Certified Nurse-Midwives

Are you looking for a different experience? Perhaps you have been reading, going to childbirth classes, and listening to friends. You may be learning and wanting something different. Read More …

Choosing Child Care

Choosing Child Care
by Susie Redfern Any parent looking for day care wants it to be high quality, convenient and affordable. In the process of looking for such care, parents will likely have questions on how to go about it. This article will address some of these questions and concerns. Read More …

Selecting a Child Care Home or Day Care Center

Selecting Quality Infant Care
by Joan Gerard, MSW Arranging for childcare can be a difficult and emotional process for new as well as experienced parents. When selecting infant care, it is especially important to begin the search while you are still pregnant to avoid making a rushed decision. Developing a checklist related to your family’s needs will help you in your search for the right center or home care provider. Here are some key points to consider: Read More …

Consider a Nurse-Midwife

"Come on Emily, just one more push, you can do it!" It had been a long trying labor. Fourteen hours at home and then another six at the hospital. It was all worth it though as Emily looked into the mirror and realized that her baby was only moments away from emerging. She gathered her strength and, listening to the nurse-midwife’s instructions, pushed slowly and steadily. "Slower, Emily, just pant now," she heard, "Look down, look down!" She gave one more push and opened her eyes in time to see her partner John and the nurse-midwife Susan lift her newborn up to her abdomen. She felt incredible relief and pride; she had done it! John had tears in his eyes as he exclaimed, "It’s a girl, Emily, a girl, we did it!" Read More …

Pediatricians

Choosing a Pediatrician
by Angela DaidoneBecoming a parent is much more than the miracle of birth. Among many other facets, it is having the responsibility of caring for the health and well-being of the child. It is important to consider choosing a pediatrician before your child arrives to ensure the best care for your baby. Read More …

A First-Time Mother’s Labor and Delivery

There is an incredible amount of variation in what labor is like for a first-time mom. The length of labor is extremely variable, with the average length of active labor being 12 hours. Some labors are "harder" or "easier" than others due to things like the position and size of the baby, shape and size of the pelvis and a myriad of other physical, emotional and psychological factors that come into play. Each woman has her own perceptions about labor as well. It is viewed by some as a necessary evil, a means to an end that must be endured with the least amount of discomfort possible. Others view it as a natural, spiritual, miraculous event that they want to experience fully with minimal intervention. The common thread is that parents-to-be want a healthy mother and baby. Since labors vary so much, go into labor with an open mind and a trust that your health care provider will help you with decision making should something unexpected come up. Childbirth classes are very helpful in educating parents about what "normal" labor is like and the choices available to them during labor. Read More …

Pregnancy Question & Answer

What can I do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy?
A healthy pregnancy begins with a healthy, happy, knowledgeable woman who will be able to provide her baby with an optimal uterine environment. Read More …

Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing Your Baby’s Pediatrician
by Jerold Aronson, MD and Susan Aronson, MD Selecting the right pediatrician for your new baby is an important process which takes both time and thought. Every pediatrician is committed to helping parents raise healthy children with the greatest possible ease, confidence, pleasure and success. In addition, regular visits to the pediatrician are a key part of preventive health care. However, different pediatricians have different approaches, so you may want to interview several candidates before selecting the pediatrician who best suits your family’s particular preferences and needs, Conduct this search in your 7th or 8th month of pregnancy so you can make your choice well before the baby arrives. Read More …