What’s in My Hospital Bag

A hospital bag is a pretty important component to your pre delivery planning. It will store all the components that you deem essential to your needs and comfort during and after the birth process. I have gone through delivery once before, and used nearly everything in my bag. Here is a list of my "must …

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Cord Blood: Bank, Delay, Donate or Discard?

There are so many factors to consider when creating a birth plan. You want to make sure that the doctors, nurses, midwives and support partners are all aware of your preferences and what you definitely do not want. Epidural or natural? Water birth or in a hospital bed? At home or in a birthing center? …

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VSD: Living with a Ventricular Septum Defect

My defect was a surprise. My mother had a seemingly normal pregnancy, without any complications or difficulties. When it came time for her to push, my heart rate and pressure bottomed out. Then they lost my heart rate. Everyone started panicking and the room quickly filled with people. My mom said they "turned me, back …

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