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The Pros and Cons of Birthing Centers, And Why I Ultimately Chose a Hospital Birth

Inside: If you want a natural, unmedicated birth, a birthing center can be a great choice. However, you should consider both the pros and cons of birthing centers to consider before making a decision. Here is everything I considered about birthing centers before finally deciding on a hospital birth. Home, hospital or birthing center… which …

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Natural Birth in a Hospital: A Guide to Getting the Birth You Want

Inside: Are you planning a natural birth in a hospital, but you’re secretly wondering if it’s even possible? I’m here to tell you that YES, it is possible because I’ve done it. Here’s everything I did to prepare, both mentally and physically, along with my own natural, hospital birth story. Natural birth in a hospital …

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Dad’s Hospital Bag: 25 Things You Should Definitely Pack

Inside: The definitive list of what to pack in dad’s hospital bag. Get the scoop on all 25 essentials you don’t want to forget, especially if you live far from the hospital! When it comes to the pregnancy experience and all things baby, there’s little argument that Mom is the star of the show. However, …

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17 Healthy Snacks for Your Hospital Bag (for Labor and Recovery)

Inside: Wondering what are good snacks to bring to the hospital for labor? Here’s a list of the best healthy snacks to pack in your hospital bag – some to pack with a cooler, and other non-perishables you can pack in advance. Because contrary to the advice of some, hospital bag snacks are a mama’s …

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for a Natural Birth

Inside: Wondering what to pack in your hospital bag for a natural birth? These 24 items were must-haves for me when I was packing for a natural birth in a hospital (I did it! – it IS possible to have an unmedicated hospital birth). The nesting instinct has hit you full force and you’re ready …

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Hospital Bag Checklist Printable: Everything You Need to Pack (for Mom, Dad & Baby)

Inside: Wondering what to pack in your hospital bag for birth? We’ve got your covered. Get this FREE hospital bag checklist printable for labor and delivery, so you don’t forget a thing! A few months ago, I started packing my hospital bag. The fifth time around, you would think I’d know all the hospital bag …

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Is a Painless Normal Delivery Possible? Get Pretty Close with These 5 Tips

Inside: In search of painless, normal delivery tips? Here are the top 5 things I did to achieve an unmedicated, relatively pain-free birth. I actually look forward to my next labor and delivery (yes, I said, look forward to!). Pain is a funny thing. No one really knows why some women can labor and deliver …

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7 Natural Ways to Prepare Your Body for Labor

Inside: You’ve entered your third trimester, and you’re getting so close to the big day! Here are 7 natural ways to prepare your body for labor. Do what you can, but rest assured, your body was made to do this. I distinctly remember the days leading up to my first labor and delivery. What stands …

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How to Mentally Prepare for Labor (+ FREE Printable Natural Birth Pack)

Inside: Wondering how to mentally prepare for labor? Get 5 top tips from a mom who delivered her baby 100% naturally. Every pregnant woman can benefit from these tips – whether you want to labor naturally or with medication. You want to prepare mentally for birth because you want to do it well…and well, because …

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Have Anxiety About a Scheduled C-Section? Here are 7 Ways to Beat It

Inside: Having anxiety about a scheduled c-section is completely normal! Here are 7 ways to overcome your fear of a c-section – must-have advice from a mom who’s had a scheduled c-section herself. Most women have a dream birth plan: a home birth, a birth in water, a drug-free birth, a fast, easy birth (ha!). …

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