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The Benefits of Prenatal Massage

With the dramatic changes taking place in the woman's body during pregnancy, prenatal massage is often a much-welcomed therapy.  Massage embraces the body's transformation, helping to relax tense muscles, ease sore trouble spots, increase circulation and mobility, and provide energy.  According to the American Pregnancy Association, massage can also...

Birth Centers – An Excellent Blend of Home and Hospital Birth

As you know, I am pretty outspoken about my concerns regarding homebirth. There is, however, an excellent  blend of the comforts of homebirth with the safety of a hospital - a birth center. Although, the choice to have a more natural, nurse-midwife attended birth is frequently available in a...

What Exactly is an Ultrasound or Sonogram?

Today I received a great question on Ask Tori, RN, about sonograms (ultrasound is the technique used to make the image) and whether or not they are harmful or have any effect on the unborn baby. Ultrasounds are considered to be a very safe method of providing valuable information during...

Right in the Bag: Important Items to Remember Before Going to the Hospital

You have spent the past few months preparing for your new arrival.  You have logged countless hours at the baby stores, read all the blogs on baby proofing and (frantically) prepared for the bundle of joy that is due any time now. You may think (or hope) that you have...

Delivery Room

By Samantha Brown, DivineCaroline Well, let me tell you, the horror you have going into labor and delivery is your own fear. Everyone is scared regardless how many you have. Well, here’s what happened to me—now this does not mean this will happen to you, but maybe my story can...

Win a $250 SpaFinder gift card!

Expecting the best when it comes to pregnancy should be second nature. With that in mind, Belly Friendly by Barefoot & Pregnant is conducting a survey designed to help increase the quality of services offered to expecting moms. We'd like to learn more about your spa experiences.  Please take a moment...

Who Should Consider Saving Their Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord Blood, A New Era in Medicine Bone marrow, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord blood constitute the three primary sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood, which until fairly recently, was discarded as medical waste, is a non-controversial and rich source of stem cells that are now being saved...

Your Fertile Window

As I think of pregnancy & just how to do it, I consider the many options out there for me to start charting my fertility. Sure, there's the fun part of "trying." Blind faith, no rhyme or reason. Kind of like the equivalent of throwing spaghetti at a wall til...

Five Things I Didn't Expect while Expecting

  As I enter my 6th month of pregnancy, I’ve realized that there have been quite a few surprises. Some of them have come completely out of blue, others I had heard stories of or read about, but all of them have taken me by surprise in one way or...

How a Doula Can Help Support Partners and Families

The arrival of a baby, this new little person, has effects that reach through families, friendships, and communities. A doula can help the entire family by honoring the presence of this new life in the context of all these relationships. No matter who is invited to attend the birth,...