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Types of Midwives and Doctors

100 years ago, one doctor was very much like the next, at least in their base of knowledge. Medicine had not yet branched out into the specialities which are common today. Accordingly, a midwife was almost always a layperson with some experience in assisting women giving birth in the home. Today there seems to be… »

Doctors, Midwives and Doulas

The large majority of the pregnant women reading this will have their babies in hospitals attended by obstetricians. However, for most women there are other options which are equally safe and may address your personal needs and philosophy. Several different types of health care clinicians attend births. However, remember two things when you go looking… »

Mother and Baby Health during Pregnancy

When women are pregnant iron requirements considerably increase. Iron is important to have good hemoglobin level, thanks to which oxygen is delivered to the cells in the whole organism. When you are pregnant, you have more blood and, consequently, need to care about the additional blood. Blood test is taken by your practitioner during pregnancy… »

The Postpartum Visit

The health care for your pregnancy which you began many months ago will end with a last postpartum visit to your doctor or midwife. The purpose of the visit is to assess your physical recovery, your beginning efforts at parenting, and your future contraceptive needs. Usually, your doctor or midwife will see you at a… »

Health Care After Your Pregnancy

You should have the opportunity to stay in close contact with doctor or midwife in the week or two after the birth. Although most of the significant complications of labor and birth occur in the first few hours after birth, some complications may not appear for days or weeks. If you have a problem with… »

Your Body During the Puerperium, the Postpartum Period

The “puerperium” refers to both the period of time and the process that your body goes through after the birth of your baby. Technically, it begins with the delivery of the placenta. With the loss of that organ, so vital to your baby’s intrauterine survival, you lose one of the largest hormone-producing glands your body… »

Intrauterine Growth Retardation

IUGR is a condition in which the fetus does not grow adequately. IUGR may be associated with diabetes, fetal infection, cigarette smoking, hypertension, drug abuse, toxemia, multiple gestation or may be due to reasons unknown. In any case, the fetus is not receiving adequate nutrition or is unable to make use of the nutrition s/he… »

Multiple Gestation

Our society is intrigued with the idea of multiple gestation. Although twins and triplets rarely evoke much excitement in a time when quads, quints and even sextuplets seem commonplace, the world loves the thought of siblings who share the same birthday. Thanks to “advancements” in infertility management, the world gets a periodic glimpse at what… »

Non-infectious Diseases of the Urinary Tract

Non-infective diseases of the urinary tract include pre-existing damage to the kidneys, hereditary disorders, “stones” and anomalies. Fortunately, most of these conditions are rare in young, pregnant women. Pre-existing kidney damage is often the result of past urinary tract or blood system infection. Before antibiotics were available (prior to World War II), “strep” bacteria (similar… »

Infections of the Urinary Tract

Your urinary tract and renal system are delicate structures which are crucial in your body’s ability to dispose of its waste products. Without this system, one dies. With a damaged system, one suffers. Ideally, the product of this system, urine, should be “sterile” (that is, contain no bacteria). Some bacteria are capable of damaging the… »