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During a contraction the pressure is equalised throughout the fluid rather than directly squeezing the baby, placenta and umbilical cord. This protects the baby and his/her oxygen supply from the effects of the powerful uterine contractions. When the membranes have ruptured the placenta and baby get compressed during a contraction.

Artificial rupture of membranes (ARM) aka ‘breaking the waters’ is a common intervention during birth. However, an ARM should not be carried out without a good understanding of how the amniotic sac and fluid function in labour.

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Labor positions This is so important! I hated how the nurses in the hospital kept having me lay down to get checked, every time it slowed me down and made the contractions more painful. Labor any way BUT on your back!

Babies are not full term till 40 weeks.

Babies need at least 39 weeks to grow. Elective delivery prior to 39 weeks increases the mom's risk of postpartum depression, stronger and more frequent contractions, and the need for a cesarean delivery.

Birthing positions. Im still pissed of that the hospital didn't give me the option to try anything different. My advice is have your baby outside of Alabama.

Labor positions: with Liam my midwife had me sit on the toilet. Funny to think about, but it felt good and gravity helped in that position. Going to TRY for my natural labor and delivery.

The effective labour contraction || Midwife Thinking

The effective labour contraction || Midwife Thinking

Is ERC truly safer than planned VBAC?    "To be sure, every death is a tragedy, but we must also put this into perspective: that mortality is equivalent to the maternal mortality rate with ERC, which is 3 per 10,000, and much less than the fetal loss rate as a result of having an amniocentesis, which one modern-day study found to be 60 per 10,000."

Making sense of the NIH Consensus Recommendations on VBAC. Compares health outcomes for planned VBAC vs. planned repeat cesarean section.

Hate me all you want but this is true If you are pregnant, do your research, don't just worry about what color the nursery is going to be. Every choice you make will have an effect.

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One of the biggest challenges a new parent faces is with a child who won't sleep. Here are a few gentle ways to help them that don't involve...

Gentle Ways To Help Your Child Sleep Through the NIght

One of the biggest challenges a new parent faces is with a child who won't sleep. Here are a few gentle ways to help your baby sleep better that don't involve crying it out.