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What would you think if I told you that a judge recently ruled that women can kick fathers out of the delivery room if they so choose?

And what would you say if I told you I agreed with her?

Earlier this month, a New Jersey judge released a first-of-its-kind opinion when he ruled that a woman had every right to deny the father of her baby entry into the delivery room.

The couple in question had been engaged when she got pregnant, but then they later broke up. When ...

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Most women don’t expect for pregnancy to be a walk in the park—we’ve all heard the horror stories of the morning sickness that wouldn’t end, and the exhaustion that comes from growing another human being. But, in the end, those are all badges of honor we wear once we are at the end of the journey, and are holding our sweet babe.

Yet, sometimes, we get a bigger hiccup in our path than we bargained for when we receive the results of that dreaded test: the glucose tolerance ...

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There are many ways to throw an amazing first-birthday party with little stress. By having the party at your house or at an outside location (such as at a park under a pavilion), you can give your child a birthday party to remember. Best of all, your child will not feel overwhelmed or overstimulated in a new environment. 

While planning previous first-birthday parties, I organized party preparations by using the IDEA system. It has helped me save money and stay ahead of the party ...

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I have to admit that I've never really been quite sure what to make of the whole autism-vaccine debate. 

I've heard personal and compelling stories from people I know quite well who swear that a vaccine caused autism in their children, and I know several people in my community alone who refuse any type of vaccinations. 

Of course, I've done my research, and being a nurse, I've had the opportunity to talk to several doctors about it, and the overwhelming answer always is ...

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"Your daughter is here!"

Is there any more beautiful moment for a new mother than holding your newborn for the first time? I will never forget the moment my doctor placed my new baby on my chest so I could gaze at her gorgeous dimples and hold her tiny fingers. My doctor and the staff in labor and delivery encouraged me to breastfeed her and hold her for quite a while—at least an hour—to help me get a jump start on that oh-so-important baby bonding.

This was quite ...

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If your baby is starting solids soon, and you’re wondering where to start, stay right here. We’ve rounded up a great deal of information that will help guide you through the solid-food transition.

Sometimes it is difficult to know when to start introducing solids to your baby. Kim Shapira, MS, RD's rule of thumb is to begin babies on solid food when they have doubled their birth weight. Others find that BLW, or Baby-Led Weaning works really well for their little ones. Check ...

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Gearing up for the birth of my fourth child, I was nervous. So much of this pregnancy was different, and I was anxious to bring him safely into the world. I had one extra hurdle to get through first—preparing for my first c-section birth.

I knew it was coming—it was a planned birth for a while due to a few medical circumstances, and it was the best plan of action for my case. Like I said, it was going to be a first for me since I had given birth vaginally to my three older ...

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This year marks the 45th anniversary of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of the most popular children's books of all time. The book has sold over 30 million copies in 55 languages. It's still one of my favorite books, and I love reading it to my children. Two years ago, when my first born son turned 3, I based his birthday party around the book. I had a blast putting together the food, party activities, and the decorations.  

To celebrate the anniversary of such a ...

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Why are you only wearing one sock? Has anyone seen my cell phone? Have you brushed your teeth yet? Why didn’t anyone tell me we were out of milk?

Any of this sound familiar? It sometimes seems that despite my best efforts to “get ready” for the week ahead, Monday tends to bring a certain level of chaos that only intensifies by Friday, when I’m ready to get a “break” (right – with three kids home all weekend, birthday parties, housework, grocery shopping, and the ...

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Many young children go through a phase where they want to get everything just right.  They don’t like to be corrected.  They don’t like to make mistakes.  And none of their pencils have erasers on them after a few months of use.  These kids want to be perfect (if only in their own minds) and they become upset when “perfect” doesn’t come naturally.  Not to worry.  This behavior doesn’t necessarily point toward a lifetime of frustration over chasing down ...

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