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How Much Does Adoption Cost?

How Much Does Adoption Cost?


If you are matched to a particular pregnant women who is planning adoption for her baby, some agencies (and most attorneys) may be willing to reduce their fees if the birthmother is on Medicaid or a private insurance plan—because that insurance will cover the prenatal care and the delivery of the child. This could lower your costs by thousands of dollars.

Ask the agency or attorney whether fees are changed in any way if the birthmother has private insurance or is on Medicaid.


Girls and Puberty

Girls and Puberty

In girls, breast development can begin any time between the ages of 8 and 13. (Later development may be considered “delayed” but is not necessarily abnormal.) As the breasts grow, pubic hair will begin to appear, and your daughter will grow very rapidly.

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Keep in mind that a girl's breasts may develop at different rates, and there's nothing wrong with one breast being larger than the other during this time.

Updated: April 27, 2022

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5 Signs and Symptoms of Labor

More signs of approaching labor

With a first baby, dropping down of the baby's head into your pelvis, known as engagement, usually means that labor is likely to start soon. In second and subsequent pregnancies, engagement may not occur until the start of labor.

Updated: July 24, 2019

5 Nesting Projects to Do Before Baby Arrives

pregnant mama nesting in house

Planning for a baby can feel overwhelming. Between creating a registry, designing the nursery, ordering the newest baby gear, baby-proofing the house, and all the prenatal appointments, where do you find time to pause and think about what life will be like once your tiny human comes home? Often times, parents get so caught up in trying to check off all the boxes, they forget to think about making life easier once baby arrives.

Updated: June 30, 2022

What Can I Do About Breast Eczema During Pregnancy

Breast Eczema

Pregnancy brings on a lot of uncomfortable skin conditions, including eczema. While many women notice the appearance of this irritation on their hands, face, and neck, others will find this red rash in a much more sensitive area — their breasts. For those looking for some much needed relief, we have an array of solutions that will help to stop the urge to scratch.

What Is Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)?

Medical specialists near ultrasound machine in the hospital ward

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal diagnostic test that can be given as early as the 9th week of pregnancy to identify or rule out certain birth defects, including genetic conditions and chromosomal abnormalities. CVS is a relatively standard procedure that can be done as early as the 9th week of pregnancy but is typically done between 10-12 weeks of pregnancy. 

Updated: April 23, 2022

I'm Having a "Geriatric Pregnancy." Am I Really At Risk?

geriatric pregnancy

There are many things that could use a facelift within the birth world, but one of the most disturbing things to me is the language that is used to speak to and of pregnant people. It’s absolutely incredible the level of disrespect and twisted thinking passed down in the mere way we talk about pregnancy and the entire reproductive journey. Our medical system has diagnostic words like "failure to progress," "failure to thrive," and "incompetent cervix." These terms are not reserved for the  worst of the worst either.

Updated: April 20, 2022

Expert Advice: 5 Answers to Your Most Common Questions About Vaccines

Young Girl Getting Vaccinated

The topic of vaccinations can be stressful and confusing, and vaccination schedules for kids is always a hot topic among parents and caregivers. Dr. Katherine Williamson is a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Orange County and deals with parents and kids daily at her busy practice.

Updated: November 24, 2021

4 Months Pregnant: Symptoms, Baby (& Belly) Size and Development

What to Expect in Your Fourth Month of Pregnancy

Welcome to the second trimester of your pregnancy! The start of month four indicates the end of your first trimester, and you are now entering what many women refer to as the honeymoon period. Your energy is up, and your meals are staying down. You and your baby are headed into a period of rapid growth. It’s time to hang on and enjoy the ride!

This article will cover second-semester pregnancy symptoms, fetal development, and all the ins and outs of your fourth month of pregnancy.


The Unwritten Rules of Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

The Unwritten Rules of Exercise and Pregnancy

In general, the rule of thumb is to use common sense when it comes to following an exercise regimen during pregnancy. First, make sure that you are in good physical health and that your doctor does not prohibit or limit your exercise for any reason (always check with a doctor first). Second, don't take up a new strenuous physical activity now that you're pregnant – for example, something that you've never done in the past. This is not the time to start new physical activities.

What to Do When You're Overdue

overdue pregnant woman

You're 41 long weeks into your pregnancy, and your baby has still not made his or her arrival into the world yet. By the third trimester, you're tired, bloated and so ready for this baby to come out, so what's the hold-up? Why haven't you gone into labor yet?

An abnormally long gestation period or an overdue pregnancy can be an incredibly frustrating time for expectant mothers. 

The ABCs of Exercise

Postpartum Fitness

The ABCs of Exercise

Few would deny that the pregnant body is glorious to behold. While it doesn't exactly match the description of Western culture's ideal form, the curvaceous body of a visibly pregnant woman draws admiring glances and compliments from many. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the picture of a woman about to bear a child is worth all of the words that seek to describe the miracle of new life coming into the world.