Pregnancy & Birth
woman in childbirth, experiencing labor pain

Managing Labor Pain: 5 Q’s for a Labor & Delivery Nurse

Labor pain is hard to describe to someone who hasn’t been through it. But you should know, they sure don’t call it labor because it is easy. “For most women, going through labor is probably the worst pain you’ll experience in your life,” says Rebecca Peterson, RN, a labor and …

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Supporting New Parents

Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: How to Tell the Difference

The event of becoming a mother should be nothing but a joyous one, but the excitement of having a new baby can be overshadowed by feelings of sadness and mood swings. Many new moms experience these feelings shortly after giving birth, which are often referred to as the ‘baby blues.’ …

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Healthy Postpartum Care
No, You Shouldn't Eat Your Placenta (and other postpartum tips)

No, You Shouldn’t Eat Your Placenta

Eating the placenta after delivering a baby may sound gross, but celebrity moms from January Jones to Kim Kardashian claim ingesting the placenta after birth boosts milk production, increases energy and staves off postpartum depression. What harried new mom wouldn’t want some of that? FAQ on Placenta Eating (aka Placentophagy) …

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Labor & Delivery
Hypnobirthing: Controlling Pain in Childbirth through Self-Hypnosis

How Self-Hypnosis Can Relieve Pain During Childbirth

HypnoBirthing® sounds like something from a sci-fi novel, but it’s an empowering skill that helps pregnant women have a more comfortable labor and birth experience. “HypnoBirthing was developed by Marie Mongan, M.Ed., who used it when she gave birth to her own children in the 1950s and 60s,” says Kelly …

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Women's Health

Pregnant on Birth Control?

Oral contraceptives, condoms, intrauterine devices and other forms of birth control are highly effective. But even the best prevention methods fail sometimes – no matter how careful you are. Just ask the thousands of women who find themselves pregnant while on birth control. According to Phillis Mims-Gillum, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist …

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Women's Health

How to Stay Heart Healthy While Pregnant

A woman’s body goes through a tremendous amount of change during pregnancy. From hormonal shifts to odd food cravings, and even just the amazing act of housing a new, growing being, there’s a lot going on – and that includes the way your heart works. Most heart-related changes during pregnancy …

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Caring for Your Baby

Picking a Pediatrician for Your Newborn

Your final months of pregnancy are a flurry of preparation: putting the final touches on the nursery, baby showers and deciding on baby names. But have you picked out your baby’s doctor yet? Melina Dendrinos, M.D., a Henry Ford obstetrician, says the best time to choose your child’s pediatrician is …

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Women's Heart Health

Pregnancy Complications: A Risk Factor for Heart Disease?

It’s no secret that pregnancy taxes a woman’s body. Blood volume expands, heart rate increases and blood sugar levels spike. And while doctors have always been aware of the immediate risks associated with these increased demands on a woman’s body, new research suggests pregnancy complications are a sign of heart …

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Healthy Parenting

Top Baby Safety Advice for New Parents

Becoming a parent is an experience that is entirely unique to each person, of course, but a few truths are pretty universal. One is that first-time motherhood or fatherhood is certainly full of new experiences. You never knew you could function on such little sleep, for example. The overwhelming sense …

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Safe Sleep for Infants

Sleep Position Is Important for Baby’s Health

Did you know that an average of 140 babies die each year in Michigan due to unsafe sleep practices known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? It is a tragedy when any baby dies, especially of SIDS. Researchers have learned that a segment of these SIDS deaths are, in fact, …

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