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The Most Interesting Birthing Traditions from Around the World

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The Most Interesting Birthing Traditions from Around the World

The United Nations estimates nearly 385,000 babies are welcomed into this world each day. Giving birth is universal, and while women around the globe share similar biology, childbirth can be really different from one country to the next. Medical advances, hospital protocols, cultural norms, family traditions, and religious beliefs can all impact what takes place when a baby is born.

From kraamhulp nurses in the Netherlands to burying the placenta in Bali, we’re exploring birth rituals globally. What is common practice in one country can be seen as taboo in another. Even prenatal care can vary greatly, with midwives taking a leading role in several nations and epidurals being much less common in places like Japan or Spain...

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Must-Have Apps to Help from Pregnancy to Parenthood

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Must-Have Apps to Help from Pregnancy to Parenthood

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and they’re not wrong. While you likely don’t have a village to help, there are plenty of useful apps to fill in those gaps. From pregnancy trackers (you know the ones that’ll let you know when your baby is the size of a melon) to post-partum apps that track diapers, feedings, sleep, and more, there are tons of options out there.

We’ve downloaded more than we would like to admit and sorted through the best pregnancy and parenting apps, so you don’t have to. We’ve checked which ones pack the most helpful features, are easy-to-use, personalize, and sync. So when your hormones are surging and you’re sleep-deprived, you can pull out your phone and still stay on top of everything like the multitasking Supermom we know you are...

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20 Surprising Facts Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Your Newborn

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20 Surprising Facts Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Your Newborn

It doesn't take long to realize that babies are amazing! They're adorable and constantly growing, but these tiny little creatures are also quite complex and full of surprises. Sure, your doctors cover many bases when it comes to preparing you for that little one. Here are some facts we bet they didn't tell you.

Some are shocking or sound bizarre, but they are all true. Next time you stare down at your little one, feel free to marvel at their skills and all those inner workings that you had no idea existed. Now, spread the word to other Mamas, too!

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