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  • 10 Tips for a Pumping Mom

    There are many reasons that a mom may be unable to breastfeed directly and needs to use a breast pump to remove her milk instead. Maybe mom has a baby with a medical issue that doesn’t allow her to nurse the baby. Regardless of the reason, it is important for a mom to remove milk during the times her baby would normally feed. This will help her body continue to make milk. To protect her milk supply, a mom should pump as often as her baby would nurse. Please use these helpful tips when using a breast pump for milk expression.

  • Mom, I’m Hungry! Understanding Your Baby’s Feeding Cues

    Once you are home from the hospital, your daily routine will most likely revolve around feeding your baby. How do you know if your baby wants to eat or not?  If you know what to look for or “feeding cues,” can make this easier to figure out when baby is hungry.

  • Homemade Baby Food Done Right

    When your baby’s doctor says it is time to introduce new baby foods, you may consider whether you will feed your baby store bought fruits and veggies from the jars as most of you probably were, or if you will try making homemade baby food. With homemade baby food, you can ensure that you know exactly what is going into your baby’s body. But, there are proper steps you should take to make sure the food they are eating is safe!

  • What is GBS and What Does it Mean for Me and My Baby?

    What are Group B streptococci (GBS)?  What is Group B streptococci infection? 

  • What to Expect Your First Night Home

    Being home with your baby for the very first time can be both exciting and unnerving. You have left the protective cocoon of the hospital. I had a huge stack of discharge paperwork and a fond farewell from the nurses and staff. I thought to myself…I am expected to know how to do all of this and take care of a baby!?! The answer is yes. 

  • Treating Pain in Pregnancy with Therapy

    Pregnancy can cause many discomforts to a woman’s body. Consulting with your doctor is an important first step when suffering from pain. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy for managing your pain.

  • Working Mom Life

    Wendy S., RN, BSN, CLC, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    Making arrangements to get kids to and from school, attending school functions (these happen much more than I remember as a child), preparing meals, yard work on the weekends, projects due for school…and the list goes on…

  • Find a Class for Everyone in your Growing Family

    Christy H., RN, BSN, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    The Women’s Hospital has classes for everyone, whether you’re expecting your first child or just need a refresher on certain skills. All of our classes are taught by experienced professionals in their area of expertise. Therefore, you are sure to receive the most up-to-date, accurate information on the topics you are most interested in.
     

  • Infant Photography

    Elizabeth W., Clerical Specialist

    When you are selecting a photographer to capture your sweet baby’s milestones, there are many things to look for. Everyone wants the best quality of pictures, but we also want someone who is gentle with our baby. Choosing the right person for this can be a challenge.


     

  • Why is it Important to Know My Family Medical History

    Christine H., Genetic Counselor at Tri State Perinatology

    Knowing one’s family medical history allows a person to take steps to reduce his or her risk. You should address any concerns you have about your family history with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional such as a genetics counselor.

  • Flat Head Syndrome

    Lorien A., MPT, OCS

    Positional Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome) - How do we help and prevent it?

  • Moms Support Circle

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Due to hormone changes after pregnancy, it is common to experience feelings of anxiety, sadness, or overwhelmed. The Women’s Hospital would like to assist you in your recovery with Mom’s Support Circle, our free, self-help group.

  • An Infertility Story: Journey to Baby Topper

    Valerie Topper, CNM, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    70 pills, 46 shots, 112 vaginal suppositories, numerous vaginal ultrasounds, and 2 years and 4 month’s time…


     

  • The Facts about Endometriosis

    Daniel Griffin, MD, FACOG, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    Endometriosis is a common condition in which part of the uterine lining or glands are located outside of the uterus. Typically the glandular tissue is located in the pelvis and abdomen. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are painful menstrual cycles, pain with intercourse, infertility or an ovarian mass. Learn about the most common treatments for Endometriosis.

