Jeanne Faulkner, R.N. | Fit Pregnancy

Jeanne Faulkner, R.N.

Jeanne Faulkner is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience working in maternal health and 18 years working in labor and delivery.  She's Senior Writer for Every Mother Counts, a global maternal health advocacy organization and the author of The Complete Illustrated Birthing Companion (Quayside Press, 2013).  For more about Jeanne, go to JeanneFaulkner.com.

Learning your baby’s sex might predict more than just a pink or blue nursery. It might say something about what kind of parent you’ll be, at least that's what a study published in Personality and Individual Differences suggests.For the study, almost 200 expectant mothers from Columbus, Ohio...

Precipitous births, also known as “super speedy, can’t-wait for-the-hospital, side-of-the-road” births have a way of making headlines. You might think that these wild and crazy deliveries happen all the time, but the truth is, they’re rare.Hard data is difficult to come by, since unplanned o...

A new study is warning about the adverse side effects of C-sections, and this one sounds super scary. That is, until you read the fine print.Researchers in Denmark conducted one of the largest studies to date using data from almost 833,000 mothers. The mothers were divided into two groups: those who...

There’s a new movie that hit me with a sucker-punch right to the gut: Return to Zero is based on the true story of a couple (played by Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein) expecting their first child. Just weeks before their due date, they discover that their baby son has died and will be stillb...

It happens every day on every labor and delivery unit in America. Something goes wonky on the fetal heart monitor (too slow, too fast, too flat) and the nurse straps an oxygen mask to mom’s face, turns her to a new position and increases her IV fluids. Pretty soon, baby’s heart rate is back to n...

Let’s get right to it: Is it safe to give birth at home? Well, that depends on the mother, her midwife and which studies you read. Two home birth studies have been published recently, giving us lots to talk about. The more recent study, published in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gy...

While women have been giving birth in tubs for forever, water births have gained popularity in the last 30 years, even in hospitals, as women all over the world realize the benefits: Water reduces stress, relieves pain, and may help uterine muscles contract more efficiently. Besides, what’s not to...

Big news, ladies! New C-section guidelines are coming to a hospital near you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) are addressing what some of us have known for years: many of the C-sections that account for 1 in 3 births a...

Her kids always sleep through the night; she always has dinner on the table; she “gets her body back” two months after labor; she never gets tired (ha!); and never feels like she’s running on empty (which is totally possible, if "never" means "usually.") Does this sound like a standard of moth...

We know that epidurals can lengthen the amount of time women spend in labor, especially during the second stage—also known as the pushing stage. (It’s hard to push effectively when you can’t feel contractions.) We also know that lengthy labors and ineffective pushing are leading contributors t...

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