This post is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center — Des MoinesAs the director of a very busy OB department, I have the privilege of working with some of the finest nurses. OB nurses have chosen this calling as their life long profession. They display compassion every day. Whether they are working antepartum and trying to […]
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Des Moines Moms Blog is thrilled to be releasing the 2017 Pregnancy & Postpartum Guide. This Des Moines Pregnancy and Postpartum guide has ALL the resources needed for a successful pregnancy and postpartum period in the Des Moines area.
The loss of a baby either during pregnancy or after birth is devastating for parents, even if they have time to prepare for it. Mercy Women & Infants’ Center has a dedicated Perinatal Hospice and Infant Bereavement program that is available to provide support to parents going through an infant death. Ann Valdez is Mercy’s […]
Every day as I bend over to give my four-year-old son a good morning kiss, I catch a glimpse of the scars peeking above the collar of his superhero pajama shirt. There are so many, each one as tiny as a grain of rice; still, they encircle the entire perimeter of his neck. Beyond his […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dear Nurse Katie, I owe you a thank you. A big thank you. Actually, two very big thank yous. The first thank you is for my Marcus. He’s six now. Yes, SIX! I remember a lot about the day he was born. It was a Tuesday. The spring sun shined through the window. My husband […]
Des Moines Moms Blog is honored to share this guest post from local mama Megan McAtee. This article was done in partnership with UnityPoint Health Des Moines. Megan’s Story When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, there was a rush of emotions. We were excited, of course, but also nervous. What do we need […]