  • Women and Heart Disease: Pregnancy Induced Heart Failure

    Courtney Hoppenjans,OB and Heart Patient, Deaconess Health System

    Courtney Hoppenjans, OB and Heart patient, shares her 2014 story about pregnancy induced heart failure. Learn about why women should listen to their bodies and how the amazing teams from The Heart Hospital and The Women's Hospital helped save Courtney and her baby's life.
     

  • Minimizing Visitors in the Hospital

    Gretchen Moody, RN, IBCLC, Community Education, Lactation and Patient Experience Coordinator

    Can you believe it’s here? The day that your baby is born has finally arrived! Friends and family are excited and eager to meet the new addition to your family. Grandmas can’t wait to get their hands on that sweet baby and they will…in time.





     

  • Dear New Mom, Don't Forget About YOU

    Constantine Scordalakes, MD, Women's Health Care P.C.

    The postpartum period—the days and weeks after giving birth--involves many emotional and physical changes for you as a new mother.  It also involves learning how to care for your newborn and how to function with the new demands at home. Adequate rest, good nutrition, and support from family and friends are crucial during the first few weeks after delivery to allow you to rebuild your strength.


     

  • 10 Baby Necessities: What Are They?

    Jenna Andrews, Community Engagement, and Experienced Mom

    You are in Babies R Us. Your husband has the scanner gun because, let’s be honest, the only way you could get him to join you was by promising he could play with the scanner gun. The haunting memory of registering for your wedding gifts 9 months prior is coming back. You are overwhelmed. You have never had a baby before! How are you supposed to know what you need?!

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    Laura Lackey, BSN, RNC-OB, CPLC Bereavement Coordinator, The Women's Hospital

    October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  The loss of a pregnancy or baby is a life changing event.  No matter the gestational age of the little one, you may hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  The loss of a little one is not something families “just get over.”  Families grieve and mourn and eventually learn to live a “new normal” life. 

  • Flu Vaccinations and Pregnant Women

    Carrye Daum, MDOB/GYN, Women’s Healthcare P.C.

    The flu shot has traditionally been an important part of a pregnant woman’s prenatal care. This year, the flu shot has become a controversial issue due to a recent study and proposed association between the flu shot and miscarriage.  Learn more about the study and flu vaccinations so you are knowledgeable and informed.

     

  • The Importance of Folic Acid

    Jennifer Deutsch, RD, Nutrition Services/Dietician Manager at The Women's Hospital
     
    Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. The CDC suggests that you start taking folic acid supplements daily for at least one month before you become pregnant and continue during pregnancy.

     

  • What’s Happening to My Body? 10 Common Pregnancy Discomforts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    There can be many discomforts to a woman's body that may accompany pregnancy. Consulting with your doctor is always an important thing to do when suffering from any sort of pain, but you may find these tips below to be helpful to ease common pregnancy discomforts. 

  • High Risk Pregnancy

    Katie Thomas, NP, Tri-State Perinatology at The Women's Hospital

    What is a high risk pregnancy? There are many conditions that can complicate a pregnancy, classifying it high risk. A high risk pregnancy can include problems with the mother or problems with the baby.

  • Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Pregnancy and Parenthood

    Cynthia Nunn, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    During my first pregnancy, I remember being tired all the time. Like, all the time. So unbelievably tired! There were moments I literally thought I was a crazy person.
     
    People had warned us of the effects a newborn would have on our life. However, we couldn’t really see past the rose-colored glasses which displayed the perfect little family and the perfect little child. Sleep deprivation was not part of the image portrayed in our minds. Yet this became a huge reality that neither myself, nor Ryan (my husband) really knew how to handle.

  • Swaddling

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    What does it mean to be swaddled? Swaddling is wrapping a blanket snugly around an infant.  Why do babies like to be swaddled? It helps to soothe them because it mimics the feeling a baby has inside Mom’s belly.

  • Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy

    Janice Hatler, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Community Education at The Women's Hospital

    Smoking remains a major public health issue because of its many well -known health risks such as heart disease and cancers. The health risks are even more serious for a woman that continues to smoke during her pregnancy due to the negative affects it has on the developing baby. Some of these risks include miscarriages, delivering low birth babies, babies born with birth defects and the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  • How Dads Can Help After Baby Arrives

    Rachel Beier, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital
     
    Being a part of your newborn’s life from the beginning is very important. Dad’s involvement promotes family bonding, increases the longevity and security of the new family, and decreases stress.  Dads can help ease the transition of adding a new baby to the family in the following ways.
     

