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    1. 'Silent Birth' Now a Noisy Controversy

      The pregnancy of actress Katie Holmes -- fiancee of Tom Cruise -- has shined the media's spotlight on "silent birth," a childbirth method practiced by supporters of the Church of Scientology. Holmes has been studying Scientology, which counts Cruise as one of its most famous (and devoted) adherents.

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    2. Getting Pregnant: Avoiding Brews and Bad Habits

      When you decide you are ready to conceive, it may be time to start making some lifestyle changes, experts tell WebMD. "Stop drinking alcohol, or at least decrease it as much as possible because it is associated with both infertility and miscarriage risk," says fertility expert Randy S. Morris, MD, t

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    3. Relax! Your Baby Will Thank You!

      Part 1: The Effects of Stress on Fertility Cell phones ringing. Beepers going off. Traffic jams, work deadlines, and laundry piled sky high. These are just a few of the stresses that are routinely a part of most women's lives. Add pregnancy into the mix -- including some fears and anxieties -- and a

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    4. Centering Yourself for a Healthy Pregnancy

      Bundling. It's a term you probably associate more with your phone/cable/ Internet provider than your health care provider. But that could soon change, thanks to a new model of prenatal care called "centering pregnancy." According to Yale researcher Jeannette Ickovics, PhD, the program "bundles" toge

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    5. Coping With Bed Rest

      Short of being a professional mattress tester, there are probably few times in life when an otherwise able-bodied person would wish to lie in bed for weeks or months on end. But each year, an estimated 700,000 women with high-risk pregnancies or complications are ordered to bed by their doctors. The

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    6. Skin Problems of Pregnancy

      "You are positively glowing! You must be pregnant!" In real life, expectant moms rarely hear these words from kind strangers. In fact, only a few very lucky women can list radiance as the only dermatological trait they experience during pregnancy. The vast majority of expectant moms have to put up w

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    7. Baby's Coming -- But When?

      When a pregnant Plains Indian woman was near term and showed no sign of going into labor, tribe members would tie her to a rock in an open field and stage a mock "attack," pulling up their horses only at the very last minute, in hopes of inducing labor. The Pilgrims, for their part, would stand wome

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    8. Santa Claus: Naughty or Nice?

      This year, Mikio plans to write a letter to Santa Claus, as he's done since he can remember, and leave his North Pole visitor some milk and cookies. "He's a man with a white beard who delivers presents and flies with reindeer," says the 8-year-old. "I think he's a cool guy." Mikio is one of millions

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    9. Doulas: Easing Birth

      When Barbara and Christopher Lawton were planning for the birth of their son almost two years ago, the midwife practice they were using in Pittsburgh asked them if they were going to use a doula during childbirth. "I didn't even know what that was," says Barbara. A doula, Lawton found out, is a priv

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    10. Prenatal Portraits: Darling or Dangerous?

      Angela and Michael watched with joy as their second child sucked its thumb and kicked up its toes. Their delight was tempered with some disappointment, however, as they couldn't completely see their baby's face. "My placenta obstructed the view of the head, the forehead, and the eyes," says Angela,

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