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5 Tips for Dealing with Unplanned Pregnancies (Guest Post)

When you think of pregnancy, you probably think of a vibrant young woman glowing with the anticipation of her first child. You probably imagine happy couples planning every last detail of their to-be infant’s new room, friends gathering for baby showers, and grandparents basking in their new-found titles in life. What you probably don’t think of are those couples who didn’t plan on having a child. You probably don’t think of those women that suddenly found themselves unprepared for their new role in life, unsure of what to do and how to act. Whether the unplanned pregnancy is a happy surprise or not, you still have to figure out what to do next. Here are five tips for dealing with unplanned pregnancies:

1. Get Educated

Since you weren’t planning on getting pregnant, it’s likely that you haven’t spent any time learning about pregnancy and what to expect. Now is the time to break out the baby books and soak in as much information as possible.

2. Start Saving

Having a child is an expensive adventure, so you will want to start saving some money to lessen the blow of all of the unforeseen costs you’ll soon be encountering. Any money you can put away in anticipation of the birth is better than no money!

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Women Fighting Back: In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Guest Post)

From the moment that you learn you are expecting, you immediately begin worrying about the health of your unborn child, and these worries don't go away once he or she is born. On the contrary, they increase as you remain alert to every sniffle and sneeze, and every ache and pain.

However, now is not the time to allow your own health to go by the wayside. It is easy to be so focused on your child that you forget about the importance of your own health and wellbeing, but it is actually doubly important that you remain healthy, so you can be the best mom that you can be to your little one.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a quick rundown on some cancers that regularly affect women, and what you can do to proactively fight these silent killers.

Breast Cancer

Every year, breast cancer affects nearly a quarter-million women, making it the most common cancer among women other than skin cancer. Sadly, this form of cancer claims nearly 40,000 lives every year, second only to lung cancer.

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Children with Disabilities: What Expecting Parents Should Know (Guest Post)

When we hear “nursing homes,” or “nursing facilities,” the mind seems to instantaneously turn to the elderly generation. However, nursing homes are becoming a popular means of care for disabled children. If you are expecting, or know you are at risk for, a child with disabilities, then you need to know what that will entail.

Care for a disabled child is exceedingly expensive and demanding. The situation is this: Medicaid, the service for people below a specified income level, also serves those who are disabled. However, state and federal governments lack proper funding for the equipment and personnel to facilitate at-home care for everyone that needs it. So, parents whose income does not qualify their child for Medicaid are left with two options. One, pay out-of-pocket for at-home medical assistance. Two, institutionalize the child into an adult or child nursing home.

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What is a Midwife? (Guest Post)

This post is written by Erica Moss. Erica is the social media outreach coordinator for the online Masters in Nursing program at Georgetown University, which has one of the nation’s leading nursing education programs. Outside of work, Erica is an avid dog lover who loves photography and meeting new people.

One of the most common misconceptions about midwives is that they only handle childbirth. In fact, midwives are part of the entire birthing process, from pre-natal care and counseling, through the delivery to post partum care. Midwives work to identify the individual and family needs of each patient, and counsel and support mothers, not only physically, but also emotionally and socially. In addition to involvement with pregnancies, midwives also perform annual gynecological exams, care during menopause and other normal obstetrical functions.

Midwives come in different forms depending on education and practice. They fall into two larger groups: nurse-midwives and direct-entry midwives, and the differences between them are important.

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