labor

Preventing Preterm Labor With Light Therapy

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Researcher James Olcese, PhD has officially gotten the green light on his solution for preventing preterm labor: light goggles. Olcese, an associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, realized that many women go into preterm labor at night, when the brain hormone melatonin is at its peak. So after winning a $35,000... Read more

Overdue? Natural Methods to Induce Labor

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Now that Duchess Kate’s rumored due date has come and gone, and Prince William is nearly a week into his paternity leave (Kate’s last public appearance before giving birth was March 27), all eyes are on the #GreatKateWait for royal baby no. 2’s birth announcement via Twitter. Several reports say she’ll be induced, which is... Read more

World Doula Week: 5 Reasons to Consider a Labor Coach

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It's the final day of World Doula Week! What's a doula? How can she improve your birthing experience? An actual doula weighs in. 'Doula' is a Greek term for 'slave', which was appropriated to describe the women who lend themselves to serve birthing mothers. I use the term birth coach since most people understand what that... Read more

Can 'Thriller' Induce Labor? One Pregnant Woman Finds Out

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Spicy foods, long walks, castor oil...the list of supposed natural labor induction methods goes on and on. But one mom-to-be decided a little Michael Jackson might move things along. In a matching sports bra and sweatpants getup, Bonnie Northsea, 32, posted her "Thriller" rendition on Facebook. "Someone told me 'Thriller' would induce labor. Here I am on... Read more

4-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves Pregnant Mother

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We know a dad or two that could take a cue from this calm, cool and collected labor coach. Meet four-year-old Calise Manning, the Kalamazoo, MI native who saved the day when her pregnant mom had seizure. "She's shaking and she's having a baby," Calise told 911. "My mom is really pregnant and she's having a boy... Read more

Essential Oils for Labor and Delivery

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Essential oils have been taking the world by storm lately, and for good reason. Essential oils* are a fantastic way to enhance and sustain your health. I also found them to be absolutely vital during the birth of our son. They played a big role in relieving pain and encouraging energy and focus when I was... Read more

Why You Should Say Yes to an Epidural

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This is the fourth of a five part guest blog series by Susan Patton, a.k.a. “The Princeton Mom,” who found fame (and a recent TIME 100 nomination) from her controversial views on marriage in her book, Marry Smart. While you may not always agree with her, you’ll definitely want to hear her (often surprising!) stance on... Read more

Meet April 2014 Bumpie Babies

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We're celebrating our Bumpies that gave birth this past month with a shout out! Congratulations to everyone! Meet moms-to-be and moms with the same birth month as you by joining our Birth Month Club boards in The Bump Community!   blahswife Danielle Madeline L. 4/1/14       EmmaD312 Augustus Lee... Read more

Meet March 2014 Bumpie Babies

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Congratulations to our Bumpies that gave birth this past month! If you'd like to submit your newborn's photo for next month, join your Birth Month Club in The Bump Community! amandapthompson Tanner Lee T 3/10/14       SuheyF1983 Jessie Elizabeth F 3/8/2014       Baby1Dany Anabeth Rose V... Read more

Mets Second Baseman In Hot Water for Taking a Three-Day Paternity Leave — and You Won’t Believe Why

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Ready for some news that will piss the pants off your Friday afternoon? Daniel Murphy, the New York Mets second baseman and brand new daddy, decided to miss out on the first two games of the 2014 baseball season to be by his wife's bedside at the birth of their first child. A new daddy... Read more