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    I had a perfect pregnancy. I gained less than 20 pounds. My baby passed all the pre-natal tests with flying colors. I exercised often, ate well, got plenty of sleep, drank lots of water, and loved the feeling of my baby boy rolling around in my belly. I had but a fleeting moment of morning sickness and had no indigestion and very little discomfort up until the very last days.

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    A few weeks before my due date, a well-meaning mom pulled me aside and said, "I'm not sure if anyone told you this, but in case not, you should know: you might poop." While I was grateful to have some forewarning on that front, the fact is that no matter how many birthing classes you take, moms you poll, or questions you ask your OB/GYN, there is absolutely no way to prepare for the day you give birth.

    Certain vital bits of information that should be passed on fall through the cracks, leaving moms blindsided on their big day. In an effort to curb these curve balls, we polled moms on labor and delivery problems that no one told them about so at least some of you can be a bit more prepared. You're welcome!

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    A heartwrenching, gut-churning story out of Ocala, Florida involves a woman who gave birth to a premature baby in a motel bathroom after binging on crack cocaine. Thirty-seven-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell, who was seven or eight months along, reportedly cut the newborn's umbilical cord with her teeth after she went into labor. She later called 911 upon seeing that her baby had turned blue.

    Hassell is now in jail, on suicide watch. Thankfully, the infant is hanging on, albeit in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    What on earth are we, let alone law enforcement, to make of this? Perhaps that what happened here is as tragic as it is horrific.

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    When it comes to our newborn babies, the slightest thing wrong can send us parents into a tizzy. Think about how you feel if your infant has a cold. Or a fever. Now imagine your baby was born without about 80 percent of their blood and referred to as a "ghost baby." You would be feeling scared and heartbroken and god knows what else, right?

    When Hope Juarez, who's now 6 weeks old, was born, she was as white as a ghost. Literally. When doctors brought her to draw blood, they could barely get a drop out of her, because hours before her birth, she lost "about 80 percent or more" of her blood.

    And if it weren't for the maternal instinct Jennifer Juarez had while still pregnant, Hope might not be here today.

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    A cruicial moment leading up to the birth of your baby is when you decide to go to the hospital. Going too soon or even too late could be the difference between having the birth you want and having unwanted medical interventions. So you have to know when it's really time to go.

    I had a chat with Samantha Huggins, DONA certified birth doula and one of the directors at Carriage House Birth in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to get her trusted advice on this critical time so mamas-to-be are well informed. To know is to be empowered. To be empowered gives you a better chance of having a beautiful birth experience. Here's what Samantha and I put together to guide you through your contractions during early labor and help you decide when to go to the hospital.

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    Some of us want drugs during labor. And so drugs they get! There's a new drug of choice gaining popularity in labor and delivery rooms right now ... and it's one that was used long ago. It also was Demi Moore's apparent drug of choice a couple of years ago when she was apparently having a hard time with her Ashton Kutcher break-up. Not when she was pregnant. Say what? It's nitrous oxide. People call it whip-its or laughing gas. And they say it works wonders for mamas in labor. Even many natural birth advocates give it a thumbs up.

    Is it better than an epidural? Sure seems like it. And now more hospitals are offering it.

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    Get outta town! The odds of something like this happening are 133,000 to one, but a mom in the U.K. just gave birth to her fourth child on the same day her other three kids were born.

    Crazy right? Emily Scrugham was just as shocked as you can imagine when her new son, Ryan, decided to make his entrance on January 12, giving him the same birthday as his 5-year-old brother Sam and twin 2-year-old sisters, Brooke and Nicole.

    And I know what you're thinking -- this mom probably conceived all of her kids around the same time in the hopes that they'd share a birthday.

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    I've admitted it before: I didn't even want my husband around when I gave birth to our first child. I wanted him to wait, like a 1950s dad, in an adjacent room while I suffered and delivered surrounded by some of the strong and experienced women in my world whom I felt could provide a great deal of insight and support. Looking back now, I'm really happy I ultimately opted to throw that plan out the window in favor of something more traditional (or should I say something more "modern?" Maybe I'll call it the "new traditional") that included having my husband right by my side. 

    Still, there were things that freaked me out about giving birth. My husband, who told me beforehand that he was scared of feeling powerless during birth, was not at all shocked or insulted when I presented to him a list of rules -- we had a discussion about this, I didn't actually give him a handwritten list -- for what he could and could not do during labor and delivery.  

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    Cord blood is one of those things you probably hear or know nothing about until you get pregnant. Then, you hear about it all the time, likely seeing posters hanging up in your doctor's office and hospital, advertising the benefits. But do you really know what it is, or what the pros and cons are?

    Here are 6 things you should know about cord blood banking before you decide whether or not it's right for your family.

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    Somehow I'm guessing there are a lot of more important medical subjects out there to study -- but researchers at the University of North Carolina have found that some women claim to have had virgin births.

    Yes ... virgin births. As in getting preggo and delivering a child without ever having sex with a man. (Yes, like the Virgin Mary did.)

    Half of 1 percent of the women interviewed for the study actually reported this happening. And while we can't place too much weight on the results of the study simply because these people are only claiming that they had a virgin birth (there's no physical proof) -- you gotta wonder if some or all of them just might be telling the truth. (It's possible ... right?)

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