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Gender and Old Wives’ Tales: Truth or Fiction?

My great-grandmother was a lay midwife and delivered many babies. She said she could “tell” if a baby was a boy or a girl and claimed that her methods were incredibly accurate. Since I’ve had an ultrasound which made it very clear that our child is a boy, I thought I’d evaluate some of the […]

November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month. If you are like most other Americans, adoption has touched you rlife in some way. And a survey conducted by the Dave Thomas Foundation reported that 39% of Americans have considered adopting themselves. Yet only 2% of families in the US actually take the leap. Why? Of course, some families […]

Can Fetal Heart Rate Predict Gender?

I first heard this “myth” from my midwife while expecting one of my children. The heart rate was 155 beats per minute and she accurately predicted I was having a female child. Being the curious type, I asked her for more information. If the heart rate is over 145 beats per minute she said, it […]

Pregnancy Urban Legends

There is just something about a big, pregnant belly that attracts dramatic stories that are always about “someone’s friend who knows some lady” who suffered some bizarre pregnancy malady. It’s never a firsthand account when it’s the really weird stories, but for one reason or another there are plenty of people who seem to just […]

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