C-SECTION and VBAC

Nearly every expectant mother envisions herself experiencing a peaceful, natural birth without complications or undue discomfort. While this is the ideal everyone strives for, it sometimes does not occur. Your health needs and those of your baby affect whether you will have a C-section or vaginal birth, but other things may also affect the decision.  

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TU(BE) OR NOT TU(BE)?

If you are like the majority of parents with infants and toddlers, you are sure to be familiar with otitis media – or ear infections.  If you have taken your child to the pediatrician for treatment, you are not alone.  Over 35% of all pediatric visits in the US are due to ear infections.  Faced with deciding whether surgery is right for your child, you may wonder if there are any other options available.  Well, there are.  

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CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD MOM - IT'S ALL "GYM" DANDY

Yet another sign of adapting to change as I age has shown itself.  Back in the day, like when I was a kid, the only people who regularly spent time at the gym were those who were involved in some kind of specific training. Fast forward to today.  I have joined a gym.  I have prodded my husband (who actually admits to the same feelings as me) to join with me. 

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BE PREPARED (GOOD ADVICE FOR SCOUTS AND PARENTS!)

In the 1970’s, savvy expectant moms prepared for the birth of their babies by attending “Childbirth Classes.”  These classes were usually offered by area hospitals to pregnant women in their last trimester of pregnancy and taught by experienced OB and maternity nursing staff.  Countless women waddled into community centers with their pillows and partners in tow to learn what to expect during the hospital delivery of their child.  

Today, there are many more options for a women to explore as she writes her birth plan and prepares for pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Below are brief descriptions of four popular birth preparation techniques.

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PREGNANCY AND PAINTING

While many things about pregnancy are not fun, one of the high points can be planning and decorating the nursery. Often this will require painting (or repainting) a room to achieve the perfect backdrop for baby’s retreat. But you may wonder if it's safe to paint while you're pregnant. The answer, depending on the circumstances is actually “Yes” and “No.”

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GET WITH THE PLAN, MAN (I MEAN MOM)

Once you find out you are pregnant, you are faced with SO many decisions regarding your labor and delivery options.  To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you may want to consider compiling a birth plan.  A birth plan is simply an outline or summary of your preferences for labor and delivery. 

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Confessions of an Old Mom-The Heart of the Matter

Confessions of an Old Mom-The Heart of the Matter

Being an “old mom” means more than facing the expected changes in parenting; it means facing unexpected changes in personal health matters as well.  Sometimes, adjusting my attitudes to fit the new, more enlightened times proves just as difficult as adjusting to the actual age-related health struggles.

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Healthy Family-Friendly Recipes

Everyone is aware of the benefits of eating a healthy diet.  But, in today's busy world, as you rush between work, school, activities and commitments, following a healthy diet can often be difficult.  Having a few "go-to" meal and snack recipes that the entire family (kids as well as adults) enjoys making and eating can alleviate much of the stress and anxiety of dealing with meal planning and preparation.

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Five Family-Friendly Health Habits

As 2017 kicks into full swing, many of us may already be struggling a bit with keeping our resolve to live healthier in the new year.  Achieving and maintaining a worthwhile goal can be a challenge.  But, like with most challenges, it can be easier to do as part of a team.  So why not engage your family as your team in becoming healthier this year?  The following healthy habits are guidelines that you can tweak and adapt to your family's particular needs and circumstances.

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