Understanding the Apgar Score

Just after a baby is born, a doctor, midwife or nurse performs a quick test on the newborn and gives he or she an Apgar score. The test is typically completed one minute after birth and again five minutes later. The goal is to evaluate the baby’s health and determine if he or she requires any … [Read more...]

What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord falls through the cervix to the birth canal before the baby does. This complication can occur both during pregnancy and during labor, potentially causing a serious threat to the baby. The umbilical cord is the baby’s lifeline, so when … [Read more...]

Why Weight Loss is Harder for Women

It’s not a myth. Losing weight is, in fact, harder for women. Women often get discouraged because they try to do everything right – eat healthy, watch calories, and exercise – and yet the scale doesn’t move. There are several different reasons why it’s more difficult; some are biological and … [Read more...]

Go Time! Stages of Labor and What to Expect

Labor experiences are different for every woman, and can even be vastly different for every pregnancy. How quickly and smoothly the process goes depends on a lot of different factors, like whether or not you’re a first-time mom or a pro. Even though each birth can be so different, all women go … [Read more...]

Common Breastfeeding Problem #2: “It’s so painful!”

Women who don’t have a close friend or relative to talk to about breastfeeding often aren’t aware of some of the common issues that arise at the beginning and throughout baby’s first year. In our first common breastfeeding problems blog, we talked about low milk production. (Read more about how … [Read more...]

Menopause and Fertility: Can I Still Get Pregnant?

Many women assume that any sign of menopause – hot flashes or missed periods – means their chances of getting pregnant are next to nothing, but that is not necessarily the case. This misunderstanding stems from the fact that the term “menopause” is often misunderstood. When most women say they’re … [Read more...]

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Risks and Tips for VBAC Success

Many women who end up having an unplanned c-section decide they want to try for a vaginal birth with their next delivery, known as a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Although VBAC is a often little riskier than cesarean birth, many women can still successfully deliver vaginally after previous … [Read more...]

Common Breastfeeding Problems: “I’m not producing enough milk”

Breastfeeding is a natural thing, so it should come easy, right? It’s not as easy as you might think. The CDC stated in their 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card that “Of infants born in 2011, 49% were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27% at 12 months.” Why the big drop in numbers? There are a variety … [Read more...]

Most Common Causes of Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are hardly uncommon, with the majority of women experiencing at least one yeast infection over their lifetime. Yeast infections are caused by an imbalance between the yeast and bacteria naturally present within the vagina, causing uncomfortable itching and burning. While there are … [Read more...]

The Importance of Regular Breast Self-Exams

Breast self-exams (BSEs) are not something many women, especially those who are younger, remember to do on a regular basis. However, it should be a monthly priority for every woman. These exams can help you detect any abnormalities and some types of breast cancer early, allowing for treatment to … [Read more...]