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Overcome your Fear of Child Birth

December 9th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Can’t stop fretting about your upcoming labor? Here’s how to put your fear of child birth to rest.
Overcome your Fear of Child Birth

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

December 9th, 2014 | By: Nancy Ripton
Writing out your labor and delivery goals helps give you more control during your birth. Here’s how to get started.
Creating the Perfect Birth Plan Form

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.

Most Popular Canadian Baby Names 2012

October 29th, 2012 | By: Nancy Ripton
What Canadians are naming their babies.
Most Popular Canadian Baby Names 2012

When it comes to naming their offspring, celebrities always try to steer clear of the norm. But if Jermajesty (son of Jermain Jackson) and Blue Angel (daughter of The Edge from U2) are a little too out there, you can always stick with the trends and opt for what’s popular.

C-section Closure Choices

December 21st, 2010 | By: Nancy Ripton
How to decide whether staples or sutures are the best option for you.
C-section Closure Choices

C-section scars should be flat and only mildly pink six weeks after surgery. By six months, all that should be left is a flat, barely visible, pale line. But for some women, the way their C-section is closed can change the way their scar heals.

Can Hypnobirthing Help Ease Labor Pain?

April 27th, 2010 | By: Sydney Loney
What you need to know about this growing childbirth method
Can Hypnobirthing Help Ease Labor Pain?

Hypnobirthing is a life-changing program, as well as a program for a better birth, says Jennifer Elliott, a certified hypnotist, doula and childbirth educator in Toronto. Here’s how to tell if it’s the right childbirth method for you.