As I write this post I am almost nine months pregnant with my fourth child. You can tell by looking at me. People tell me I’ve popped. People tell me I’m glowing. People don’t tell me so, thankfully, but my feet are the size of a Flintstone character’s. While my outward appearance shows that I […]
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Pregnancy is 40-week long roller coaster ride of emotions and symptoms. Here are our best tips and tricks for surviving the first trimester, adjusting to your changing body, and getting ready for baby.
Choosing a pediatrician or family doctor is a big decision. We’ve compiled a list of Des Moines pediatricians and primary care physicians to help you.
most Ah, babymoon – the last hurrah for you and your significant other before you’re tied down to that adorable new bundle of joy. I’m not sure the term “babymoon” has been around too terribly long, but I certainly appreciate the notion. My husband and I went on nice, relaxing babymoons each time I was […]
Changing practices: should you delay your baby’s first bath? For a long time, there was nothing new in the field of newborn baby care. We followed the policies that were tried and true, built over many decades of newborns. For the most part, these traditions led to a scientific and sterile birth experience. Some of […]
Have you ever wondered how a midwife is different from an obstetrician? As midwives become more common, we wanted to share what expecting mothers should know when selecting their provider. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) are registered nurses who graduated from a nurse-midwifery education program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), and passed a […]
Last month I shared about being a birth doula. This month I’m sharing what it’s like to be a postpartum doula. While both birth and postpartum doula work focusing on serving the mother, the details of the job can be quite different. According to Cappa.net: The Postpartum Doula works with families in the postpartum period; […]
Pregnancy and birthing classes: What you and your partner can learn Having a baby and not sure where to start? Consider Mercy’s educational classes! All of the classes are personalized, interactive, and taught by certified childbirth educators. Their comprehensive curriculum is designed so you can participate in an array of classes – free of charge – from the […]
In terms of fertility, I have been all over the place. From an unexpected pregnancy only a few months after my wedding to a disappointing miscarriage after our firstborn, followed by years of trying in vain for another child, it’s been a wild ride. Thanks to the fabulous physicians at Mid Iowa Fertility, I […]
Why is an OB Emergency department important in choosing a hospital? Many expecting moms want to know if the hospital they choose for delivery has access to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but they should also be asking who provides around-the-clock emergency care if a pregnancy emergency arises. This past fall, Mercy Medical Center […]