Written by Dr. Emily Cunningham, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UK Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynecology. No one really knows what causes morning sickness, but chances are you’ll experience it at some point during your pregnancy. Tell-tale signs include nausea and vomiting that are often more severe in the morning but can […]
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January is Birth Defect Prevention and Awareness Month and a perfect time to learn more about what you can do to avoid birth defects. Many birth defects occur during the early weeks of pregnancy, some of which can have lifelong effects and are a major cause of infant mortality. Testing for birth defects Usually between […]
Two recent studies are highlighting more long-term benefits of breastfeeding for moms. One study found that breastfeeding helps give Mom protection against a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. This study found that breastfeeding decreased the risk of hormone receptor negative tumors by up to 20 percent. These tumors are especially hard to treat, and […]
November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Prematurity and its complications are the leading cause of death in children younger than 5 in the world today. Infants born before 37 weeks gestation have more complications than full-term babies, including problems with feeding and digestion, vision and hearing, and breathing. Each November, the March of Dimes publishes a […]
I helped a new mom perform skin to skin in the operating room recently. What an experience! Mom had to have a scheduled cesarean section, and she asked if I could be there to help. It was an honor to be part of watching a new life emerge and seeing him gaze into his mother’s […]
As you near the end of your pregnancy, you may begin to experience occasional contractions. Your uterus practices contractions before you actually begin labor, sometimes for four to six weeks before your due date. These practice contractions feel more like the baby is “balling up”. They generally don’t last long (30-60 seconds), and don’t increase […]
The announcement came late last week. After over two years of planning, policy changes, repeated audits, and a two day site visit by Baby-Friendly surveyors in January, we are finally a certified Baby-Friendly USA site! We are one of two in Kentucky (St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Edgewood, Ky., is the only other site in […]
Choosing a sleeping arrangement for your baby is an important part of getting your home ready for a new member of the family. Check out our tips for making sure your baby is sleeping safely. First bedroom Keeping your baby in the room with you for those first few months makes breastfeeding easier. You should […]
As we strive to become a certified Baby Friendly® Hospital, we want you and your baby to get off to the right start. We don’t recommend giving babies pacifiers or artificial nipples in the first month after they are born, in order to prevent confusion that may interfere with breastfeeding. Babies suck differently on pacifiers […]
An important part of successful breastfeeding is getting the proper latch. Here’s how: While holding your baby belly to belly, line him up nose to nipple and wait for him to open his mouth wide before attaching him. The latch should be deep enough that your nipple reaches to his soft palette. This will keep […]