Director of Newborn Services at The Women's Hospital
Learning about SUIDS (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome) and safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, not just for parents. SUIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age. It is important for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies to learn more.
Homemade Baby Food Done Right
Jennifer D., RD Dietetics and Nutrition Manager at The Women's Hospital
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?
Ron Pyle, MD, Director of Neonatal Transport and Outreach Education
What are Group B streptococci (GBS)? What is Group B streptococci infection?
What to Expect Your First Night Home
Mary R., Lactation Consultant at The Women's Hospital
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.
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.
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…
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?!
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.
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.”
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?
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...
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!