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Top Baby Names

The 50 most popular baby names.

by: Nancy Ripton

A lot of thought goes into naming your little one. Whether you like to follow the crowd or go out on your own with a more unique moniker, looking at the trends is always a great place to start. Here’s a look at the most popular names in Canada and the U.S. last year.

Do You Need a C-Section?

Almost one-third of women will have a Cesarean birth. Here's what you should know

by: Nancy Ripton

About 30 percent of pregnant women end up having a Cesarean or C-section delivery, (when your baby is delivered through a surgical incision in your abdomen and uterus). From why you might need one to how long it takes to recover, here's everything you need to know about C-sections:

Which is Better: Midwife, Doula or Doctor?

Your guide to choosing the best care before, during and after delivery

by: Sydney Loney

From where to deliver to how to choose between a doctor, midwife or doula, moms-to-be have a lot of important decisions to make – and it can be overwhelming. "You really need to plan ahead to create the most positive experience for you and your baby," says author and childbirth educator Gail J. Dahl. Here's what you can do to ensure you get the best pre- and post-natal care possible.

Overcome your Fear of Child Birth

Can’t stop fretting about your upcoming labor? Here’s how to put your fear of child birth to rest.

by: Nancy Ripton

When you think about childbirth, chances are the word "pain" is one of the first that comes to mind. While it's normal to feel a little apprehensive as you near the end of your pregnancy, some women can experience intense fear that makes them dread delivery and could actually affect their labor.

Creating the Perfect Birth Plan Form

Writing out your labor and delivery goals helps give you more control during your birth. Here’s how to get started.

by: Nancy Ripton

For all you type-A moms-to-be, creating a birth plan is a great way to organize your thoughts and help put you in charge of your delivery. "It can also make you aware of options you didn't know existed," says Mary Murry, director of Nurse Midwives at the Mayo Clinic. Your birth plan can be as simple or as detailed as you like. The goal is to open lines of communication with your doctor, doula or midwife and make sure you don't overlook anything that may be important to you during labor.

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