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?


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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Induction of Labor


What is induction of labor? When your baby is ready to be born, your labor starts. Your health care provider may recommend starting your labor with medicines and other treatments instead of waiting for your body to start labor on its own. When this is done, it is called induction of labor. Inducing your labor is usually recommended if: You…

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Resilience: Bouncing Back from Hard Times


What is resilience? Resilience is your ability to recover quickly from problems and cope with life. You can learn resilience and how to get better at it. Developing resilience requires some work, but the rewards are great. How do I know if I’m resilient? Everyone has tough times. Ask yourself, “Do I bounce back from them?” or “Do I get stuck…

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Intimate Partner Violence


Spanish Version Intimate partner violence (sometimes called domestic violence) happens a lot. It can happen to anyone— women, children, or men. Women are the most common victims. One of every three women will be abused at some point in her life. The abuser may be a man or a woman, but men are usually the abusers. This handout can help…

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Cervical Cancer Screening


What is cervical cancer? The cervix is the opening from the vagina into the uterus (womb). Cervical cancer happens when cancer cells develop in the cervix. Most cervical cancer can be prevented if the cells in the cervix are checked on a regular basis to see if they are starting to change. What causes cervical cancer? A virus called the…

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What is Bacterial Vaginosis?


Spanish Version   Many types of good bacteria live in the vagina and keep the vagina healthy. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) occurs when there are not enough good bacteria and too many harmful bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age. Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infection. How do I…

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What Is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding?


Abnormal uterine (womb) bleeding is a common problem in women. Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur as either a change in your normal menstrual period or as bleeding in between your normal menses. How Do I Know if I Have Abnormal Uterine Bleeding? You might have abnormal uterine bleeding if you have one of the following symptoms. If you have any…

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Why Is Vitamin D Important?


Vitamin D helps maintain bone health. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with infections, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, many types of cancer, heart disease, depression, and some pregnancy problems such as preeclampsia and preterm labor. How do I know if I am getting enough vitamin D? You can ask your health care provider to check your serum D level or…

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Vaccines for Adults


Spanish Version Vaccines aren’t just for babies and young children. Adults also need to get vaccines. What are vaccines? Vaccines (sometimes called vaccinations or immunizations) are given to people to prevent disease. Vaccines are a mixture of cells and chemicals. Most vaccines are given by injections (shots), but a few can be taken by nose, as a nasal spray. If…

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What Is Urinary Incontinence?


What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is leaking urine when you are not trying to urinate (pee). You may lose a few drops of urine or all the urine in your bladder. The loss of urine may be enough that you have to wear a panty liner or pad to keep from soaking your underwear or clothes. When urine is…

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Taking Care of Your Health


In all the bustle of taking care of everything—and everybody else, women sometimes forget to take care of themselves. This handout lists the schedule for recommended health checks, tests, and vaccinations for women who are at average risk for most diseases. These charts are guidelines only. Your health care provider may suggest more frequent testing if you have a family…

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