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What to do about pelvic floor problems – decision making is a team event

May 15, 2018
For many women, some topics - often involving two major medical issues - can be hard to talk about, mostly because of embarrassment or social taboos.

How are you? Each of us is probably asked that question several times each day. We often go for the quick answer: Fine, great, getting along. For many women, some things can be much harder to say out loud, mostly because of embarrassment or social taboos.

Ovarian cysts: When should you worry?

April 05, 2018
woman holding stomach_200x118 It can be frightening to hear the phrase “ovarian cyst,” but start with this knowledge: ovarian cysts are a naturally recurring part of the ovulation cycle and most of the time, they resolve themselves without intervention.

If you could become pregnant, take prenatal vitamins

March 13, 2018
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For women of childbearing age, it’s a good idea to take what are known as “prenatal vitamins” -- vitamins containing folic acid, iron and often, some other compounds, such as calcium, Vitamin D and omega-3 acids.

What we can learn from Serena Williams' complicated birth

January 25, 2018

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Serena Williams’ childbirth experience highlights complications in care and disparities in maternal mortality that must be addressed.

Tackle flu season and other parenting predicaments with Circle by Swedish

October 31, 2017

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Flu season is just one of the many things on a parent’s worry list. Did the kids get their flu shots? Do they need any other vaccines? Are they growing at a healthy rate? And will they ever outgrow their picky eating? There’s an app to relieve some of those worries: Circle by Swedish.

Born at Swedish 92 years ago, and a receipt to prove it

September 11, 2017
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Louis Larsen still has the bill for his birth at Swedish, and he’s been getting his care there ever since. Take a look at the typewritten document and read his story.

The importance of breastfeeding and alternatives if you can't

August 02, 2017

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Maybe you’ve heard the rumors that breastfeeding isn’t necessary for your baby. Or perhaps you’ve heard that a bottle is the best way to get milk into your young one’s diet. Allow us to put these rumors to bed. Your baby absolutely needs your breast milk. Why? Breast milk provides babies with the right nutrition they need to develop. 

Can I trust a pediatrician who doesn't have kids of their own?

July 07, 2017

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“Doctor, do you have kids?” Early on in my career, I took offense to this perceived jab at my abilities and professionalism. It was as if not having children of my own was a “ding” against me. But I get it. I too would raise my eyebrow if I was assigned an overweight dietician or a thrice divorced marriage counselor. I mean, how much could I possibly trust someone who doesn’t have personal experience?


Parents are co-sleeping with their children more than they admit

June 07, 2017
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Many parents co-sleep with their children. They just aren’t admitting it.

Worried about bonding with baby? ‘Love hormone’ will help

June 06, 2017

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Are you an excited mother-to-be, suddenly feeling anxious as your due date draws near, asking yourself whether you will actually be a good mother? You will have help bringing your child into the world and becoming the mom you want to be. From your hormones.