This post is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines Mercy’s Women & Infants’ Center recently implemented the use of nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas) for patients in labor. Despite widespread use in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe, using laughing gas during labor has not been widely available in the United States until […]
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This post is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines
The dreaded ear infections. You look at your toddler and see a runny nose. And then it happens. Just like a miniature Carol Burnett, your precious toddler looks up at you with innocent eyes and tugs on her ear. With four kids who all have extra small ear canals, ear infections have been a pretty […]
When my oldest son was sick I spent 119 consecutive days with him at Blank Children’s Hospital. I quickly learned to aid his incredibly compassionate nurses with his staggering care regimen. In fact, I became so proficient in the jargon and procedures associated with pediatric cancer care that I was mistaken, more than once, for […]
This post is sponsored by Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines We are both pediatricians and mothers with the same parenting struggles and worries that all mothers feel. Our job is to care for babies in the Newborn Nursery at Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines. In the nursery, we understand parents have questions and concerns; especially […]
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 […]
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.