In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’d like to share a few pearls from my book, The Smart Mother’s Guide® to a Better Pregnancy.   Those who orbit my universe know how impassioned I am about babies.  Crazy would probably be a better term.   I cringe when a newborn is admitted to the NICU because someone wasn’t paying attention.

The  path to a successful delivery becomes much straighter when everyone marches in the same direction.  Knowing how to sidestep some of the imperfections of our hospital systems will greatly improve your chances of having a successful delivery. 

Please take my Smart Mother’s Guide Quiz© and see how you do:

You are thirty-five weeks pregnant and were admitted to the hospital by your physician for suspected pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure.  You were also evaluated by the maternal-fetal medicine specialist, who recommends inducing your labor in the morning after he has obtained your lab results.  The next morning your physician’s partner is on call.  He examines you and states that he is going to discharge you home because your blood pressure has improved.  Is the physician correct?

Answer:  No.

The maternal-fetal medicine specialist had ordered lab tests and had recommended an induction of labor.  You should request that the on-call physician discuss your case with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist before discharging you since there is a difference of opinion regarding your care.  The specialist wanted to induce you for a reason.  Sending you home would place both you and your baby in harm’s way.

For more helpful tips regarding pregnancy and delivery, please pick up a copy of the Smart Mother’s Guide® to a Better Pregnancy available at all book stores and

A healthy pregnancy doesn’t just happen.  It takes a smart mother who knows what to do.