Childbirth

Dr. Virginia Apgar: A Person of Influence in Obstetrics

The Apgar Score is a test used to evaluate newborns at birth. The test checks a baby's heart rate, muscle tone, and other signs to see if extra medical care or emergency care is needed. Developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar in 1953, the test has long been adopted as a...

The Childbirth Experience: What Can You Expect?

Every mom deserves a medal for childbirth. It can be scary to contemplate, especially for first-time mothers, so a little knowledge about the childbirth experience goes a long way to ease your mind. Some women deliver by Cesarean Section, but the majority are born...

Get to Know Samantha Corral, Certified-Nurse Midwife

A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is a specific kind of advanced practice nurse that specializes in women’s healthcare services. CNMs are licensed, independent health care providers with prescriptive authority in all 50 states. CNMs focus on participating as partners in...

What are the Breastfeeding Benefits for Moms?

Most people know that breastfeeding is good for the baby. Breastfed babies receive a head start on fighting bacteria and viruses from cells they receive from their mothers. Babies who are breastfed overall have stronger immune systems, fewer cases of respiratory...

If I live in the U.S. should I be concerned about Zika?

Although it’s not been featured recently in the news, Zika is still a concern for women in the U.S. and U.S. Territories. A recent report stated that 10% of women in the U.S. with Zika infections gave birth to a baby with virus-related birth defects. In the U.S., from...

How can your blood’s Rh factor affect your pregnancy?

While healthcare providers try to screen and treat as many women as they can, 5,000 babies develop Rh disease in the U.S. every year. What do you need to know? The majority of women are Rh (Rhesus) positive—85% of Caucasian women, 90% of African-American women, and...

Birth Spacing – A Key to Family Planning

Are you considering having another child? Your heart and mind might be ready for another little one, but is your body ready? Before you conceive again, get the facts about pregnancy spacing. Approximately 33% of American mothers have children spaced too close...

The 3 Stages of Childbirth

As Gloria Steinem has said, “Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.” Regardless of how your baby is delivered every mom deserves a blue ribbon at childbirth. Some women deliver by Cesarean Section,...

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