How to Sterilize Baby Bottles and Nipples

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When we have a newborn in the house, we must pay a lot of attention to sterilizing baby bottles and nipples, as our baby is the most vulnerable during the first year of life. If we don’t sterilize the feeding equipment properly, bacteria can build up on the bottles and nipples and cause our baby … Read more

Swaddling 101: How to Swaddle Baby Like a Pro

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Swaddling, a sleep technique that practices wrapping infants tightly in a blanket, is a sleep solution many experienced parents swear by. What came as a sort of a surprise to us is that this technique is not new. Namely, parents have been using it for thousands of years. Apparently, it has always been considered the … Read more

The First 1,000 Days of Baby’s Life: Why Does It Matter

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As parents already know, children are at their most vulnerable in the first two years of their life. The organization 1,000 Days is dedicated to this very issue. Researchers have identified the first 1,000 days of a child’s life – from conception to the child’s second birthday – as the most pressing time for the … Read more

The Importance & Benefits of Flu Vaccine in Pregnancy

Richard H. Beigi, MD Member, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’  (ACOG) Immunization Expert Work Group Associate Professor of Reproductive Sciences, Department of OB/GYN/RS, Magee-Women’s Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes a reminder that flu season is quickly approaching. Did you know that the … Read more

The New Definition of “Full Term”: What Moms Need To Know

Catherine Y. Spong, M.D.  Associate Director for Extramural Research  Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) National Institutes of Health  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services As a mother and OB-GYN, I’m not only privileged to have four children of my own, but I’ve shared in the joy when … Read more

Join Us In Celebrating Parents Of Preemies Day

At the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC), we recognize the courage, commitment, and resilience of those whose lives have been turned upside down by premature birth.  That’s why we’re proud to support Parents of Preemies Day, a day of awareness bringing together families, neonatal ICUs, and prematurity professionals on … Read more

MOMS-TO-BE: What You Should Know About Cervical Length

As an expectant mom, your prenatal care provider may advise you to have an ultrasound scan to measure the length of your cervix. Your cervix is where your uterus, also known as your womb, opens into the vagina. Women with a short cervix in the mid-trimester may be at increased risk for preterm delivery.  Several … Read more

Downton Abbey’s Preeclampsia Drama: Not Just Historical Fiction

Downton Abbey, the popular British historical drama set in the early twentieth century, recently caused quite a stir for fans, and for those of us passionate about preeclampsia and perinatal health. A much-loved character on the PBS show died of postpartum eclampsia, shocking and devastating more than eight million devoted viewers. In her fictional death, … Read more