February 5, 2018

To Epidural or Not To Epidural – Anesthesia and Your Pregnancy

By Mary Leonidas, CRNA The test is positive – you are pregnant! Now, a flood of feelings overwhelm you. Excitement! Joy! Boy or girl? How to tell family? Name? Pink or green nursery? Then, perhaps, after the thrill of the happy news, comes the fear of the unknown. Will my baby be safe? Should I […]

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January 23, 2018

Preventing Infections while Pregnant Helps to Prevent Birth Defects

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to spread awareness about certain infectious diseases that can lead to birth defects during pregnancy. Learn more about these five preventable infectious diseases: Zika Virus – The CDC recommends that after traveling to a country with Zika, women wait at least two months and men […]

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January 5, 2018

Broadcasting Hope – Local Radio Personality Sharon Green Shares her Story of Cervical Cancer Survival

Country music is story driven. That’s one of the reasons fans of the genre love it so much. Story can evoke emotion, create connection and inspire change. But a powerful story doesn’t have to be accompanied by a banjo or fiddle to motivate its listeners. Sometimes, just a single voice carrying out over the airwaves […]

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October 13, 2017

Study Shows Breast Cancer Mortality Rates Are Declining – Our Expert Explains Why

By Rachel Raab, MD        A recent study shows from 1989 to 2015, breast cancer death rates decreased by 39 percent, which translates to 322,600 averted breast cancer deaths in the United States. The decrease in mortality was seen in both younger and older women but has slowed for women younger than age 50 […]

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October 2, 2017

Defining “Midwife” and What It Means to Me to Be a Midwife

By Anne Karner, Certified Nurse Midwife The word “midwife” is a bit foreign to some people, so I think it’s important to explore exactly what it means. The etymology of “midwife” shows a translation to “with women,” originating from Middle English. This definition rings true to this day, as midwives focus on the promotion of […]

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September 29, 2017

Knowledge is Power When it Comes to Women’s Reproductive Cancer

Small things matter. September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month – a great time to note the little things to know and do about your risks for three main cancers of women’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian and endometrial cancer. “Take an active role in your health,” said Megan Daw, MD, MPH a gynecologic surgeon with […]

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February 23, 2017

Pap Smears – The Cancer Screening Every Woman Should Get

A gynecological exam isn’t a visit any woman looks forward to, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a minor event with a potentially major outcome. The Pap smear, which is conducted during a routine pelvic exam, is only a 5-minute procedure. This small time investment, performed once every 3 to 5 years, can […]

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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms. I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by choosing nonalcoholic beverages. What […]

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December 15, 2016

Have a Healthy Pregnancy – What Mothers-to-Be Should Know About Folic Acid

Preparing for the birth of a child can never start too early. That’s the message of the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign, an initiative aimed at reducing birth defects and improving birth outcomes statewide. Part of the Every Woman North Carolina program, the campaign educates women on the importance of folic acid […]

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October 4, 2016

Midwifery: So Much More than Catching Babies

Beth Hodges is passionate about bringing children into this world in the most natural way possible. As a labor and delivery nurse, she has helped hundreds of women deliver their babies. Hodges also has given birth to five children of her own. While each delivery entails a unique and beautiful story, Hodges will tell you […]

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