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New childbirth class options cater to parents’ (and grandparents’) needs

This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical CenterMercyOne Des Moines is highly known for personalized, interactive and comprehensive childbirth class options to help in planning for your baby’s arrival. They walk families through their options and give them tools they need need to develop their birth plan, also known as a birth communication […]

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What You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes

This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a common disorder of pregnancy affecting roughly 9 percent of all pregnancies. What is Gestational Diabetes? GDM develops due to hormones associated with pregnancy that make your body more resistant to the effects of insulin. Risk factors for GDM include advanced […]

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Childbirth at MercyOne

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. MercyOne provides world-class prenatal and postpartum care in Des Moines. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. At MercyOne, the highest standard is the only standard. They are dedicated to providing a remarkable […]

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My journey to VBA2C

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. I will never forget laboring for hours and wondering if it would really happen. I wasn’t afraid of the .4% chance that my uterus would rupture, but […]

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My Natural Childbirth

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. Even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to have a natural childbirth. I know some women are terrified by this idea and can’t imagine having a baby […]

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My Marathon Labor: A Birth Story in 30+ Hours

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. Before I had kids I ran marathons and half marathons. I wasn’t fast, but I could run forever. I was built for endurance. And thank goodness I was used […]

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I Had an Unplanned Non-Medicated Birth

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. I will always remember that weekend. I was 38 weeks pregnant with our second child and my brother, sister-in-law and nephew had come to visit us for the weekend. […]

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C-Section: A Birth Story

This editorial series, Stork Stories, is brought to you by Des Moines Moms Blog and MercyOne. All 8 original articles from the Stork Stories series can be found here. I was 23 when I found out I was pregnant with our first child. I had just taken the big walk down the aisle and the news came a […]

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