Health Notes

Fears of a Pregnant Midwife

by Erin Lavin, MSN, CNM on March 18, 2015

My husband and I will have been married for 10 years this spring.

When we welcomed our first child, a boy, in April 2009 we were both working full-time jobs. My husband worked days in IT and was going to graduate school. I was working night shift as a nurse and was a busy midwife student (as most of us know, babies aren’t just born between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.!). I’m not exactly sure how we survived being new parents, juggling our education and jobs, and kept all the bills paid, but somehow we made it all work.

At the time, I feared that our son was missing out on a lot of our attention. However, he grew into one of the sweetest, most patient, smartest little kids I know. (I know I’m his mama, but despite any bias it really is true!) He truly is the best gift we have ever received.

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What They Don’t Tell You about Taking Baby Home

by Cece Norton, MSN, CNM on February 11, 2015

In the last months of pregnancy you may start to daydream about actually bringing your baby home. How wonderful it will be… You imagine gazing into your infant’s eyes with your husband/partner looking on, ready and willing to help fetch diapers, keep the house clean, and keeping half awake during the night just in case he needs to help.

When you think of babies it’s hard to go beyond the cuteness.  We picture them sleeping quietly in their mother’s arms or sweetly cooing and smiling.

What nobody tells you is how hard the transition into parenthood may actually be.

Remember how cool it was to pull an “all-nighter” when you were young? It’s not so cool night after night after night… Sleep deprivation is something used to torture criminals into telling the truth.

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Can my Unborn Baby Hear Me?

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A new pregnancy is exciting and fun. People love the joy and excitement an ever-changing belly bump brings. As your tummy begins to expand and grow, you may notice that the amount of people wanting to talk to your bump does as well. You will find that daddy and grandma love to whisper sweet messages […]

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The Midwife Difference

December 11, 2014

It’s a question we hear often from expecting mothers… what is the difference between a midwife and an obstetrician, and which is the best choice for me?

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One Fish, Two Fish, Some Fish, No Fish?

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Once you find out you are pregnant, you can easily find yourself questioning everything in your pantry and examining it’s ingredients with a fine tooth comb. Your diet during pregnancy is so important to the development of the tiny person you are growing, it can easily lead to internet searches and sometimes confusion and fear […]

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Labor Pains: Help for the Hurt

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Let’s face it… childbirth can be a painful process. As a midwife, it’s my job to be there – encouraging, assisting and anticipating a woman’s needs during labor. While many women choose to use pain medications, there are many others who do not. One of my many roles is to help a woman find which […]

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Tell-Tale Signs Predict When Baby Will Arrive (or Not)

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The final month of pregnancy is filled with excitement and anticipation. So many preparations have been made for the big arrival: Showers have been given, nurseries painted, cribs assembled and diapers purchased. Then you wait. You wait for some type of sign. Is that a contraction? Did I feel a trickle? I swear I lost […]

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Sunshine Vitamin Keeps Mom and Baby Healthy

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When you become pregnant, there’s a big focus on healthy living for you and your baby. Vitamins are a big part of staying healthy while expecting, and one in particular can do a lot of good. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” and is important for your overall health. It helps build strong […]

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Does Being Pregnant Have to Come Between Me and My Coffee?

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Iced coffee, iced tea, diet soda and chocolate. Before I got pregnant with my son, I got my daily dose of caffeine in just about any form I could get it. Between midwifery school and working nights full time, I needed to find a way to chase away daytime drowsiness. When I found out I […]

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Empowering Women, Delivering Good Health

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Giving birth is the single most powerful thing a woman can do. It envelops mind, body and spirit. As a midwife, my focus is on seeing women through the entire process.  From the first prenatal visit to labor and delivery, midwives are a very present partner in the birth experience. We spend a lot of […]

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