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A Childbirth Tutorial for Those Stuck at Home

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Childbirth: A Multimedia Course & Resource Kit is a CD that was developed by a family physician and a registered nurse who teaches childbirth classes as a guide for pregnant women as well as for their partners and caretakers.

Its eight lessons include: 1. Your Last Weeks of Pregnancy (relaxation techniques, breathing, exercises, labor induction), 2. Early, Active and Transition Labor (breathing techniques, comfort measures, timing contractions, medical interventions, fetal monitoring, analgesics), 3. Pushing (breathing methods, pushing positions, episiotomies, forceps and vacuum use), 4. Delivering the Placenta (expelling the placenta, massaging the uterus, cord blood testing), 5. Special Situations (cesarean sections, breech and multiple births), 6. Postpartum Care of Yourself (physical changes, diet, exercise, sex life), 7. Care of Your Newborn (bathing, colic, cord care, diaper changing, sleeping, spitting up), 8. Feeding Your Newborn (breast feeding instructions and demonstrations, expressing and storing breast milk, breast care, formula preparation and feeding, feeding cautions).

Each lesson includes video clips, text and images demonstrating key concepts of delivery, infant and mother care, as well as an optional self-assessment. The resource kit that accompanies the CD contains birth-plan templates, a baby-shower planning guide, doctor-visit templates, and a video of an actual birth. The self-paced tutorial makes it easy for parents with hectic schedules or who are on bedrest to find out the nuts-and-bolts of prenatal and postnatal care, and also serves as a refresher course for subsequent pregnancies.

Purchase it here.

 

 


Sprout is a “personal pregnancy app”

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With “stunning color images and 3D models,” the Sprout app delivers “helpful information about you and your baby,” says developer Med Art Studios.

The app also provides tools for tracking weight, counting kicks, and timing contractions. You can “scan your entire pregnancy at a glance,” and “see when tests and procedures occur.” The info was written by doctors and mothers-to-be, the company adds.

Also, the images displayed are adapt to your baby’s gender.

It’s $4 here.

 


Free app for your baby bump

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With the BabyBump pregnancy tracker, just enter your due date (or calculate from the last menstrual period) and the personal countdown screen shows the remaining weeks and days — with schematic embryo pictures of a baby for each week, as well as details about your baby’s size, weight and development.

The free app for iOS and Android from Alt12 Apps also helps you track your daily weight and waist measurements, as well as your mood, energy, appetite, cravings, morning sickness, and other notes.

 


Embryo app shows you 3D details

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With the Carnegie Embryo Collection at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, specialists have defined normal human embryo development for decades, and created a Virtual Human Embryo database. Now app developers used the information to provide you with all this info in a more convenient form.

“The Embryo App uses mobile telecommunication and multimedia technologies to add interactive capabilities to the digital information, enhancing our understanding of embryo development,” they say. The app has videos showing human fertilization, photo micrographs of early stages of embryo development, digital images of the early stages both in 2D and 3D,  and even a pregnancy calculator.

It’s free.
You can download it here.

 

 


Lily Allen is Pregnant

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Lily Allen

British singer Lily Allen is pregnant!  She confirmed to PEOPLE that she and her boyfriend of a year, Sam Cooper, are expecting their first child together.  The singer, who’s “delighted” about the pregnancy, will debut her new clothing line, Lucy in Disguise, with her sister, Sarah Owen, at the Vintage Goodwood Festival later this month.  No word on the baby’s due date.


Jill Scott’s Expecting a Boy!

Jill ScottJill Scott has confirmed that her special delivery is a baby boy.  The singer is expecting her first child with fiance Lil Jon Roberts in April.  The mommy-to-be opens up about her miracle pregnancy in the latest issue of Essence.


Jessica Leccia Expecting Baby Number One!

Babies are all the rage in soap opera land.  Guiding Light actress Jessica Leccia and her husband Brian Malloy recently announced that they are expecting their first child together.  The baby is due in June.  The couple were married last May in Puerto Rico.  No word on whether or not Leccia’s pregnancy will affect her storyline.

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