Category Giving Birth

Why Including an Advance Directive in Your Birth Plan is Crucial


April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and after the highly publicized case in Texas involving a pregnant woman placed on life support, it’s important that all women consider including an advance directive in their birth plan.

Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant with her second child when she collapsed with a blood clot in her lung and stopped breathing for an hour. Despite her family’s wishes, and doctors’ determination that she was brain-dead, she was placed on life support for two months...

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Research: Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping Helps Babies


At her nine-month check up, my firstborn’s hemoglobin level was low. What followed was a sleepless, expensive roller coaster ride filled with iron supplements, invasive tests and many tears — both hers and mine. When I was pregnant with my second child, I stumbled upon research that said delayed clamping of the umbilical cord increases iron stores up to six months after birth in full-term infants.

What’s in Cord Blood?

Expectant parents are well aware of the value of cord blood...

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