Why I Have A Doula

We’ve written a little bit before about doulas on the site, but we’ve never been able to share personal experiences with one until now.  Back when I first found out I was pregnant, I wanted a midwife but couldn’t find one.  I thought at least I might be able to find a doula, because that would be better than nothing.  I wanted someone, other than my at-times too logical husband, who would definitely be all on my side during labor. It took me a while, and I actually ended up finding a midwife first, but I was able to find … Continue reading

Medication and the First Trimester

At the beginning of the week I cautioned against going off medication when you get pregnant.  Now I want to write a follow-up, because it actually is important to know any potential dangers with medicine and the first trimester. As a rule I’ve avoided reading lists of dangers, side effects, and rare pregnancy and birth problems.  They’ll just cause me unnecessary stress, and since pregnant women usually see their doctors at least once a month, I trust mine to keep me informed about anything that will actually/is actually affecting me.  But it is important to know that the first trimester … Continue reading

Baby Naming Trend – Downton Abbey

Normally, baby naming trends don’t get my attention. Some parents like popular names, while others do their best to stay away from any and all top ten or top one hundred type lists of baby names. Personally, I never checked a list when my husband and I were choosing names for our sons. We chose names that we liked, and we have no idea how popular they are. What matters to us is that they seem to fit our sons perfectly, and we hope that when they get older they feel the same way about their names as we do. … Continue reading

Preparing Your Pet for the New Baby

When you are preparing for the birth of your baby, it is important to make sure that everyone in your home is also prepared for baby’s arrival. Your spouse or partner is probably at least somewhat prepared, and if you have other children you have probably spent at least some time getting them ready for the arrival of their little brother or sister. When you think about preparing your family for the birth of a baby, it is also important not to forget about your pets. Pets have feelings, and plenty of them. Those feelings, and the ways that our … Continue reading

A Coat for Your Pregnant Belly

If it’s more than just a little bit cold out where you live, and if you are having trouble zipping or buttoning your winter coat as your pregnancy progresses, you may be wondering what to do. Since there is quite a bit more winter still to come, you need something to keep you warm. However, maternity coats can be quite expensive. Even though you may get over heated more easily than usual now that you are pregnant, going out in winter temperatures with only a sweater may not be enough to keep you warm. Trust me – during both of … Continue reading

Happy News for the Royal Family Despite Illness

 What wonderful news out of England, that Duchess Kate is now pregnant. She is early in her pregnancy, and is unfortunately experiencing a very severe case of a common early pregnancy symptom. Most of us are familiar with morning sickness, and many of us have experienced it at some point during our pregnancies. However, only about one percent of women will experience morning sickness as severely as Duchess Kate is now experiencing it. The scientific name for excessive morning sickness is hyperemesis gravidarum, or excessive vomiting during pregnancy. In case you are wondering what qualifies as excessive vomiting (after all, vomiting … Continue reading

It’s Easy to Find Information on Medicaid in New Hampshire

Each and every state has a Medicaid program. Some states do not post vital information about their Medicaid program on the state’s website. New Hampshire, on the other hand, makes it very easy to find out key information about their Medicaid program. It’s so nice when states want to help people! Medicaid is a public, or government run, form of health insurance. It is designed to cover individuals and families that are low income and who cannot afford to purchase a health plan from a private insurance company. Medicaid is funded, in part, by the federal government. It is also … Continue reading

Basic Information About Medicaid in Florida

Medicaid is a program that provides health insurance coverage to people who are low-income. In Florida, the Medicaid program is administered by the Agency for Health Care Administration. A warning about Medicaid fraud, in bright red text, appears at the top of the website where people apply for Medicaid benefits. Medicaid is a public, or government run, form of health insurance. It is designed to provide health insurance coverage for individuals and families who are low-income and who cannot afford to buy health insurance from a private insurance company. Medicaid is funded by the federal government. It is also funded … Continue reading

Illinois Has a One Stop Application Portal for Medicaid

Each and every state has a Medicaid program. Individual states administer their Medicaid program in different ways, and this is very evident if you take a look at some of their websites. In Illinois, people can use a One Stop portal to apply for Medicaid. It is where to start no matter which part of the Medicaid program you are applying for. Medicaid is a public, or government run, health insurance program. It is designed to provide affordable health insurance coverage for individuals and families who are low-income, and who cannot afford to purchase a health plan from a private … Continue reading

Arkansas Has a Women’s Health (Family Planning) Program

Arkansas has a Medicaid program that has a few different parts. As far as I can tell, their regular Medicaid program covers women who are pregnant. Arkansas also has a program called “Women’s Health (Family Planning)”. Medicaid is a public, or government run, form of health insurance. The purpose is to provide individuals and families who are low-income, and who cannot afford to buy a health insurance plan from a private health insurance company, to be able to have access to health care. Medicaid is funded both by the federal government and by the government of an individual state. Typically, … Continue reading