Labor & Delivery

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"Must Haves" for Labor and Delivery

I am trying to figure out what I absolutely need to pack to take with me to the hospital and wonder what one thing did you take with you that you just would not have made it through your labor and delivery without?


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How to Deal with Labor and Delivery

I am do very soon and i was hoping to get some advice on what to expect and or ways to deal with labor and delivery. I'm afraid that i will be in the middle of pushing and not be able to make it because the pain is so great. i plan on getting an epidural (sp)so i know that will help some. thanks

Complicated Labor

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Is It Premature Labor or Not?

I've had constant back pain for about 8 hours now, I've slept all day and don't really know if I had contractions, my water hasn't broken, I'm not bleeding but I've had mild cramping but not regular enough to keep track of, I'm also feeling pressure like pain in my v**. I feel sick everytime I eat something and I'm a little pale and have dark circles under my eyes. Should I call my ob, go to the hospital or just keep laying down using heat pads to try and take the pain away? Sorry, I'm 34 weeks.

Cord Blood Banking

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Anyone Bank Their Cord Blood

Hi I'm 7m pregnant with my second child and I did not bank or donate my cord blood with my first child, however I'm thinking of doing it this time around. Has anyone done this? It's pricey, but I also don't want to regret it later on.


Cord Blood Question

for those of you who have banked cord blood after delivery, did you bank at...


Cord Blood Banks

Hello moms! I was wondering if some of you have opted for doing the cord...

Home Birth

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Where to Birth

My original plan was to birth at home. I've changed my mind for a few reasons, although I still fear birthing in a hospital due to unnecessary intervention and some "rules." The doctor I am going to see next week is at St. Anthony's. I assume that is where she delivers. I feel so uneducated about the hospital situation and birthing. I've really only heard and read negative things. I've also heard negative things about St. Anthony's. I plan on calling tomorrow and seeing if I can get a tour. I am 31 weeks pregnant and the time is getting...


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Choosing a Hospital

We are new to the area hospitals and we are trying to decide between Little Company of Mary and Torrance Memorial, does anyone have pros and/or cons about each?

Insurance & Medical Costs

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No Maternity Insurance

Although I have insurance, I do not have maternity coverage. Wondering if anyone has been in this situation and has advice to share. Has anyone ever used/heard of the maternity card????

Lactation Consultant

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Lactation Consultant in Tampa/Lutz

I am looking for a good lactation consultant. Would be very thankful to hear from those who have had a good experience with one. Thank you.

Midwives & Doulas

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Do I Need a Doula If I Have a Midwife?

I'm pregnant with my first child and due at the end of Octobor. I'm working with two great midwives through the Women's Health Alliance at Baylor in Dallas - Cecily Floyd and Jane Singer. My question is whether or not I need a doula along with a midwife. I was told they'll (one of the midwives) be there the entire labor and delivery, and my husband will be helping to coach me as well, so would a doula just make for too many people in the room? I've heard great things about the help they can offer but just wondering if it's worth the...


Natural vs. Epidural

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Epidural or No Epidural?

Hello mamas, I'm now pregnant with my second daughter and due in less than a week. With my first, I gave birth the old fashion way, with no pain-killers. My labor involved 3.5 hours of pushing while I waited for my doctor to show up with the forcepts (I didn't realize that at the time and I have since changed doctors because of it) which left me in very bad condition and took months to recover from. I can't possibly have that bad of an experience this time around but I'm wondering...if I get the epidural, will I just wait till the baby...


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Seeking a OB Gyn

Hi! I am new to Fresno and I am looking for any referals to an ob gyn. Please help!


Female OB GYN?

I am new to the area. I live in Westminster and was wondering if anyone...



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Labor & Such

So I've been talking to a lot of moms lately and I seem to be seeing a trend. So I figured I'd see what you ladies had to say. How many of you ladies went into labor at night instead of the middle of the day? Obviously scheduled c-sections and such don't really count for this question. Not that there is anything wrong with them. I'm just curious if it is really more common to go into labor at night as opposed to the middle of the day.


Is Labor Imminent?

You'd think that since I'm in the home stretch with baby #3, I'd know what...


Going into Labor

I am having my first baby. I went to the doctors office about 3 days ago and...

Water Birth

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Water Birth or Not?

I'm due at the November 18 with my second child. I'm very interested in doing a water birth but I'm not sure where they even offer this option. I'm in Eagan, MN but am willing to drive within reason. With my first son I only really knew I was in labor for 2 hours so my Dr. told me to give myself an hour this time! AHHH So my questions are where do you recommend (or not) and was this a good experience for you?


Info on Water Birth

Hello everyone. I am 7 weeks pregnant and we are going to a different doctor...