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Preparing for Your C-Section
Almost 30% of all births result in a C Section. Most C sections are planned due to medical conditions; some C sections are even a choice women make in avoiding childbirth pain, however many occur in the wake of complications during labor, and these are the pregnancies that catch moms off guard.read more

Pregnancy And Your Children
There are few things in life as exciting as telling everyone the news of your being pregnant. Part of that excitement is sharing your pregnancy with your children. While older children will immediately know what being pregnant means, small children may not, leaving you with some work in explaining everything.read more

Girls Baby Names
Choosing a baby name is the most important gift you can give a child. The right girl baby name can contribute to personal and professional success. We have compiled an extensive list of girl baby names to choose from! We also have a pregnancy calendar, pregnancy and parenting articles and more! read more

Common Pregnancy Problems
Most pregnant women will agree that the first few months of pregnancy are unpleasant, to say the least. You may experience morning sickness, swelling in the legs and ankles, abdominal pains and cramps, heartburn, constipation, fatigue, bladder problems, and a myriad of problems in between. Here is an article to help you with these issues and feel better. read more

Childbearing and Procreation
With increasing population pressure and modern independent lifestyles (unlike the family farm where children were almost a necessity), procreation has become an option that is increasingly declined or at least significantly restricted. But with these choices women take themselves out of a natural biological role. read more

Breastfeeding in Public
In many parts of the world, the sight of a nursing mother is an ordinary aspect of daily life. In our society, however, some people are still uncomfortable seeing a mother breastfeed in public. Slowly but surely, though, people are coming to see breastfeeding as the natural, normal way of feeding a baby that it is. And thanks to public education campaigns, people are becoming more knowledgeable about the many benefits of breastfeeding. read more

Baby Names
Irish names typically consist of a first name, middle name and a family name. In Ireland people can have an English name and an Irish name. For Example: Abigail Barbara Lawrence or Abigeál Baibín Labhrás. read more

PostPartum Reality Check
The postpartum experience is one of peaks and valleys. As in any transition, there will be losses as well as gains, especially in a transition to motherhood. At times you may question your ability to mother well. Your relationships with friends and significant others will likely change. You may feel very isolated and you may miss some aspects of life before baby's arrival. read more

Top Ten Comfort Measures for Labor
There are a number of methods for managing pain and providing comfort during labor. Not all strategies will be helpful for all women, but having the tools in the toolbox before you’re laboring eases anxiety and builds confidence in your body’s innate ability to give birth. When labor begins, you’ll have in mind several options and can use what feels good. read more

A Mom's Guide to: Understanding Your Husband or Partner's Feelings About Being a New Father
At some point not long after the baby is born, just about every new father gets hit with a sharp jolt of reality: he's a father--with new responsibilities, new pressures, new expectations to live up to. For some of them, this seemingly basic little epiphany comes early, before they leave the hospital. But for others, reality may not hit for a few days. Sooner or later, though, they all come to realize that their lives have changed forever. Sometimes the changes are subtle, sometimes not so subtle. But they're almost always surprising. For mothers it is important to remember a few things: read more

Stop the Diaper Changing Battles
Babies are little bundles of energy! They don't want to lie still to have their diapers changed. They cry, fuss, or even crawl away. A simple issue can turn into a major tug-of-war between parent and baby. read more

Helping Your Gassy Breastfed Baby
If your breastfed baby seems to have excess gas, it can be disconcerting because you're wondering if s/he is in pain. Surprisingly, some babies seem to have no problems and don't mind being "gassy". But if the baby seems to be in some discomfort, try these tips to help with excess gas. read more

Choosing a Pediatrician
Choosing your baby's doctor several months before your expected arrival is a good idea. This way, you won't feel rushed and can take the time to make the right decision. During the first few years of life, your baby will have frequent visits for routine checkups and illness; so selecting a healthcare professional you trust is important. read more

Supporting Mothers and Their Babies in Public Nursing
(Editorial) Read this editorial by Chris Mulford, RN, Over the last few years many words have been spoken and written about nursing in public. I think this is good. Better to work out this problem of competing rights through civil dialogue and not in confrontations between a stressed mother whose child is crying. read more

