Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Skin

Pregnancy and Skin

This can be an overwhelming topic as there is A LOT of information on the Internet about skin changes during pregnancy and what products are OK and not OK to use during this 40-week period! Also, let’s not forget the stress that may accompany these […]

The Use of a Fetal Doppler at Home

The Use of a Fetal Doppler at Home

What is a Handheld Fetal Doppler? A handheld Doppler is a device that uses ultrasound to read your baby’s heartbeat. Your nurse or provider may use a handheld Doppler at your OB appointment after 12 weeks gestation to assess your baby’s heart rate and rhythm. […]

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Now the infamous phrase… “But, I am eating for two…” True, a pregnant woman is responsible for eating enough for both the baby and herself to survive, but sometimes that can go a little bit overboard.  In other cases, some expectant mothers become afraid of […]

The 5 Ps of Successful Breastfeeding

The 5 Ps of Successful Breastfeeding

  Plan, Position, Practice, Patience and Persistence. 1. Plan and Decide if Breastfeeding is For You. The pros and cons of breastfeeding should be understood when deciding if breastfeeding is for you and your baby. It is a good idea to discuss these with your […]

What You Should Know About GBS

What You Should Know About GBS

What is GBS? Global Business Services (GBS) are providing ample opportunities… just teasing! The GBS I will be speaking of today is Group B. Streptoccus, also referred to as Group. B. Strep or Baby Strep. GBS is a bacterium that may come and go in […]

All About Birth Plans, Created by a Labor and Delivery Nurse

All About Birth Plans, Created by a Labor and Delivery Nurse

Written birth plans can be controversial in the Obstetrics world! This simple post will help you evaluate if a birth plan will be a support to you in the labor and delivery process. And, if so, as a Labor and Delivery nurse, I will show […]

Your Embarrassing Pregnancy Questions Answered

Your Embarrassing Pregnancy Questions Answered

As a good friend and Labor and Delivery Nurse, I get asked some ooey gooey, awkward questions! The sort that only come out in the all safe zones; like the girl’s nights outs or the baby showers… at least once grandma has left right?  These […]

10 Ways to Support Her Through Labor & Delivery

10 Ways to Support Her Through Labor & Delivery

Congratulations! YOU are going to be a DAD! Nervous, excited, panicked? One of my many favorite parts of my job is to observe the interactions between the Daddy-to-be and the Mommy-to-be during this intense, life altering moment. As you can imagine, it’s somewhat entertaining and […]

4 Steps to Quit Smoking While Pregnant

4 Steps to Quit Smoking While Pregnant

Dear Pregnant Smoker, First of all, my heart goes out to you. You probably already know the health risks associated with smoking, let alone to your unborn child. I do not know your exact circumstances but I do know just how addictive this habit is […]

Pregnancy Nausea Relief, Care Package, & Free Printables

Pregnancy Nausea Relief, Care Package, & Free Printables

Although referred to as “morning sickness” in pregnancy, nausea and vomiting is common any time of the day. Nausea and vomiting is believed to be caused by hormones during pregnancy, and in most women, subsides about half way through the pregnancy (there is light at […]

13 Commonly Asked Questions Regarding C-Sections

13 Commonly Asked Questions Regarding C-Sections

Video created by my dear friend from West End Creative Group, see more of their beautiful videos at westendcreativegroup.com. Schedule with them and use the code westendbabies for a 10% discount! My heart sympathizes when I see my laboring patient’s eyes swell with disappointment and […]

Cervical Dilation & Effacement with a Fruity Theme

Cervical Dilation & Effacement with a Fruity Theme

What is the Cervix? Cervix in Latin means neck (English Dictionary, 2008). Anatomically, picture the cervix being the neck of the uterus. You can also think of the cervix as the protection gate that keeps your baby inside the uterus until ready for birth.   Where […]

One of The Least Expensive Ways to Protect Your Unborn Baby

One of The Least Expensive Ways to Protect Your Unborn Baby

One of the least expensive ways to protect your unborn Baby but one of the most effective.  Folic acid, a B vitamin that aids our body in making new cells- A must take vitamin for all sexually active woman.  Just 3-4 dollars at your local […]

Check List of What to Bring to the Hospital

Check List of What to Bring to the Hospital

Download PDF checklist shown in the picture here: Check List of What To Bring to The Hospital  Momma’s Hospital List Picture ID and insurance card These will be taken at registration. Any medications you are currently taking or a list  Sometimes you are allowed to take […]

The Most Common Medications in Labor & Delivery

The Most Common Medications in Labor & Delivery

It is your right to know the effects and side effects of the medications offered to you When I go to the car mechanic I am lost and frustrated in their car mechanic lingo.  Healthcare lingo is also a different language… our tools and procedures […]

Roller Coaster of Emotions, keep your arms and legs in at all times!

Roller Coaster of Emotions, keep your arms and legs in at all times!

The complaints I hear the most about from the significant other is the pregnant woman’s draining emotions… that with the new increase in appetite causing the significant other to gain “sympathy weight”.  I like to believe that the dramatized emotions are there to help the […]

True Labor Vs. False Labor

True Labor Vs. False Labor

You might hear many people say, “You will absolutely know when you are in labor”.  Well what defines labor?  Labor is when the cervix is becoming thinner (effacement) and opens (dilates) due to the uterus contracting at regular intervals. Signs that you are approaching labor […]