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Beating Your Biological Clock

Posted 11/22/2017 by UHBlog

Pregnant woman with partner at waterfront

Women over 35 may have a harder time conceiving and more risks during pregnancy, but there are some safe methods for beating the biological clock.

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Trying for Another Baby

Posted 8/10/2017 by UHBlog

Trying for Another Baby?

Fertility problems after your first pregnancy are more common than you think.

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Getting Pregnant With Congenital Heart Disease

Posted 5/22/2017 by UHBlog

Getting Pregnant With Congenital Heart Disease

Is pregnancy safe for women with congenital heart disease? Read about a new AHA report offering guidance.

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Depression Screening Recommended for Pregnant Women, New Mothers

Posted 3/21/2016 by UHBlog

If pregnancy and new motherhood isn’t the joyous time you expected, you’re not alone. Talk to us. Pregnant women and new moms are used to and expect to go through physical check-ups during and after their pregnancies. Now, they can expect screenings and questions about their emotional well-being, too. A federal panel is recommending that everyone over the age of 18 be screened for depression, with particular emphasis on pregnant and postpartum women. This is welcome news to psycholo...

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When diabetes develops during pregnancy

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Some women develop diabetes after they become pregnant. This condition is known as gestational diabetes. The good news is that it’s treatable. Both mother and baby can be healthy, often with lifestyle changes alone. What is gestational diabetes? Hormones that help your baby develop during pregnancy may prevent insulin from working normally in your body. Insulin helps move sugar, or glucose, from your blood into your cells. If you become resistant to insulin, your blood glucose level rises...

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A sweet society: Sugar Mamas helps women with diabetes achieve healthy pregnancies

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

For pregnant women who have diabetes, managing the disease during pregnancy can be complicated. Pregnancy changes the way diabetes is controlled, and it can have a significant effect on the health of both mom and baby – women with diabetes are at the highest risk for premature births. To give these women the support they need for a successful pregnancy, birth, and healthy newborn, the Center for Diabetes in Pregnancy at University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital created the Suga...

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Becoming a Parent after Cancer Treatment

Posted 12/3/2015 by UHBlog

More than ever, people with cancer need to think about life after treatment and having children. Over the last 20 years, the way cancer is found and treated has improved. People are being diagnosed younger and living longer. Certain types of surgery, chemo and radiation can make it hard or impossible to have a child later on. Studies suggest that about 75 percent of younger people with cancer would like to have children after treatment ends [1]. Yet, only about 30 percent talk to their cancer ...

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6 questions about having baby number 2

Posted 7/1/2015 by UHBlog

Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine If you have had a baby, you most likely have the maternity clothes, birth stories and even the stretch marks to prove it. As an experienced mother, you understand pregnancy and delivery. But are you prepared for infant number two? Marjorie L. Greenfield, MD, Chief of General Obstetrics & Gynecology at University Hospi...

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Keep Calm and Conceive

Posted 4/14/2015 by UHBlog

Need help understanding the causes of and treatments for infertility? Let's talk. If you are struggling to get pregnant, it is hard to be calm when you feel helpless and emotions swirl inside you. For many couples, knowledge gives them an edge in a situation where they feel powerless. "I think one of the first steps to help people feel calmer about their situation is to start to get information," says infertility specialist Brooke Rossi, MD. "The more information you have, the better you feel."...

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Am I Ready to Have a Baby?

Posted 4/2/2015 by UHBlog

Before you get pregnant, schedule a preconception visit with your doctor. Sometimes you know from an early age that you’ve always wanted a baby. Or maybe you thought you didn’t until all of your friends started having kids. How do you know if you’re ready for motherhood? “It’s a personal decision and there are a lot of things that play into it,” says obstetrician/gynecologist Marjorie Greenfield, MD and author of The Working Woman’s Pregnancy Book. Amon...

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The Risks and Benefits of Delayed Motherhood

Posted 9/16/2014 by UHBlog

The latest trends in mommyhood include swanky strollers, brainy parenting blogs and DIY baby food – and waiting to conceive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent Pew study, more women are waiting until they are 35 years or older to have their first child. “People are getting married later in life, and more women are waiting to establish their careers first,” says maternal and fetal medicine specialist Stacey Ehrenberg, MD. “A lot of wo...

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Is a Midwife Right for You and Your Baby?

Posted 4/29/2014 by UHBlog

The word “midwife” means “with women” – a concept that can be very comforting to a couple that wants an intimate and supportive pregnancy and birth experience. “Midwives have been around since biblical times,” says certified nurse-midwife Katherine Austinson, MSN, CNM. “The philosophy is that birth is a normal process and should be treated as such.” “Nurse-midwives offer complete care for low-risk mothers,” says Austinson. Thi...

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Why Women – and Men – Should Attend a Pre-Conception Appointment

Posted 3/10/2014 by UHBlog

A pregnancy planning appointment isn’t necessarily a part of everyone’s family planning, but obstetrician and gynecologist Marjorie Greenfield, MD, thinks it should be. “In the best of all possible worlds, everyone would make a pre-conception appointment with a doctor or midwife,” says Dr. Greenfield. Here’s why women and men should schedule one together. Genetic Testing Sharing both partners’ health histories with a doctor allows her or him to see if there ...

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