Just seen the two lines on the at-home pregnancy test, and now you're wondering what your due date might be? Here is a good calculator you can use. It is based on a 28-day cycle, so if yours is longer or shorter, you might have to adjust your date. Or you can just wait and let your midwife do it!
Enter your due date and get a day-by-day calendar, letting you know how your baby is developing inside your womb.
Hit the space bar when a contraction begins and again when it ends. The Contraction Master does the rest of the figuring for you. Created by a dad who didn't like hauling a notebook and pencil around to record the length and frequency of his wife's contractions.
The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher
I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back. When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'
'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.' She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.) 'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)
'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.
"My husband and I stopped at a diner tonight on our way home from Lancaster, PA. At a table nearby, there was a mother with two children, a girl who was probably 8 or 9, and a boy who was probably about 4. An older woman (maybe grandma??) was with them. While they were waiting for their food to be delivered, the two women and the daughter were having a discussion about canals and where they were located. The little girl would say, "Panama Canal", and one of the women would ask, "Where is it located?" Then she came up with Erie Canal, C&O Canal, the Suez Canal and other canals, as well as their locations.
This went on for a few minutes, and then the little boy very loudly asked, "So where is the BIRTH CANAL?" (The stifled giggles all around the diner were pretty funny too!!!)"