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 […]
I’m pregnant with my second child, and this time around I’ve got it all figured out. Hahaha, JK!. I have been searching my baby brain for those things I loved with my first pregnancy, and while we seem to have more than everything we need for baby #2, I’m wondering what I should upgrade. When you’re […]
“I just had a baby. Why do I feel so down? Why am I not filled with joy?” Believe it or not, this is not unusual. You are not alone – roughly 50 to 80 percent of women go through what is called “baby blues”. This is an emotional condition causing tearfulness, self-doubt, worry, unhappiness, […]
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 […]
Summertime is full of fun activities for you and your family. Whether you’re spending the last few weeks hanging out at the pool or gearing up for fall sports, you have your hands (and calendar) full. Unfortunately, illnesses, accidents, and injuries have a way of happening when you least expect them. The good news is […]
It’s been about 2 years since I last breastfed my youngest daughter, who is now 4. Our breastfeeding journey was completely different than the one I had with my oldest daughter, who is now 7. With my oldest daughter, we started to breastfeed, then started exclusively pumping, eventually having to supplement with formula, and then […]
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 […]
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.
During the first year of my twins’ lives I learned how to save time, energy, and money with two babies in the house. Through lots of prayers, cups of coffee, and conversations with other mommas, I am on the other side of the newborn/baby phase as my twins are now almost four years old. I […]
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.