supposed to do. Still, is there anything I need to do to get this ball, or should I s ..read more
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Why You May Get Readmitted to Hospital Post-Birth
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by Aliah Thomas, RNC-OB
1y ago
Following birth, nearly every mom longs to go home with their beautiful bundle of joy. Relieved, so many moms express, “I’m so glad to be out of the hospital.” Most postpartum moms won’t need to return to the hospital for additional care once they’ve taken their newborn home. But for some women, complications from two leading concerns—high blood pressure complications and infection related to cesarean surgery—may force them to return to the hospital for additional care. High Blood Pressure Concerns New moms who start to experience complications from childbirth typically come to the emergency r ..read more
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