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Miscarriage – Part 2:
Causes and Coping

Most miscarriages are completely out of our control, so please don't blame yourself! Here are tips on how to reduce the likelihood of miscarriage, how to deal with your feelings if you lost a pregnancy, and how long to wait before trying again.

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Miscarriage – Part 1:
What Is It? And What Do I Do?

If you’re having bright red bleeding that doesn’t stop and soaks a pad in an hour, you may be having a miscarriage. Even though miscarriage is very common, here are some facts you should know.

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Pregnancy and the Cycle of Obesity

54% of women aged 20-39 are overweight or obese. Pregnancy obesity is associated with numerous complications for baby and mother including: 40-100% increased risk of stillbirth, depending on the severity of overweight/obesity Higher risk of preterm birth and preterm rupture of membranes Increased risk of maternal diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia. Higher risk for [...]

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Insomnia – Part 1:
Why Can’t I Sleep?

Can't sleep? Learn what causes insomnia, from daytime stresses and life transitions, and see why insomnia increases weight gain, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression.

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Is it Baby Blues?
Or Post-Partum Depression?

Eighty-five percent of women experience baby blues; ten to fifteen  percent go on to have post-partum depression. Baby blues typically resolve within six weeks post-partum.; whereas post-partum depression can begin anytime in the first year after delivery. A momentous hormonal shift occurs in the first two weeks post-partum. Imagine this: At the end of pregnancy [...]

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There have been two approaches to incontinence: surgery and pessaries. Surgery is expensive and risky, while pessaries are affordable and work remarkably quickly. Which should you choose, and why?

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Why Cesarean Section Has Not Reduced the Incidence of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is defined by the National Institutes of Health as a non progressive motor disorder of early infant onset involving one or more limbs, with resulting muscular spasticity or paralysis As you can see from the graph below, although the cesarean section rate in "developed countries" has steadily risen since 1970, the incidence of [...]

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Patient Choice Cesarean Section (PCCS):
Look Before You Leap

The March 2, 2009 article in Time Magazine on VBAC's and the January 2009 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study on elective cesarean delivery give you much to consider as you evaluate your options for delivery. PCCS, also termed "cesarean delivery on maternal request" (CDMR) is "defined as a primary cesarean delivery at maternal [...]

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The VBAC Pendulum

First "the studies" say "do this", then a few years later, more studies emerge to say "no wait a minute, what we told you first was wrong, now do the opposite". It happened with hormone replacement, and now it's happened with VBACs (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). If the back-and-forth on medical advice makes you dizzy, [...]

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Doctor or Midwife:
Which Would You Choose?

Someone asked this question on cafe mom. At the moment I did not have the time to answer it and when I went back I couldn't find the question, so I'm answering it in this post. The short answer is: the initials after a person's name do not signify the quality of care they provide. [...]

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