February 10, 2017

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) – How to Determine If It’s Right for You

If your last childbirth experience was a cesarean birth, you may already be thinking about your birth plan for your next child. Here’s how to determine if a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a good option. While having a vaginal birth after a C-section can be a safe option, it is not for all […]

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January 31, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 8 – Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects

Can I dye my hair? Can I get a flu shot? Should I keep taking this medication–should I stop taking this medication? Am I putting my baby at risk of developing a birth defect? Taking care of your baby starts with taking care of yourself–and asking questions is a great place to start. Not every […]

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January 20, 2017

Is Your “Reproductive Life Plan” In Order? Questions to Ask Yourself Before Conceiving

Jennifer Vickery, the North Carolina Preconception Health Educator at Mission Health, offers expert advice on preventing birth defects, as seen in WNC Parent. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and one of the key factors in preventing birth defects is to plan your future pregnancies by creating a reproductive life plan. According to the […]

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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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November 4, 2016

Tiny but Mighty – One Mom’s Special Story for National Prematurity Awareness Month

By Brooke Brown On a casual Wednesday afternoon, nine and a half weeks before we anticipated the longest wait we have ever encountered, we received the shock of our lives. As the evening wore on, the world stopped around us, and in the hands of strangers I relinquished all control, entrusting them with my life. […]

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October 4, 2016

It’s Midwifery Week – So, What Exactly Is a Midwife?

By Alison Christopher, CNM, MSN When I tell people that I am a midwife, people normally ask what that is or ask, “You deliver babies at home?” I even had one person ask, “So, you have babies for people?” I have spent a lot of time in my career explaining what a midwife is. When people […]

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September 19, 2016

Discomfort During Pregnancy: What’s Normal and What’s Not

Margaret Sullivan, MD, MPH, of McDowell OB/GYN in Marion offers insight into what type of discomfort can be expected during pregnancy, as seen in the latest edition of WNC Parent. Pregnancy is a time full of excitement but can also produce anxiety about what is normal versus problematic. Pregnancy produces both physical and hormonal changes. You will […]

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September 8, 2016

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 5 – The Truth About Alcohol and Pregnancy (FASD)

In our society, alcohol is not seen as a drug by many people and, while it may seem obvious to some, there’s confusion and mixed messages about alcohol use during pregnancy. Research has proven that alcohol use during pregnancy, even in the earliest stages, can cause birth defects, brain damage and life-long challenges with learning […]

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September 8, 2016

Alcohol and Pregnancy: Creating a Healthy Environment for Your Baby Before Getting Pregnant

By Amy Hendricks Coordinator, NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program Parenting begins long before you pick out a car seat, the crib or even buy a copy of What to Expect When Expecting. Parenting begins by you being the healthiest you can be before you get pregnant. How can you have the healthiest pregnancy possible? Well, the […]

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