Pregnancy

May 10, 2019

A Note to Moms from a Mother-Baby Nurse – Mother’s Day Tribute

By Taylor Alef, RN To be a mother-baby nurse is to feel like a witness to the art of womanhood. We are with you in the first few days of your baby’s life, supporting you and your family through the most intense physical and emotional experiences of your lives. We see the pain that comes […]

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April 4, 2019

Pregnancy, Stress and Drinking – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

By Cheri Hinshelwood We’re all influenced by what we see, even expectant moms. Memes and fun videos on social media make it hard to discern fact from fiction about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic drinks for moms called “mommy juice” create a recipe that can affect the health of mom […]

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April 4, 2019

Hormonal Imbalances and the Impact of PCOS on Women’s Health and Quality of Life

By Jamie L. Ramsey, MD It’s been said that if your hormones are out of balance, your life can feel out of balance. This may especially feel true when it comes to a women’s health condition on the rise that is caused by hormonal imbalances. Obstetrician gynecologist, Jamie Ramsey, MD, tells us what she knows […]

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January 24, 2019

5 Reasons to Lose Weight before Becoming Pregnant – Your Weight can Affect You and Your Baby

Before getting pregnant is a great time to think about losing weight. A healthy weight during pregnancy can reduce the chance of fertility issues, pregnancy complications and even birth defects. 1. Fertility issues. Overweight women can have a tougher time getting pregnant. Irregular ovulation can result in more difficulty conceiving, and unpredictable periods mean some […]

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November 20, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the Cradle to Grave Phenomena – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 16

“A cradle to grave phenomena.” That’s how our subject matter expert in this episode of My Healthy Life refers to STDs. Not quite dinner table talk, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are indeed something that need to become more normalized in our conversations. Despite the common idea that teens or young people are more susceptible, STDs […]

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November 13, 2018

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: When Babies Experience Withdrawal

By Meg C. Coleman, FNP, PNP Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS) refers to symptoms of withdrawal that babies may sometimes develop after birth if their mothers have taken medications or drugs that can be addictive during their pregnancy. What causes neonatal abstinence syndrome? Many drugs used by mothers can reach the baby while they […]

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November 1, 2018

When the Unexpected Happens: Mission’s Specialized NICU Team Cares for Parents Too

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Jill Whitfield’s story highlights how important it is to reduce premature birth rates and raise awareness of this serious and costly problem. Most expectant moms have a birth plan — an idea about how her child’s birth will unfold. Nothing was further from Whitfield’s mind than being hospitalized at 22 […]

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October 9, 2018

Risks of Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

One in 20 pregnancies will result in preeclampsia. What exactly is preeclampsia and how does it impact blood pressure? We spoke with Mary Cascio, MSN, RNC, about preeclampsia, and what it means before, during and after pregnancy, and what symptoms you should look for. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia (sometimes referred to as toxemia) is a […]

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October 3, 2018

Can a Midwife Deliver My Baby?

By Grace Rice, Certified Nurse Midwife As a certified nurse midwife (CNM) working in a collaborative hospital practice, many of our patients show up for their appointments and don’t know that they’re seeing a midwife – let alone what a midwife is. As a result, I often get asked questions like, “Can you deliver my […]

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September 27, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Your Kids about Death

By the Mission Hospital Child Life Team Talking with anyone about death and the loss of a loved one is challenging – especially with the little ones. You might not realize how that conversation would go until it’s happening and you find yourself asking, “How do I tell my child?” While they may not fully […]

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