Pregnancy Childbirth

Pregnancy Health Risks For Teens

Teenage pregnancies carry greater risks to the health of both mother and baby than pregnancies of mothers in their 20’s or 30’s. Teenage pregnancies are generally unexpected, unplanned for, and often met with shock, stress, worry and fear. Most pregnant teens keep the pregnancy secret for as long as possible, as they try to figure …

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Emotional Challenges of Teen Pregnancy

The most common emotional reaction to the news of a teen pregnancy is disbelief, followed by denial. Denial by the teen prevents the early intervention of prenatal care, putting both mother and baby at risk of health related complications. In some instances, even if the pregnancy is acknowledged, there is denial regarding the need for …

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Pregnancy Childbirth

How to Continue Your Teenage Life as a Mother

Although most parents of a newborn believe they are prepared for the demands of caring for a baby, all are surprised at the amount of time required and the exhaustion involved. The challenges for a teen mother are particularly overwhelming. Initially there is great excitement over the baby’s birth. Friends come around, bring gifts, take …

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Prenatal Articles

Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

More and more expectant parents are banking their newborn babies’ cord blood these days. What is this new technology all about? What is Cord blood? After a baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. In the remaining cord and placenta, there is still about 100 mL of fetal blood. This “left-over” blood …

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Baby Names Guide

The Name Game

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a name for your baby. Sound and Compatibility – How your baby’s name sounds when it’s said aloud is one of the most essential things to think about. Is it melodious? Harsh? Does it go well with your surname? Often, longer first names work better with …

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Pregnancy Childbirth

What Do Doulas Do?

A Birth Doula understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labour.  She assists the woman and her partner in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth. She provides continuity of care, emotional support, physical comfort measures, an objective viewpoint. She helps the woman and her partner obtain …

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