Isaiah 66:9   NIV

"Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" 
says the Lord.  
"Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" 
says your God.  

Pregnancy And Birth


Due Date Calculator
Click this link to find out when you are
due or how far along you are!

Benefits of Waterbirth Benefits of Waterbirth
Some Reasons Why Waterbirth Works!

Birth Supplies Birth Supplies
This is a list of supplies you must have on hand for a homebirth. 

You may want to read through the AquaDoula instruction manual if you have the AquaDoula. 

Some frequently asked questions:

Is the tub too heavy for a second-floor apartment? 
No, weight is not a problem in any normally sturdy building.  Most concerns about weight (such as pianos and waterbeds) is that they are a long-term stress on the structure.  Birthing tubs are a very short-term stress.

How big is the tub? 
 The AquaDoula is 54" diameter, 24" deep, 175 gallon capacity, with heater

How long does it take to set up the tub? 
For someone who has actually read through the instructions carefully, it takes about 30 minutes to set up.  Time to fill it with water depends on your water pressure, water temperature and water heater capacity. 

How much space does it take up when not set up? 
The AquaDoulas come in plastic containers so that you can keep everything in a safe and handy place. 

Where should I put it?  
That is completely up to you.  Some things to consider are privacy, temperature, sturdiness of the floor, and the floor covering (carpet vs. non-carpet, such as tile or linoleum - non-carpet is usually colder, but waterproof, although that's not usually an issue if you place a tarp under the tub). If you're planning to give birth in the tub, it is important for the tub to be accessible from all sides - ideally, leave a space of 2-3 feet all around the tub. If you're planning to use the tub for labor only, it can be placed somewhere with more limited access.  Make sure you like the location before filling the tub!!

How do I fill the tub?
FIRST,  make SURE that you DO NOT have the heater plugged in UNTIL the water level in the tub is above the top of the heater.  If you don’t do this, you WILL melt the liner and the heater OR cause a fire.
SECOND,  start filling the tub with straight hot water from the faucet.  Once the water runs cool, turn it off and wait for the water heater to recover.  Once the water heater has recovered, start filling again.  You want to keep the temperature of the water at around 100 degrees F.  Once you get it filled and at the desired temp, plug the heater in.  Place the black foam cover over the top to keep the water warm and protected.
LASTLY, DO NOT use any electrical appliances while you are laboring in the tub!

Nutrition is so important when you are growing a baby.  The old saying, "You are what you eat" definitely holds true for pregnant ladies.

Maternal Nutrition during Breastfeeding Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition

Nutrition and Childbearing Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition

Eleven Fast Foods Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition

Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition Keeping Childbearing Normal Through Nutrition

Exercise Exercise Guidelines for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Guidelines for Exercise during Pregnancy.  Including Kegels, Squats and Pelvic Tilts

Labor Positions
This is a poster of positions you can use to help with labor.

Stages of Labor 
This is a poster of what labor looks like "on paper".  Labor is different for each woman and each pregnancy so do not consider this written in stone!

Homeopathic Morning Sickness RemediesHomeopathic Morning Sickness Remedies
Time honored remedies that help with morning sickness.

Group B Strep Group B Strep
What is Group B Strep (GBS) and how do I prevent it?

Group B Strep Group B Strep
From Mothering Magazine 2003

Rhogam Rhogam
What does having Rh- blood mean?  What is Rhogam? 

This link takes you to a wonderful place for Ultrasonography.

Pregnancy Tea Pregnancy Tea
The pregnancy tea that you hold near and dear to your hearts!

Body Changes Body Changes
A month by month description of how your body changes during pregnancy.

Plus-Sized Pregnancy