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.

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...

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...

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