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Nurses’ Week, the L&D Version

Let's see........I found out Miss AMA (against medical advice) came in the next day and delivered her baby. I'm so glad to not have to worry about being her nurse should she come in, because now that point is moot.Nurses' Week - we're not officially celebrating it at work until next week. Go figure. I […]

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A Quick-ish One

So, I had my latest non-stress test and OB appointment today. I got the thrill of a manual cervix check today due to the fact that I reported a change in my cervical mucus. I am still as I have been since 20-ish weeks dilated about a fingertip, but everything is still high and tight […]

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Snippets

Can you believe Keifer took this gorgeous picture of Kyla? Yes, we all know Keifer adores taking pictures, and I loved this on when I found it upon uploading. And, yes, Kyla adores EATING these days- anything and everything she can stuff into her mouth and her pincer finger skill is amazing! And yes, that […]

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Jam jars on the windowsill

Oh, my heart. My mom and dad still live in the same house they bought when they were first married a little bungalow in a now all grown up neighbourhood just west of Toronto. I pass by my old elementary school every time I visit, as well as all the other haunts that make up […]

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7 Tips to Get Ready for Breastfeeding

The world tells us breast is best, but when you're pregnant for the first time, planning to breastfeed can be intimidating.All the conflicting advice doesn't help -- toughen up your nipples! No, don't touch them!You're going to be leaking milk like crazy! No, that milk won't come in for days after baby's born!The Stir got […]

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Alcohol in pregnancy may boost child’s leukemia risk

Women who drink alcohol while pregnant raise the risk that their child will develop a rare type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, a new study suggests.In a pooled analysis of data from published studies, researchers found that drinking alcohol during pregnancy was associated with a 56 percent increased risk of AML […]

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Both parents’ race may affect gestational diabetes risk

Researchers found that among nearly 140,000 women in one large California health plan, Asian women had the highest rate of gestational diabetes, at nearly 7 percent. They were followed by Native American women, at 5.6 percent, and Latina women, at 5 percent.Rates of gestational diabetes among white and black women, meanwhile, stood between 3 and […]

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Heavier Birth Weight Tied to Later Conduct Troubles

Among twins whose weight differs markedly at birth, the heavier child is more likely to have conduct problems at ages 3 and 4, a new study finds."The findings suggest an effect of birth weight differences on development of subsequent conduct problems," researchers led by Dr. David Mankuta of Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital in Jerusalem, said […]

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Happy Nurses Day!

Happy Nurses Day to all of my fellow nurses and nurses-to-be!How will you show the nurse(s) in your life how much you appreciate them?I plan on working this evening with some of the most awesome nurses I know. We are amazing team players, always helping each other out, even when our own patient load might […]

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How to Help – Tennessee Flooding

A few of you may have noticed by now that Nashville (and other parts of Tennessee) had a major flood disaster over the last weekend. First, I want to point folks to Nashvillest’s great post on how to help, in time, in money, and in other ways. I’m hoping to sign up through Hands on […]

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Tennessee’s Governor Elects Not To Veto Abortion Coverage Ban

As the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports today, Governor Phil Bredesen decided not to veto a Tennessee bill that “bar(s) coverage of abortion in any health plan offered through a state-run health insurance exchange to be created under health reform.” In a letter issued yesterday, the Governor wrote:“While I am concerned about potential unintended consequences […]

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Vitamin D Seen To Reduce Pregnancy Complications

According to a recent study, fewer pregnancy complications such as early labor, gestational diabetes, preterm birth and infection were seen among those women who took high doses of Vitamin D during pregnancy.Researchers are now suggesting, based on these findings, that 4,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D every day, which is 10 times the amount […]

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Pregnancy Heartburn – All Natural Ways To Deal With It

As your pregnancy progresses, all manners of aches, pains and discomforts will manifest themselves; among them could be pregnancy heartburn.During pregnancy, most women are chary of using any medication in the apprehension of the sort of impact that it could have on the unborn child.As many as half of all pregnant women, may experience some […]

