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How Do I Know if I’m in Labor?
Monday, June 02, 2014

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As a pregnant woman approaches the final weeks of labor, her anxiety often grows. Many women wonder if they will recognize the symptoms of labor and make it to the hospital on time. In movies and on TV, women have one contraction and give birth minutes later, however in reality, it is usually slower and less dramatic.

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Coping with Spring Allergies
Monday, April 28, 2014

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As I write this, I’m happy to report that Spring is officially here. I know this not because of the weather (there’s currently snow on the ground!), but because of the sinus congestion and runny nose I’ve been fighting for more than a week now. Many of you may be in the same boat, suffering from seasonal allergies or, more medically, Allergic Rhinitis. Where do these symptoms come from? How can they be remedied?

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Immunizations During Pregnancy
Thursday, March 13, 2014

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At your first prenatal visit, your provider will test to see if you are immune to rubella (German measles) and varicella (chicken pox). Most people will have had the immunization for rubella as children. Some people will have had the chicken pox and be immune to the illness, and some people will have had the vaccine. If you are not immune to rubella or varicella, you will receive the vaccination after the baby is born on the post-partum floor. These two vaccinations are not safe to receive during pregnancy.        

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Skin to Skin Contact After Birth
Thursday, March 13, 2014
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The first hours after birth are a very important time for bonding. Immediately following birth, there is a large surge of hormones that make you and your baby feel alert, ready to bond, and prepared to initiate breastfeeding. During the first moments after birth there are also a lot of important changes that a baby needs to make in order to adapt to life outside of the womb. Skin to Skin contact immediately following birth and for the first several hours after birth can help facilitate this very important bonding time and also ease the transition from life inside the womb to life outside of the womb.
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Pain Management in Labor
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Childbirth is a very personal experience.  First you need to choose a health care provider (nurse-midwife or physician) that will help guide you along the way including how to manage your childbirth discomfort.  When choosing between a medicated or a natural birth option, education will help you to know what to expect and how to cope with the labor forces.  Childbirth is physically and emotionally demanding.  Preparedness is key.

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