  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month

    Dr. Spencer Kuper, Perinatologist, Tri-State Perinatology at The Women's Hospital

    May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Many may recognize the diagnosis, sometimes called toxemia, as the cause of a dramatic turn of events in the popular PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”

    One of the main characters, Lady Sybil Crawley, is in labor with her first child. The family’s doctor explains that Sybil has preeclampsia and is in danger. He recognizes the signs of the complication; she has protein in her urine, her ankles are swollen, and her baby is small.

  • Baby Blues

    Sarah Kluender, LSW, Wellness and Counseling Services at The Women's Hospital

    You've been preparing for the last several months for the arrival of your new baby.  The nursery is ready.  You have everything you will need in order to care for the new baby.  Delivery went well and you and baby have returned home from the hospital, but something just doesn’t seem right.
     

  • Mommy Guilt....Let it Go!

    Kimberly Foster, MD, OB/GYN, Women's Health Care P.C.

    As an OB/GYN physician (and mother of 5 boys), I am given the awesome opportunity to take care of expecting families. The majority of the articles for expecting moms are focused on our “first-time-moms”. As we approach Mother's Day, I want to focus on moms that are experienced or “veteran-mommies.”
     

  • Our Premature Miracle Baby

    Jenna Fettes, Wife and mother of two boys

    A week prior to the scary evening when I knew something wasn't right, we found out we were having a boy. We already decided on the name Asher, as I love names that have special meaning and are more unique. God truly guided us to the perfect name because Asher means "happy, blessed, fortunate," which truly defines him! 

  • Infertility Awareness

    Daniel Griffin, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    At the end of April each year, we observe National Infertility Awareness Week. Often times, as a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinologist), I am asked when people should consider fertility care and treatment, if referrals are necessary and what to expect. Below are my answers to a few of the most common questions I get with regard to fertility care and treatment.

  • Kick Counts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Your baby’s movement can be an indicator of fetal well-being. Many doctors encourage mothers to track their baby’s movements starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy. Monitoring movement also helps mothers to bond with their babies and learn their activity patterns.

  • Big Brother, Big Sister

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women’s Hospital

    With the addition of a baby, will there also be a new big brother or big sister in your house? Have you thought about the effect a new baby will have on your children? 

  • Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

    By Flora Arzanipour, MSOM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Healing Arts, The Women’s Hospital

    Many pregnant women have symptoms that may cause them discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to help relieve these symptoms. Besides providing relief for the mother, research shows that one acupuncture session a month during pregnancy can greatly improve your baby’s health.

  • Are Your Finances 'Baby Ready'?

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital
     
    Your family is about to grow in size, and with that growth comes added costs.  Some parents may wonder how they are going to manage their day-to-day expenses while still pursuing their family’s long term aspirations.  Are you prepared financially for your baby’s birth? 

  • Expecting Twins, Triplets, or More?!?

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Many women who are pregnant with multiples (2 or more babies) are excited but also anxious. Some common thoughts that may go through your mind when expecting multiples include...

  • Breast Milk is the Best Baby Food

    Janice Hatler BSN, RN, IBCLC
     
    Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed babies, and provides infants with nutrition that cannot be matched by formula. Many people are aware that breastfeeding has health benefits for baby; however, moms who choose to breastfeed their babies enjoy many long and short-term benefits as well.

  • The Baby is Here! Now What?

    Karla Kitch, MD, Deaconess Pediatric Hospitalist

    You’ve carefully followed your obstetrician’s instructions, and delivered a healthy baby… but now the BIG questions start to pop up. Usually these questions come to mind when it’s least convenient to you and often after your pediatrician’s office has closed for the day.  Here are some things to consider for these first few sweet but exhausting weeks!  

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