Here are some the most frequently asked questions I receive about pregnancy, labor, birth and newborn family life.  If you do not find your questions here, please contact me right away and I will answer your question personally and add it this list!

Pregnancy FAQ’s

Weight Gain:  How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?  The amount of weight a pregnant woman may gain is determined by two factors:  1) How much she weighed prior to becoming pregnant and  2) The adequacy of her diet.  The adequacy of the pregnant woman’s diet is more significant than how much weight she gains.  Here are some links with more information.  http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/pregnancy-childbirth/pregnancy-concerns/nutrition/eating-right-two  and/or http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/

Labor & Birth Options

There are literally thousands of options for you to choose from for labor, birth and newborn procedures!  You get to choose everything from the caregiver that attends your birth to the pushing positions when it’s “go” time.  The vastness of the choices can be both exciting and unsettling.  Work with your childbirth educator, birth doula and/or medical professional to weed out what you really want for your labor.  Keep in mind that you choices during labor and birth lesson significantly in the case of an emergency.  Doctors and other professional birth staff are highly trained to handle any emergency.  However, In the absence of an emergency, the sky is the limit!  Here are just a few of the options available to you.

Choosing a Birth Team:  http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/choosing-your-birth-team-yes-you-have-a-choice/

Choosing A Place to Birthhttp://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancylabor-and-delivery/delivery-options/delivering-in-a-hospital.aspx

Pain Management & Labor:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/labor-pain/PR00065

Avoiding an Episiotomy:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/episiotomy/HO00064

Freedom of Movement:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1948086/

Fetal Heart Monitoring:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2370604/

Breathing Baby Out:  coming soon.

Delayed Cord Clamping:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22843002

Newborn Baby FAQ’s

Skin to Skin:  Newborn Babies benefit from skin to skin contact  immediately after birth please click on the articles for more information.  http://academicobgyn.com/2009/12/03/delayed-cord-clamping-should-be-standard-practice-in-obstetrics/  and/or http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12725547

Breastfeeding within the first 10 minutes after birth gives both mom and baby the best of all possible starts and dramatically increases their breastfeeding success.   Breastfeeding with in the first hour after birth has saved millions of babies around the world.  Colostrum, mother nature’s liquid gold, is an essential part of newborn nutrition.  Click here for more information http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/78485.php  and/or  http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/exclusive_breastfeeding/en/

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