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Have You Heard about Baby-Friendly Hospitals? Why? Because Breastfeeding Matters!

05/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMaternityWomen's Health

Decades of research has shown breastfeeding has multiple health benefits for both infants and mothers. Growing evidence has shown exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the likelihood of many health risks including ear and respiratory infections, obesity, diarrhea and diabetes. For mothers, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months. In the U.S., nearly all infants…

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First-time mom survives pregnancy-related heart failure

05/07/2014 | InnovationsTechnologiesCardiovascularMaternityWomen's HealthPatient Stories

Michelle Fauber with her 1-year-old daughter, Andrea

As she brought new life into the world, an Indiana woman fought for her own survival Michelle Fauber was on a ventilator the first time she held her newborn daughter—a powerful image that exemplifies the fragility of life. Just a few days before that tender moment, Michelle and her husband noticed signs that something was wrong. In January 2013, Michelle was preparing to give birth to the couple’s first child. The Faubers, married since 2008, spent the past few years trying to have children.…

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Preparing to Have a Baby

06/19/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansMaternity

Making the decision to have a baby is one of life’s biggest milestones. As anticipation grows, there are steps prospective parents can take to improve the chance of a healthy pregnancy. Couples should schedule a pre-conception appointment with a trusted doctor at least three months before attempting to become pregnant. Issues covered during this appointment may include: The couple’s medical history – Any health conditions, chronic conditions, medications and supplements, and family…

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Bringing Home Baby

12/07/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

Welcome to the World Little One! You’ve finally reached the magic milestone--baby’s due date. But just because your due date arrives does not necessarily mean your baby will. Don’t worry, most babies do not arrive right on schedule--your new addition will make an appearance when he or she is ready. When the long awaited day finally does arrive, relax and enjoy this momentous occasion. And don’t forget to take plenty of photographs! From that first breath, to first smiles,…

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Your Third Trimester:  The Homestretch

11/04/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

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Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of pregnancy, it’s practically over and it’s time to start planning for life with your new baby. The third trimester is the homestretch of your pregnancy experience and you may be feeling both nervous and a little anxious to move things along. Now is the perfect time to put the finishing touches on your preparations to welcome your newborn baby to the world. The Waiting Game Nine months may seem like forever, especially toward the end when…

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What to Expect During Your Second Trimester

10/02/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

The second trimester is known as the ‘Feel Good Trimester’ and marks the time between your 13th and 27th weeks of pregnancy. By now your morning sickness may be gone and your increased belly size makes it easier for others to tell you are pregnant. The pregnancy will also feel more real, now that your body is changing and you can feel your baby start to move. What’s Happening With Mom Although many women feel their best during this trimester, you may experience some aches and pains,…

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What to Expect During Your First Trimester

09/05/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

Congratulations—it’s official, you’re going to have a baby! Whether you planned your pregnancy or it was the surprise of your life, one thing is certain: your first trimester is full of excitement! And even though you don’t necessarily look pregnant yet, you may certainly feel the many changes taking place as you begin this amazing journey. A few things you might be experiencing during your first trimester of pregnancy: Exhaustion Your body is working hard right now. Adapting…

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Planning for Your Pregnancy

08/07/2012 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

Ready, Set, Baby! So you want to get pregnant, but is it really as easy as deciding you’re ready? Not so fast! Even if you conceive easily, you’ll want to do some preconception planning: First, visit your health care provider for a full checkup and take care of any underlying issues.   Make any necessary lifestyle changes that might be an issue during pregnancy. For example, stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, and limit stress.   Start taking a daily vitamin that includes folic…

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Childbirth Education Staff Highlight: Sue Galyen RN, MS, LCCE

06/29/2011 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansMaternity

IU Health’s Childbirth Educators are highly skilled and offer superior care and services before, during and after a childbirth. Sue Galyen, RN, MS, LCCE is one of those individuals. Sue has spent 27 of her 40 years as a nurse at IU Health. After graduating from Murray State University and receiving her Masters from the IU School of Nursing, Sue cared for expecting families and their babies in a variety of way until becoming a childbirth educator in 1984. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of…

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Breech Babies and External Cephalic Version (ECV)

06/26/2011 | Maternity

For a mother going into childbirth, one of the scariest things to hear is that the child is in a breech position. When a child is in breech position, it means that the head of the child is not down by the uterus like most babies, rather its feet or bottom are by the uterus. It’s not uncommon for babies to be in a breech position early on during pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the baby should naturally shift his/her way into the normal birthing position. However, what happens when the…

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