Doulas provide emotional and physical support for pregnant women, and studies show they make a difference. Women with doulas tend to have shorter labors and a better experience with labor and delivery in general. But not every mother-to-be can afford a doula. Now, Swedish is subsidizing the cost for women who qualify. Hear from one new mom who used the service.
A baby cuddler at Swedish Medical Center talks about the rewards of volunteering with tiny patients, many of whom must remain in the hospital for weeks or months because they were born prematurely. Baby cuddling takes patience and compassion. This cuddler explains the rewards.
Women have long blamed their pregnancy for weight gain that hangs around well after their babies are born, but a new study suggests the demands of motherhood itself – and age – are the real culprits.
Model Chrissy Teigen started a conversation recently when she opened up about her battle with postpartum depression. Depression after having a baby can cause fears and anxieties that make it hard for new moms to bond with their babies. But postpartum depression is very treatable. Here’s when and how to seek help so you can get back to normal and enjoy having a baby.
“How did they let me leave the hospital with this brand-new baby? How will I keep him alive?” This is a common refrain voiced by new parents in the first few days after their baby is born. Unfortunately, many new parents (mothers and fathers) experience intense anxiety that something bad will happen to their baby. There’s help.
Most of the 20 to 30 percent of children and teens who skip breakfast may think it’s no big deal, but the long-term consequences can be serious enough to warrant a big family discussion. Research may help you convince your kids to eat breakfast.
As a woman, I am especially concerned with heart disease. It’s the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., attributed to 1 in 3 deaths each year. What’s even more concerning is the added risk of a specific heart attack unlike anything that’s commonly seen. A heart attack that not only affects healthy older women but women in their 30s as well. These heart attacks are caused by spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD.
Donating breast milk can be an act of kindness for an infant in need, especially preemies and low birth-weight babies whose mothers can’t breastfeed. Breast milk contains substances that boost nutrition and prevent infection, important benefits for babies at risk. Learn more and consider donating extra milk to the Lytle Center at Swedish or Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.
When babies are born, they encounter bacteria for the first time as they pass through the womb and into the world. That might not sound healthy, but it is. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., assistant chief of pediatrics at Swedish, explains why.