Down syndrome is a genetic condition where a child is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. Although genetic testing is available to provide detection during birth, for many moms, like Dr. Nicole Stoecken from MercyOne Grimes...
Nearly 25 percent of all women suffer from at least one type of pelvic health disorder including urinary or fecal incontinence during their lifetime. The MercyOne Comfort Health Center for Women specializes in care specifically for women. They offer...
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression are common.  UnityPoint Health helps us to recognize them and when to get help. What You Won’t Expect When You’re Expecting I became a mom for the first time almost 13 years ago....
There’s a lot to think about when it comes to having a new baby. Lots of expectant parents spend so much of their time and energy preparing for labor and birth and getting the nursery ready that they forget...
Loss of any kind is hard to go through. Pregnancy loss is extremely painful and personal. Going through a pregnancy loss due to a molar pregnancy is heartbreaking and downright scary. When my son was two, I felt ready to...
Midwives have been around as long as women have been giving birth. Historically, midwives were in the community to support women to deliver their babies. Their experience and knowledge came from the wisdom that was passed down from midwife...
I am a first-time mama and I have triplets—two girls and one boy. Raising my triplets during a pandemic, racial unrest, and the 2020 Presidential election has been challenging!  I gave birth via cesarean on January 13, 2020. My babies...
Babes + Babies :: An Event for New and Expecting Moms Disclosure :: Our Babes + Babies Event for New and Expecting Moms is sponsored by Blank Children’s Hospital, and supported by MercyOne, Broadlawns, and Primrose Schools. We can’t make...
Moms hear about all the things we should and should not eat while pregnant, but are rarely reminded of the possible dietary restrictions while breastfeeding. While nursing both of my boys I was challenged with adjusting my diet to...
After years of infertility, welcoming our first son through adoption, and our second by IVF, the last thing I expected last December was a positive pregnancy test. After zero medical interventions. We were shocked and thrilled to be pregnant...

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