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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 Dr. Michael Clouatre, M.D.

Dr. Michael Clouatre completed his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1993. Then, He completed an Obstetrics & Gynecologic Surgery internship and residency in 1997 at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. How do you pronounce...

Blood Glucose Screening and Tolerance Test: All You Need to Know

When you’re pregnant, your doctor will recommend a one-hour blood glucose screening and tolerance test to check for gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Low-risk pregnant women typically take the screening test between 24 and 28...

Get to Know Dr. Darrin Cunningham

Dr. Darrin Cunningham completed his medical degree at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1991, subsequently completing an Obstetrics & Gynecologic Surgery internship and residency in 1996 at Hillcrest Health Center in Oklahoma City,...

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...

Symptoms of Miscarriage and Risks You Need to Know

Pregnancy can be an exciting time, yet because miscarriage is common, it helps to be informed about the symptoms and risks, in the unfortunate event that you find yourself or someone you know experience. Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according...

Preterm Labor and Premature Babies: Signs, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

Premature birth—babies born before 37 weeks—is a complicated problem with no single solution. About 380,000 babies are born prematurely annually in the U.S.  Premature babies may face long-term health problems. Even women without risk factors can still have preterm...

Pregnancy and Obesity: What Should I Expect During My Pregnancy?

Are you concerned about pregnancy and obesity? If so, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, one in four of pregnant women in the U.S. are considered overweight (a BMI between 25 and 29.9), at the beginning of pregnancy. Another quarter (25%) are considered obese (a...

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the womb, often in one of the fallopian tubes. To become pregnant, the ovaries release an egg into the fallopian tube on the fourteenth day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. If sperm fertilizes the egg, the egg travels from the...

Ultrasounds 101

The word ultrasound is tossed around fairly lightly when someone is pregnant. They’ve become a routine part of pregnancy as well as other noninvasive procedures. But what are ultrasounds exactly? How do they work? Let’s start with a definition. An ultrasound scan uses...

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