Does Nitrous Oxide Really Get Rid of Labor Pain?

It has recently been announced that laughing gas (aka Nitrous Oxide) as a pain analgesia during labor is now available to you in some DC, Maryland, and Virginia hospitals. This is an exciting development and offers women something besides an epidural to manage pain. 

Here are some of the benefits...

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Time to Raise Awareness #WorldPrematurityDay

Today is World Prematurity Day. This day means a great deal to me. My twins were born a month early. Most multiples are. My girls were in the NICU for 3 and 8 days. We were lucky that they just needed to regulate their temperature and gain a little weight. However, the experience of not bringing my babies home will always haunt that happy time in our journey of becoming parents...

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My Pregnancy is a "High-Risk Pregnancy" - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

Lamaze is for all types of pregnancies and situations. Even if you're pregnancy and birth are highly medicalized, Lamaze can teach you many things that can make your birth experience a positive one...

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I'm Having a Cesarean Birth - Why Do I Need a Lamaze Class?

A lot of the time when I invite someone to attend a class I hear, "Well, I'm having a c-section so there really is no reason for me to attend a childbirth class".  Well, actually there are MANY reasons you should attend a childbirth class if you're planning on having a cesarean birth. 

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How to Combat Mommy Judgement & Get the Support You Really Need

As a soon-to-be parent, you are naturally unsure of the decisions you are making - and rightly so with so many options out there. You may look to your family, friends, co-workers, Facebook, and mommy boards seeking support, guidance, empathy, and stories.  However, much of what you are going to be met with is more along the lines of judgment, criticism, or enthusiastic applause. And let me be very clear - none of those are overly helpful responses.

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Let's Not Forget Dad in Childbirth Classes

So often when we talk about childbirth education we talk about what you, mom, need to get out of the class. We talk about your unique needs, your fears, your desires.  But we forget that there is often an equal, and just as valuable part, to this equation. Your partner; your baby's father.  He also comes with his own fears, needs, and desires and ultimately, his behavior and feelings can have a significant outcome on your labor. Not to mention that he has a significant role to play after your baby arrives! 

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Your Pregnancy Shouldn't Be A Routine

Each decision about how, when, and where you birth your babies is yours and yours alone. Your pregnancy and birth plan shouldn't be a routine but customized for you as a unqiue individual.

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10 Ways You Can Prepare for Postpartum With Multiples

As new parents of twins or triplets, it can be overwhelming to bring home two babies. It was for me. However, there are so many ways prepare for the postpartum period that can ease the journey. Here is what I learned through my experience...

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10 Reasons to Switch Care Providers When Expecting Twins, Triplets, or More

Choosing your care provider will be one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your pregnancy. You will be trusting this person to give you confidence in your body's innate ability to birth your multiples, listen to your questions and concerns and help you decide what is medically necessary and what isn't.  Your doctor or other care provider plays a major role in the memory of your pregnancy and birth and can have a lasting effect on how you perceive your experience. 

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Pregnancy Screenings: What Will You Do Once You Know?

Probably the more important impact of screenings and tests is the emotional and health toll it can take you, the mother.  Being informed that one or both of your children has a higher chance of being born with a genetic birth defect can, understandably, lead to increased anxiety levels and hard choices. Know your rights and how to make an informed decision about what prenatal tests to agree to receive. 

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The Gray Area with Epidurals When Expecting Multiples

You may be considering a non-medicated birth however, you should still consider having a catheter for an epidural put into place.  You can birth your babies without medication, however with multiples, things can shift quickly and having the catheter already in place can provide assurance that you will not miss the birth of your babies.

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Five Reasons to Take a Childbirth Class When Expecting Multiples

Just because you're having multiples doesn't mean you don't have a right be educated on your pregnancy, your birth and your babies.  Here are 5 reasons you should take a childbirth class if you're having multiples.

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