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Maternity clothes are something that many women can't wait to start wearing, it's an outward sign to the world that you're pregnant. After a few months with only a few outfits, they can get old pretty quickly. How do you maintain your style?

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Home Birth and Birth Center Transfer Guidelines

Tuesday April 22, 2014

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Home births and birth center births are rising in popularity in the United States as medical groups differ on opinions about it, rising by 59% from 2004-2012. While 90% of mothers who choose home birth and birth center births will be able to have a safe birth in those locations, not everyone can stay at home or in a birth center safely. This is when a transfer to a hospital is needed.

Currently these transfers happen, but there are varying provisions in place for this possibility. There is not a system in place to help guide providers because everything is currently individually defined by the providers. This means that each provider has to make their own arrangements for hospital support, which can sometimes leave huge gaps in the quality of care or in patient satisfaction.

So the Home Birth Consensus Summitt's Collaboration Task Force gathered together to design a set of guidelines for the care of the families who require a transfer of care either prior to labor, during labor or afterwards.

Just as you should know about the call schedule, you should also ask about the transfer plans. Do you know the transfer plans in your practice?

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Common Ways People React to Pregnancy Announcements

Monday April 21, 2014

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Pregnancy announcements. When we make them, we generally expect a positive response. This isn't always the case. But have you ever stopped to really wonder about the types of responses we get?

Having had eight babies, I've made my share of pregnancy announcements. I'd like to introduce you to the 9 Types of Responses to Pregnancy Announcements

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Happy Easter Baby!

Saturday April 19, 2014
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Happy Easter! If you had a baby, or are about to have a baby during this time of year, you might be considering an Easter or holy inspired baby name.

There are certainly traditional baby names, like Mary or Paul. But have you considered some other alternatives like Lily or Matthias? What are your favorite Easter inspired names?

Here are mine.

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Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!

Friday April 18, 2014

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Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, is expecting her first baby in the fall. She announced her pregnancy this week via her Facebook page. She married Marc Mezvinsky, an investment banker, in 2010. This is a first child for both. Bill Clinton said that he is excited to add grandfather-to-be to his Twitter bio.

Apparently, Hillary Clinton had been asking when she would be having a baby. (Many of us have to deal with this in our own families.) Last year Chelsea had told Glamour Magazine that this would be the year of the baby.

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