By Kelsey Irvin, MsC, CBD
"High risk" are two words no one wants to hear from their healthcare provider when pregnant. A diagnosis of high risk can change everything, sometimes very rapidly, requiring a considerable amount of bravery and focus to weather through. Three years into my doula practice
Think of this as your childbirth manual, a step-by-step guide to prepare you for what lies ahead. We've divided the process into stages to describe the typical changes that occur as labor progresses
We'd like to introduce and send a big welcome to Cara Joyner, our new Great Expectations blogger. Cara is a mother of two who writes regularly at carajoyner.com and in various publications. She is also a professional birth doula and childbirth educator (trained by Lamaze International). Welcome, Car
Babies don't get enough credit. Sure, it's true they depend 100% on someone else for food, shelter, and safety, but you might be surprised to learn how much they already know, fresh from the womb! Test your newborn knowlege: did you know...
1. Newborns can recognize their mother's voice and scen
In learning about and preparing for the birth of your baby, you'll undoubtedly read and hear lots about going into labor and giving birth -- probably too much! It's unlikely, however, that you'll see much on what it's like during your hospital stay after baby is born. What happens after you give bir