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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Archive for the ‘Birth’ Category

How to handle conflicting advice on infant care

conflicting advice on infant care

When it comes to finding trusted information on infant feeding, vaccines and sleep environments, where do new mothers get their information? Researchers at Boston Medical Center surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,031 mothers of infants ages 2 to 6 months about advice they receive from doctors, nurses, family and media about pacifier use, breastfeeding, […]

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Arizona Parent Kit

Babies don’t come with an instruction manual—unless their parents live in Arizona. The Arizona Parent Kit contains resources to help parents support their children, from baby to toddler to preschooler. First Things First provides the toolkit to parents of all Arizona newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. Funded by a voter-enacted tax […]

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The Longest Labor: Revisiting high-risk pregnancy

Debbie Wohl Isard, Risa Isard, high-risk pregnancy, high-risk birth

When Raising Arizona Kids magazine published “The Longest Labor” series in 1991, the magazine—just two years old—broke new ground with a discussion about pregnancies that aren’t perfect. The series of articles included my own story of preterm labor and post-partum depression. Post-partum depression was not yet a commonly acknowledged medical condition or even in the […]

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My high-risk birth

As far back as I can remember, I’ve known my birth was high risk. Growing up, I heard how my mom was on bed rest for more than four months and missed my older brother Phillip’s first day of preschool. (If you’re wondering, that doesn’t win you any little-sister points in the lifelong game of […]

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“Baby-Friendly” Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Initiating breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Facilitating skin-to-skin contact. Keeping mothers and their babies together 24 hours a day. No baby formula unless medically necessary. No pacifiers or artificial nipples. No gift bags with formula, or magazines advertising formula products. An entire staff—from the anesthesiologists and OB-GYNs to the food delivery workers and the […]

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Prenatal yoga

I took my first prenatal yoga class (and my first yoga class) with Mary Bruce, a certified yoga instructor in Phoenix since 1997. Bruce had a strong but calm presence that was perfect for apprehensive mothers-to-be. She led us gracefully through the “bound angle” and “garland” poses to open our hips. We learned the cat/cow […]

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What to consider before VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

Everything Natalie Johnson of Chandler knew about labor and delivery she learned from watching “A Baby Story” on The Learning Channel. In the months leading up to the birth of her son Cooper, in the spring of 2009, scenarios from the show resonated. “I thought everyone had the same type of birth,” says Natalie. “You […]

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Giving birth at home: New AAP guidelines

Although still not so common, the number of parents who plan a home birth has grown in the past few years. The American Academy of Pediatrics, or AAP, has released a new policy statement regarding care for infants born in a home setting. While the AAP and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) […]

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Neuro-NICU reunion at PCH

There was a reunion at Phoenix Children’s Hospital yesterday of children who were treated in the Neuro NICU to reduce the impact of brain damage that can result from a lack of oxygen during the birth process. RAK medical writer Vicki Louk Balint’s  article about the groundbreaking cooling technique appeared in our September magazine: Rebooting […]

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Paging Dr. Milk: How physician moms find breastfeeding support

Dr. Milk, Laurie Jones MD, breastfeeding

Medical students, residents and physician moms can face unique challenges when it comes to meeting their breastfeeding goals. But when physician mothers experience personal success with breastfeeding, no matter their specialty, there’s a ripple effect that helps all moms.

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