Smoking and Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time to quit smoking. Approximately 30% of women will stop smoking when pregnancy is confirmed, and more will quit later. However, studies indicate that approximately 25% will continue to smoke throughout the pregnancy. For a pregnant woman, smoking is strongly associated with numerous problems, such as bleeding and spontaneous miscarriage, low birth weight babies, premature labor, stillbirth, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and the increased risk that the child will become a smoker. Read More …

Newborn Screening

Newborn screening refers to blood tests done on newborns to identify infants who may have a rare disorder ("inborn error of metabolism"). Read More …

Successful Breastfeeding

Successful Breastfeeding
by Jane C. Van Nort, IBCLC Even the federal government recognizes the importance of breastfeeding. House Bill 3531, known as the New Mothers Breastfeeding Promotion and Protection Act, has five key measures 1. Ensures that breastfeeding is protected under civil rights law; 2. Provides tax credit for employers who set up lactation rooms and/or provide equipment and/or counseling; 3. Grants working moms unpaid breastfeeding (pumping) breaks of up to an hour a day; 4. Requires the FDA to develop minimum standards for breast pumps; and 5. Expands support for WIC’s breastfeeding promotion and education programs. Sixteen states, including Texas, protects, by law, the mother’s right to breastfeed in public. Read More …

The Benefits of Massage for Mother and Baby

Gone are the days of the "massage parlor" mentality when referring to this wonderful form of healing arts. Massage is coming into the mainstream. Health experts are finding through research the many benefits of massage. The queen of touch research is Tiffany Field, Ph.D. Dr. Field is arguably responsible for more clinical research on touch and massage therapy than anyone. She receives a lot of funding for her research, but Johnson & Johnson’sTM is her largest supporter in helping her establish the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami. Dr. Fields was also consulted for the article, "The Magic of Touch: Massage’s Healing Powers Make It Serious Medicine," in Life magazine (August 1997). Read More …

Making Your Birth Plans

Women often have strong feelings about what they do and don’t want to happen during their pregnancies. Whether we already have children or this is the first time, more specific hopes, wishes, and fears come up as baby’s arrival draws near. This is when a Birth Plan can be a helpful comunication tool. Read More …

Multiple Births

In the last decade, the number of twin births has risen by 31% and the number of triplets, quadruplets or greater jumped by 245%. Most multiple pregnancies are created in the process of overcoming infertility. Assisted reproductive techniques account for more than 95% of these pregnancies. Read More …

Questions and Answers about Your Pregnancy

What kinds of tests will my caregiver be doing for me? Routine tests early in your pregnancy determine your blood type, immunity to rubella and test for various sexually transmitted diseases that can harm your unborn baby. If you’re due for a pap test, this will also be done. Midway through your pregnancy you may have a glucose tolerance test to see if you may develop gestational diabetes. Depending on your age and family history, you will be asked whether you want genetic testing such as amniocentesis. You’ll also probably have at least one ultrasound of your baby. Read More …

Exercise during Pregnancy

There’s no magic potion that a woman can use to ensure good health during pregnancy. The most important spell a pregnant woman can be under is one that involves eating healthy foods and exercising in moderation. Read More …