• Preparing for Baby

    How long does labor last?

    This is a common question I get when my patients walk onto the unit. My usually response, not getting into details, is “It really depends on your body. Everyone is different. No labor is the same. Labor generally lasts from 12-30+ hours.” The 30+ hours usually scares people, but hey, where would I be if I lied to you? I say 30+ because hey, sometimes it happens. I will sum up each labor stage and explain what goes on in each stage. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! First Stage The first stage is the…

  • Preparing for Baby

    Dilation Visual!

    Ever wonder how much you need to dilate before delivery? A nifty  dilation guide showing how much you need to dilate through common objects. You can get the gist of how much your cervix needs to dilate before delivery. It is hard work, but totally worth it at the end! Believe me. Of course this is just a comparison and not exact dilation. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! Questions? Comments? Feel free to comment below or email mamaelyfant@gmail.com

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    What You Really Need in Your Hospital Bag

    This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. Thank you!  Scroll below for a free hospital bag  checklist! Read the disclaimer. Overwhelmed as to what to put in your hospital bag? I know you are thinking, “I have seen this already!” Bear with me, promise it is worth a read. So what exactly makes mine different? I am a nurse, former labor and delivery, and now a mother to one cute baby! I will go over what is essential in a hospital bag. Mama’s quick tip! Now, if you are going in for an induction you may be there for a while. If it is a first…

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    Epidural 101, What is an Epidural?

    Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! Epidural 101, what is the process of an Epidural? Read here. Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief in labor. What is Epidural Anesthesia? Epidural anesthesia is regional anesthesia that blocks nerves in a specific area of the body. The goal of an epidural is to provide pain relief, not anesthesia. Epidurals help relieve about 80-85% of your pain. What do I mean by this? We want you to have pain relief (analgesia instead of anesthesia), not be a limp noodle. Anesthesia leads to a total…

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    Epidural 101, What is the Process of Getting One?

    Planning on getting an epidural? What does the process entail? Well, get the inside scoop from a Labor and Delivery nurse. Read the disclaimer. This post contains affiliate links that help me run my blog. It does not cost you anything extra! What is an Epidural? Read here. Okay so let me start off with this. Epidurals don’t take away ALL the pain, only about 80-85% of the pain. Now you must be thinking, “Then why spend all that money if I am still going to be in pain?”  Ok so here is the thing. The pain is different. It isn’t the same pain as contractions  (if that makes sense). You…