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DC Area Hospital Cesarean Rates

DC Area Hospital Cesarean Rates

Looking for information about DC area hospital Cesarean rates? Many people decide to enroll in my classes because they would like to avoid a Cesarean with their first baby, or because they would like to have either a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) or an unmedicated birth

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Best Hospital in Loudoun to Have a Baby

Best Hospital in Loudoun to Have a Baby

**Post update 9/1/2017: The Natural Birthing Center at INOVA Loudoun referenced here is no longer in use. Word on the street is the hospital is looking for another midwifery group to come and use it. The Loudoun Community Midwives are now practicing exclusively at StoneSprings Hospital. From

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What if I want an epidural? Can I still do Hypnobabies?

What if I want an epidural? Can I still do Hypnobabies?

Well, of course you can! You can have anything you want for your birth. (Duh.) During a Hypnobabies class, you can expect to receive information about some of the benefits of unmedicated childbirth, such as freedom of movement, and some of the risk associated with epidurals, such as

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The birth experience: is having a positive birth story realistic?

The birth experience: is having a positive birth story realistic?

There are so many different attitudes and perspectives swirling around the topic of birth and there seems to be a counterpoint for each. Some say you can’t have a positive birth story unless you expect to. Others say it’s foolish for mothers to expect anything in particular

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Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Personal musings: my thoughts on birth blogs

Trained as a journalist in college, I used to think the concept of a blog was silly. Now I spend way too much time reading them and I even write a few of my own. But not just any blogs: birth blogs. These posts can be very

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Top 50 reasons to hire a birth coach (labor doula)

Top 50 Reasons to Hire a Birth Coach (Labor Doula) She checks on you during late pregnancy, but not in a “have you had that baby yet?” kind of way. She answers your questions about birth, from early pregnancy to last-minute jitters. Instills confidence that your body

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Do I need a doula?

Do I need a doula?

I think I was lucky. Something within me knew that I would need a doula present at my birth, even though my husband had been very attentive and supportive during pregnancy and I was confident he would be very involved during labor. I can’t even remember exactly

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How long does labor last?

How long does labor last?

How long labor lasts depends on a number of factors. But before getting freaked out by the prospect of being in labor for hours on end, I want to tell you a secret: Hypnobabies moms often report that their births were much shorter than they actually were.

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What about the epidural?

Why would anyone try to go without it? As my very first Google search as a pregnant mom led me to discover, there are a lot of compelling reasons why natural birth is a wonderful choice. But wouldn’t the epidural be easier? Not necessarily. An epidural that

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What does labor feel like?

“It’s nothing you can’t handle.” “Just get the

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