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The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative

“The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative was an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services aimed to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. On February 8, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the two strategies of this initiative to achieve these goals. The first

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Pre-eclampsia: What You Can Do to Prevent It

According to WebMD, pre-eclampsia (PE) is a condition that pregnant women can develop. It’s marked by high blood pressure in women who haven’t had high blood pressure before. Pre-eclamptic women will have a high level of protein in their urine and often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears late in pregnancy, though it

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2019 Open Enrollment: What You Should Know

Having a baby should be a joyful event, one that shouldn’t negatively affect couples for years after. Good health is especially important, as the need for medical intervention decreases significantly when the mom is naturally healthy. Of all the beneficial things a mother can do to help her baby grow well, good nutrition is the best gift

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10 Natural Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Cold and flu season is upon us, and although this season is off to a slow start, it’s still important to find healthy, natural ways for you and your family to prevent the flu. And, remember, women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season or

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Perinatal Mood Disorder

Pregnancy is a marvelous endeavor for women. Who can estimate the value of bringing even one child into the world? Pregnancy comes with a price. It adds new demands on the body and the mind. It creates a new challenge for the mother–to-be or the already existing mother. These challenges come in the form of

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Birth Centers Give Top-notch Care

There has been a lot of talk recently about the benefit of Birth Centers in our communities.  I want to add a resounding yes to that concept.  It is a new concept for traditional people to consider a birth center.  Why would someone who has had favorable outcomes in a hospital be attracted to an

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Why do some women go into preterm labor?

Loretta Shupe, an Ogden midwife discusses some of the reasons for preterm labor and actions to take which can help to manage and/or prevent it. Preterm labor is defined as labor symptoms or spontaneous rupture of membranes after the pregnancy has advanced to beyond 24 weeks gestation.  According to Anne Frye, the number one cause

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What is Amazing about having a Birth Center experience?

It’s all the same isn’t it? Having a baby? What does it matter where you have it? What couples are finding when they choose a Birth Center option is that they are about to embrace an Intimate birth experience. So many things are now in their control such as who is present at their birth,

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Is Meconium at Birth To Be Expected?

Not necessarily. The presence of meconium at birth tells us that the baby had an event where its oxygen supply was compromised.  This could have happened anytime during the pregnancy or during labor.  About 12% of live births have the presence of meconium at birth and only about .002% of those live births develops into

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Is Tearing at Birth Normal?

No, it doesn’t have to be.  Many factors play into whether a mother’s perineum tears or not. Position- Some positions that the mother is in at the time of pushing put less stress on the perineum.  Hands and Knees, Side-lying, Squatting, and Semi-recumbent are all gentle positions on the perineum.  Sitting up with legs spread

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