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Embryo mix-up baby ‘loved by two families’

Someday, the little boy known as baby Logan will come to know about the extraordinary circumstances of his birth.For the moment, the perfect little infant, dressed in plaid pants, a white polo shirt and sweater vest, remains blissfully ignorant of the international news he created, not to mention the emotional turmoil that accompanied his arrival […]

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Pregnancy Increases The Risk For Everything

Just about everything, according to some experts! It is this reason that experts urge pregnant women to be more careful about infections such as Swine Flu and others at this time.During pregnancy, the energies and resources of the mother’s body are concentrated on offering sustenance to the little life being nurtured within. At this time, […]

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Recalls of children’s medicines spark worries

Parents may be worried by this weekend's recall of dozens of versions of Children's Tylenol and several other infants' and children's medications made by Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare division.Parents voiced fears to pediatricians and pharmacists, and asked questions about the affected products - two dozen formulations of Tylenol, known generically as acetaminophen, along […]

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Birth Defect Risk from Insect Bites Received by Mother During Pregnancy

A North Carolina State University researcher has discovered that bacteria transmitted by fleas-and potentially ticks-can be passed to human babies by the mother, causing chronic infections and raising the possibility of bacterially induced birth defects.Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt, professor of internal medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences, is among the world's leading experts on Bartonella, […]

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Antidepressant tied to risk of newborn heart defect

Women who use the antidepressant bupropion during early pregnancy may have an increased risk of having a baby with a particular type of heart defect, a new study suggests.Researchers caution that it is not clear whether the medication, marketed as Wellbutrin, is the cause. And even if it is, they say, the absolute risk of […]

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Molar Pregnancy: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

In more than 25% of early pregnancies, there will be some vaginal bleeding. About one half of these end up in miscarriage. In the remaining half, the bleeding subsides and the pregnancy continues to evolve, such that most will culminate in a healthy live birth. In less than 2% of cases of such bleeding, the […]

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The Rh Factor Blood Test During Pregnancy

If a woman who is pregnant has a rhesus negative blood type, then there could be complications in the pregnancy that one needs to be aware of. The Rh test of negativity may be performed at the time of the first prenatal visit, and in some cases the father may also have to undergo such […]

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Pregnancy Tips For The Single Mother

There are several reasons why a woman may find herself pregnant and single: she may choose to be single and have a baby on her own; feeling the march of time and her biological clock ticking. On the other hand the pregnancy could be an accident which she decides is right for her nevertheless.Or, it […]

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High-dose vitamin D safe during pregnancy

Taking high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy is safe and appears to reduce the risk of preterm birth and infections, say the authors of a study that compared different amounts of supplementation in expectant mothers.But their recommendation that pregnant women should take 4,000 international units of vitamin D daily -- at least 10 times […]

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Put a mask on!

Infections at Ohio hospital prompt national reminder This is an article about the two women who received epidurals during labor and both contracted bacterial meningitis from the bacteria Streptococcus salivarius - a bacteria that was colonized and transmitted from the unmasked anesthesiologist who administered the epidural placement to each woman.Here is another article - different […]

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Post with cursing up ahead…….you’ve been warned!

Yeah, so, now that you've been forewarned.....Had a lovely specimen on L&D recently. Oh, actually, several times on L&D. She likes to sign herself out AMA (against medical advice), after coming to us, repeatedly, with her sundry of complaints. Some/most are true complaints that need addressed medically. However, once she arrives, she promptly wants food. […]

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Sunday News Round-Up, Early Morning Tornado Siren Edition

Yikes – here in Nashville we’ve had some intense weather this weekend. I mean, it’s not every day that a portable classroom floats down the interstate. First, check out all of the great posts that were part of Blogging Against Disablism Day. Or maybe do that last, because you will be there for a while. […]

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