Tag Archives: childbirth

CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Abstain from Alcohol

One in 10 women who are pregnant in the United States say they drank alcohol within the last 30 days, putting their babies and themselves at significant risk. Additionally, about one-third of those pregnant drinking mothers reported binge drinking – consuming four or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting. “We know that alcohol use during […]

Exercise May Help Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant and experiencing back pain may want to ask their doctor for exercise suggestions. Physical exercises before and during pregnancy can be effective in preventing and reducing low back and pelvic pain, according to a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect a woman’s […]

Women Who Work Long Hours, Lift Heavy Loads May Struggle to Get Pregnant

Women who work more than 40 hours a week take 20 percent longer to become pregnant compared to their peers who work fewer hours, a new study finds. Researchers also found that women who routinely lift loads of at least 25 pounds several times a day spent about 50 percent longer trying to conceive. The […]

Stroke Risk Factors, Treatment Different for Women, Guidelines Suggest

For the first time, medical guidelines have been specifically tailored to help stroke prevention among women. “If you are a woman, you share many of the same risk factors for stroke with men, but your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health, pregnancy, childbirth and other sex-related factors,” said Dr. Cheryl Bushnell, author of […]

Prevent and Treat Anemia Through Diet, Supplements

Dizziness. Exhaustion. Shortness of breath. These are just some of the symptoms people may feel if they have anemia – a common blood disorder that many develop at some point of their life. Anemia occurs when the body has an insufficient number of healthy red blood cells. These cells are vital for delivering oxygen throughout […]

Midwives Make a Difference: National Midwifery Week 2013

This week is National  Midwifery Week, created to raise awareness and recognition for midwives and midwife-led care. Certified nurse midwifes are nurses who are specially trained and certified to assist women with women’s health issues, pregnancy, and their child’s birth. Women have been giving birth with midwives for centuries, but in recent years they’ve been […]

What Exactly Does “Natural Birth” Mean?

With all eyes on the impending birth of England’s future monarch, there has been a great deal of discussion over the Duchess of Cambridge’s plan to have a “natural” birth and what that means. Childbirth entails a very personal series of decisions, including whether to use an obstetrician or a midwife, whether to utilize pain […]

Laboring in Water and Water Delivery

At The Midwifery Center for Birth in DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk, Virginia our certified nurse-midwives and doulas offer personal attention, freedom to make an individualized birth plan and a hands-on approach to enhance your personal care and comfort. This birthing centers also offers a whirlpool jacuzzi for laboring. For many women, laboring in water […]

Prenatal Substance Abuse Still Worldwide Problem, Study Finds

Smoking. Drinking alcohol. Illegal drug use. Despite educational campaigns to discourage these behaviors, prenatal substance abuse continues to be a problem worldwide, according to a technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Early in pregnancy, fetal malformations may occur while, later in pregnancy, it is the developing fetal brain that is more vulnerable to injury,” […]

Health Officials Urge Parents to Stop Using Infant Sleep Positioners

The nation’s top health and safety officials are reminding parents and caregivers to stop putting infants in sleep positioners unless prescribed by a doctor. The warning comes after a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 13 infant deaths associated with sleep positioner products from 1997 to 2011. Although infant sleep […]