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...
The number one question on most expecting parents’ minds these days is: “Is it safe to deliver my baby in a hospital?” Kathy Goetz, Market Vice President of Women’s Services and Children’s Hospital at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center says,...
When I was pregnant with my first baby, I truly didn't care whether I was having a boy or girl. I knew I wanted one boy and one girl, and I wouldn't have any disappointment with either gender with...
The beautiful sound of the first cry of your baby is what moms imagine and dream of. Most moms don't imagine a NICU stay for their baby. Having your baby whisked away to be cared for by the medical...
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Where Do I Fit In?

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When I fill out my paperwork at the OB, I put down 4 pregnancies and 3 live births.  When we were trying to conceive our first child, we got negative pregnancy tests for 9 months before we got a positive....

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Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can...