Choosing a Different Care Experience


Everyone has different health care preferences. Only you can decide who is best for you. We encourage you to learn more about your options and use your new knowledge to make educated, informed decisions to meet your personal needs and goals. Think in advance about the type of experience you imagine for yourself. This will help you decide on the…

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Understanding the Importance of Vaccines


Become a Supermom and Protect Yourself & Your Family It’s easy to get confused by a large amount of conflicting information about vaccines. Learning the facts will help you understand the bottom line— vaccines are safe and vital for good health. If you are pregnant, it is even more important to protect yourself, your baby, and your family. By educating…

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What You Need to Know about Normal, Healthy Childbirth


Normal Healthy Childbirth for Women & Families: What You Need to Know clearly explains and advocates the benefits of normal, physiologic birth for the average health care consumer. This helpful tool was created from a 2012 consensus statement developed by ACNM, the Midwives Alliance of North America, and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives. Released in early 2014, this…

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What is a Midwife?


Most midwives in the United States are health care providers who offer services to women of all ages and stages of life. With their advanced education and their focus on research and partnering with women, they are among the most modern, forward-thinking health providers in the United States today. The midwifery approach to health care has never been more important.…

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What is a urinary tract infection?


What is a urinary tract infection? A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in one of the parts of your body where urine is made, stored, or passed out of your body. UTIs are very common in women. About 1 in 2 women will have a UTI in their life. Where can a UTI occur? The urinary tract includes…

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Whooping Cough Making a Comeback — Vaccination is Key


Another fitful night. A mom is awake, listening to her baby cough and trying to comfort him. She will be too worried to sleep tonight. For the past four days, her baby has had trouble eating, drinking, and sleeping because of this awful cough. Tomorrow, she will miss another day of work to care for him. She wonders wearily when…

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March for Moms: Five Questions for Dr. Neel Shah


There are a lot of marches these days…do we really need a march for moms? The past few months have brought the world a lot of shocking news. One positive consequence of these are uncertain times is that it has stoked a fire of activism in the United States in a way that we have not been seen in decades.…

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Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough


Whooping cough is a serious disease that can cause babies to stop breathing. You can help protect babies from whooping cough by getting your vaccine and making sure your baby gets vaccinated. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that is most serious for babies. People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while…

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Adults Need Vaccines, Too


Your need for immunization doesn’t end when you become an adult. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious diseases. Vaccines are NOT just for kids! Regardless of age, we ALL need immunizations to protect against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases. Protection from vaccines you received as a child can wear off over time, and you may…

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Midwifery Myths Set Straight


The profession of midwifery has evolved with today’s modern health care system. But there are many myths about midwives in the United States based on centuries-old images or simple misunderstandings. You might be surprised to learn the truth about some of these common midwifery myths. True or False? Midwives have no formal education. FALSE. Most midwives in the United States…

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Is a Midwife Right for You?


Your health needs don’t stay the same throughout life, so why should you just “go where you have always gone” for care? Explore the various types of women’s health care providers available to you—whether you need a gynecologic exam, are thinking about family planning/birth control, are considering becoming pregnant, or need help through menopause. Making this decision is personal and…

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Mental Health 101


Keeping your mind healthy takes work throughout all stages and phases of life. Just like keeping your body in shape, good mental and emotional health is part of primary health care and wellness. Your thoughts and feelings can influence your body in many ways. Mental health and physical health are intrinsically linked, and each can have a major effect on…

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Sexuality 101


Sexuality is an intrinsic part of being human that can bring pleasure, intimacy, and stress relief. Culture, religious beliefs, and family traditions all affect who we are sexually. No matter how you define your personal sexuality, it affects your overall health and wellbeing throughout your life, including during and after pregnancy. It’s always important to pay attention to your sexual…

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