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maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: November 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a report on associations between maternal and paternal common mental disorders (CMD) before and during pregnancy and offspring preterm birth (PTB) and small for gestational age (SGA). Keep reading for more details!    …

warning signs for PMADs

Top 4 Warning Signs for PMADs (Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders) 

In the past ten years of working with clients during the motherhood transition, we have had the honor of supporting people through many highs and lows. We’ve had the opportunity to observe many warning signs for PMADs early on so that we could ensure support. The motherhood transition can be …

Black Doulas

Black Doulas Matter: Why Minority Representation Matters in Birth Work

Historical Context Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”(9). The relationship between Black women and healthcare has been strained for centuries. History tells us that physicians were the hired guns of slave owners. Physicians …

maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: October 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a qualitative study of the experiences of Black women and the intersection of race, gender, and pregnancy. Keep reading for more details!    Black Pregnant Women “Get the Most Judgment”: A Qualitative Study …

Twin Pregnancy

Eight Things to Consider During a Twin Pregnancy 

One sentiment I often hear from other moms before or after their first ultrasound is, “Oh my gosh! What if I’m having twins?” I have twins myself, so I’m not sure if I hear this regularly because they want my opinion on what it would be like, or if there …

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Clean Beauty: Does It Really Matter During Pregnancy?

Clean beauty. What is it?  In short, clean beauty includes products made without ingredients that are known to be harmful or questionable. Some refer to it as non-toxic beauty. Clean beauty includes cosmetics and personal care products (shampoo, lotion, body wash, etc.). Surprisingly, the U.S. has very few regulations in …

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Sept. 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we first take a look at the research on COVID-19 and its likelihood of perinatal transmission. Next, we examine the potential impact of phthalate and bisphenols during pregnancy. Keep reading for more details!    Neonatal Management …

Labor and Delivery With a Prolapse

Labor and Delivery With a Prolapse

“Is it okay for me to try and have a vaginal delivery since I have a cystocele?” “Should I schedule a c-section since I have a prolapse?” “Is it safe for me to get pregnant since I have a prolapse or will it get worse?”    Like most things surrounding …

pregnancy hemorrhoids

I Got Hemorrhoids: Tips to Heal and Provide Relief

Hemorrhoids are a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction. Your pelvic floor consists of three layers of muscles — superficial perineal layer, deep urogenital diaphragm layer, and pelvic diaphragm. Anything that affects these layers is known as a pelvic floor dysfunction. Hemorrhoids like to make their appearance during pregnancy or immediately …

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Healing from Miscarriage

How to Utilize the Four Pillars in the First Two Weeks After Pregnancy Loss Having a miscarriage is a deeply personal experience and one that looks different for each of us. Nearly 25% of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage, and yet, the topic remains somewhat taboo. As a result, …