Health Notes

Can my Unborn Baby Hear Me?

by Amanda Lura, MSN, CNM on January 14, 2015

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 to the baby. You too, may find yourself talking or reading to your belly.

The question is, can your baby hear you? The answer is… yes.

Studies show by talking to your belly and the baby growing inside, you are doing more than stimulating them. You are shaping their brain. Babies do hear what you say, and they recognize the words you use after birth.

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The Midwife Difference

by Marilyn Lowe, MSN, CNM on 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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Empowering Women, Delivering Good Health

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