Teenage Pregnancy
Is teen pregnancy an issue in your community? If you think it can happen in your family find out about a smart plan to confront it. Hundreds of thousands of teens nationwide are expected to participate in the annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy taking place on May 3, 2006 (and thereafter for several weeks). It is equally important to talk to boys and girls about preventing teen pregnancy. Sex has consequences for both a boy and a girl – both emotional and physical. read more

How to Teach Your Baby Sign Language
The word is spreading. Sign language is a great way to communicate with pre-verbal babies and toddler. New moms everywhere are grabbing American Sign Language books and absorbing them feverishly. Pregnancy classes are full of moms teaching each other basic sign language and day care centers across the country are training their teachers in sign language. read more

Choosing Motherhood
(Editorial) Nurturing a child is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have. It's exciting to witness how a newborn learns to recognize faces, objects, and sounds, or how an infant comes to bond to those who love and care for him. It's exhilarating to share in the growth and development of a young child, helping them make connections so that life's puzzles begin to fall into place for them. read more

Making the Decision When you are Pregnant: On Being Your Own Boss
If you are pregnant or thinking of having children, and are looking for a new job, you might be considering self-employment. This is a growing option in the past decade. Companies are much more willing to hire outside consultants and advisors, because it is often easier for them than having you on their payroll. Before you launch yourself into a new business venture, there are a few things to consider. read more

Pre-Screened Links

Advanced Reproductive Care - Lists fertility physicians located throughout the United States. Featuring information about finding doctors, insurance solutions, prevention, evaluation, and treatments.

All About Pregnancy - Information related to pregnancy.

BabyCenter - Focused on helping expectant and new parents find the information, support and reassurance they need.

BoyOrGirl - This site helps you predict the sex of your future baby.

Brand New Mom - An online community, resource center and search engine for new and expectant mothers.

Breast-Feeding Best Bet for Babies - Site provides breastfeeding information.

Breastfeed.com - Breastfeed.com is a resource and community for new and new-again parents, offering information and resources to guide you through your breastfeeding experience.

Childbirth.org - Offers a variety of informative and personal links relating to childbirth, pregnancy, parenting, early childhood, and infant feeding.

ePregnancy.com - ePregnancy.com guides you from before conception to after birth, ePregnancy provides you with articles, interactive features, forums and other ideas and resources to keep you informed and inspired.

Pregnancy Daily Calendar - Get a detailed, customized daily pregnancy calendar, from Pregnancy Today.

Pregnancy Centers - Pregnancy Centers Online provides help and information for mothers considering abortion, who have an unplanned pregnancy or women who have had an abortion and need post-abortion counseling or assistance. Pregnancy Centers Online maintains a listing of pregnancy care centers in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and even abroad.

Pregnancy Without Stress - Stress during pregnancy is not an uncommon problem. This new website provides a guide, article, tips and a free newsletter on pregnancy symptoms. The site offers a free ebook and weekly newsletter.

Pregnancy Message Boards - Have a pregnancy related question? Post it to this Health Message Board.

Parenting Club - An online community and resource for parents and expecting Moms, including message boards, live chat, book and product reviews, parenting news and articles, resources for kids and more!

Place to Remember - Covers premature birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, and perinatal death.

Lamaze.org - The website of the Lamaze organization. Lamaze is an international nonprofit organization of parents and healthcare professionals with a mission to promote normal, natural, healthy and fulfilling child-bearing and early parenting experiences for women and their families.

Lamaze.com - An associated iVillage website of the Lamaze organization. This site is another guide to confident birth and parenting. Whether you are pregnant or have already welcomed a newborn into your family, you will find information you need on the Lamaze philosophies of birth.

LifeCall - Resources for Pregnant Women and Their Babies. Included is a directory of shelters for pregnant women and places you can go to get a free pregnancy test.

Late Term Abortions - Background information about Late Term Abortions. There are efforts in Congress to overturn the two Supreme Court decisions that made abortion legal under most conditions throughout the United States.

Preconception.com - Preconception.com is a resource and community for couples trying to get pregnant, offering many features to guide you through your journey toward pregnancy.

Pregnancy Today - Pregnancy Today is expectant parents. Find articles, experts, interactive tools, a daily pregnancy calendar, diaries and more.

Storknet - The StorkNet website includes a Pregnancy-week-by-week guide, message boards, baby name database and chat rooms.

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