Written by on 7/20/2016 8:08:00 PM
Whether you’re a first-time mom or a parent of older children, maternity and delivery is a time full of wonder, joy and, let’s be honest, some anxiety. You want everything to be perfect, but most of all you want your baby to be healthy.
You might read parenting books, join a pregnancy group on Facebook or talk to your obstetrician about what’s best for baby. Every mother’s experience is unique, but chances are you’ll have questions. Lots of questions. continue reading ...
Written by on 11/10/2014 3:30:00 PM
Cheryl Parrott, BSN, R.N., is a board-certified lactation consultant at Community Hospital North.
Reverse cycling is a term used to refer to a baby who is eating less during the day, and more at night. This is very common and often starts around four months of age - when a baby becomes more active and distracted during the day. continue reading ...
Written by on 10/16/2014 6:00:00 PM
Recent announcements from Facebook and Apple that they will cover the cost of egg freezing for female employees has put the fertility option in the limelight. Though new to some, the procedure has been available for almost two decades.
"At Community Health Network, we pioneered a novel method for egg freezing in the late 1990's that has led to the birth of over 30 healthy babies," said Dr. Jeffrey Boldt, fertility specialist and scientific director at Community Health Network. "As the years have progressed, advances in freezing technology have now made the process easier and increased success rates."
These advances were recently recognized by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the procedure is no longer considered to be experimental. Though it has not received official approval from the ASRM, many IVF clinics offer egg freezing to women interested in fertility preservation.
"Egg freezing acts as insurance against age-associated loss of fertility," explained Boldt. "The procedure gives women who are waiting to find a partner, focusing on their career, or at-risk of losing their fertility due to different medical conditions the option of having children."
However, women seeking to store eggs for future use should be aware that there are no guarantees freezing will be successful.
"Interested women should consult with experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology, as well as in embryology and cryopreservation (freezing) technologies," said Boldt.
He recommends that women ask the following questions during a consult: continue reading ...
Written by on 8/10/2014 9:00:00 AM
For many women, getting back in shape after baby is born is a high priority. Experts remind mothers that slow and steady is the healthy way to approach losing baby weight.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions:
- Give your body at least a month to recover from childbirth before you try to lose weight.
- Never skip meals. Focus on eating nutrient-rich, healthy foods instead of counting calories.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water per day and even more if breastfeeding. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/1/2014 12:53:00 PM
Here are ten somewhat amusing, but totally serious reasons to consider breastfeeding: continue reading ...