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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...

Win a free Babymoon vacation!

Barefoot & Pregnant, Fit Pregnancy and The Bump are giving five pregnant winners the opportunity to win a FREE exclusive VIP babymoon weekend February 26-28, 2010 at Barefoot & Pregnant at Hotel Los Gatos and Spa Elia!  This 3 day, 2 night retreat includes: One bedroom Suite Complimentary hotel parking...

Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association   Now that you are pregnant, you may begin to see many changes to your skin. You may see changes such as a sudden new glow on your face or pinkish, reddish streaks on your stomach. Not every pregnant woman will experience all the...

Calculating Your Dates: Gestation, Conception and Due Date

Gestational age, or the age of the baby, is calculated from the first day of the mother's last menstrual period. Since the exact date of conception is almost never known, the first day of the last menstrual period is used to measure how old the baby is. Use our Pregnancy...

Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels. Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles. What are the benefits of Kegel Exercises? Pregnant women who perform Kegel exercises often find they have an easier birth. Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy...

VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

If you have undergone a cesarean delivery, you are not alone. In November 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the national cesarean birth rate was the highest ever at 29.1%, which is over a quarter of all deliveries. If you desire to try a vaginal delivery this...

Navigating the Agency Maze

Before the days of the Internet, finding an adoption agency (for both prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents) used to be fairly easy, but fairly limited as well: Word-of-mouth referrals from friends, social agencies, physicians, churches, etc. Local phone books We tended to use agencies located in our areas...

The Legal Process of Adoption

Adoption is a legal process that creates a new, permanent parent-child relationship where one didn't exist before. The adoption proceedings take place in court before a Judge. Adoption bestows on the adoptive parent(s) all the rights and responsibilities of a legal parent, and gives the child being adopted all...

Homestudy 101: Oh, the Scrutiny!

  What Is It? What You Need To Know A homestudy is required for all adoptions, except in some cases of kinship and stepparent adoptions where the requirement may be waived or simplified. A homestudy is valid for a period of one year from the date of approval. It must...

Adoption Costs and Fees

Domestic Public Agency Adoptions Zero to $2,500 Most public agencies place only children with special needs, which are defined differently in each state. Up-front fees and expenses range from zero to $2,500, including travel and attorney's fees. Most states, under a federal match program, will reimburse non-recurring adoption expenses...