What is a Midwife?


Spanish Version  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…

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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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Zika: What We Know


What We Know Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sexwithout a condom with someone infected by Zika, even if that person does not show symptoms of Zika. There…

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Thinking of quitting smoking? Want some help? Join Others July 10 on Facebook!


Join 30 Smokefree Days, a 30-day quit smoking event on Facebook providing a built-in community of people like you who want a healthier life! From July 10 to August 9, you’ll get free access to mobile quit apps, tips, “quitspiration” posts, and video streams from experts to help you overcome challenges and meet your goal of becoming smokefree. RSVP at…

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Staying Healthy on a Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy


Why Choose a Vegetarian Diet? You may choose a vegetarian diet for many reasons. You may not want to harm animals. You may have political reasons for not eating meat. You may feel that not eating meat is healthier. Or you may avoid meat for religious reasons. Is It Possible to Stay Healthy Without Eating Meat? The American Dietetic Association…

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Marijuana, Pregnancy & Breastmilk: Getting Closer to Answers


By Sonia Alvarado, MotherToBaby California Teratogen Information Specialist Spanish Version I wrote a blog about marijuana and pregnancy three years ago and it’s become the most visited blog on the MotherToBaby website. No surprise, considering that marijuana is an even hotter topic today than it was previously! Three years ago, two states had laws allowing recreational use. Now, 29 states allow medicinal…

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What is a Urinary Tract Infection?


Spanish Version 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…

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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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