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.

Virtually every pregnant woman has a few anxious moments in the lead-up to labor and delivery. It’s only natural considering the stories you hear. Women all over the world have shared with me their fears of all kinds of birth-related issues that are almost always universal—from anxiety about the...

Everyone loves to celebrate a baby on the way—but if your pregnancy wasn't planned, you may not always get the response you deserve from friends and family (or even the baby's daddy) when you reveal the big news. Yet, it’s the pregnancies we’re not expecting that sometimes need the most suppor...

Aiming for an un-medicated or low-intervention labor and birth? You might want to stay home from the hospital as long as possible, especially if this is your first baby. That’s because the best strategies for achieving a “natural” labor—movement, hot water, deep relaxation and patience—are...

It’s good to be a new mom in Finland. In addition to free, high-quality healthcare, excellent maternal health outcomes and super-long, paid maternity leave, every mother receives a lovely gift box filled with newborn essentials. The box itself is big enough to be baby’s first bed and contains a ...

People were shocked, SHOCKED to find out that Jill Duggar of19 and Counting is pregnant. Yep, the math adds up (engaged in April, married in June and due in March), but what really had people in a tizzy was that Duggar announced her pregnancy publicly, before the traditionally acceptable 12-wee...

Deciding between a home birth and a hospital birth is no easy decision: while hospitals might be safer for some women, there’s no place like home. Fortunately, a few hospitals are finding middle ground and taking a few pages from the home birth manual, which could help provide the best of both wor...

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...

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