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).  

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...

Between Hollywood and old wives’ tales, there’s a lot of misleading information about childbirth out there. But until you’ve been through it, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here's what you need to know about labor as you prepare for the big event.Related:  The Truth About Labo...

While woman-to-woman maternity support has been around ever since women have been having babies (well, technically, Eve was on her own), doulas are relatively new. After all, the first US professional organization for doulas (DONA, or Doulas of North America; now called DONA International) only star...

Missing out on the Christmas roast isn’t the only reason people stress about the possibility of giving birth over the holidays. A common question: Do hospitals schedule nurses based on seniority? And if so, does that mean only new-hires work Christmas?The answer? Nope. Everybody on staff...

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Why? The ACLU says that Catholic hospitals adhere to policies that may put women at risk. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but what happens if you live in a one-hospital town, and your belief...

Like most women who've missed a period, Jessica picked up a few pregnancy tests to see if a new baby was on the way. Her first test was negative, but her second, "slightly positive." Then, a few days later, she started to bleed, as if she had a regular period.Since Jessica had miscarried once before...

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