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What Moms Need to Know Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 16, 2018 11:53:07 AM

Many mothers assume if they’ve had a Cesarean (C-section) delivery for their first or second baby, then a Cesarean is written in stone for their next child. But this isn’t always the case, says South Shore Hospital Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Judy Berk.

In fact, Judy says helping women who have had a C-Section labor and deliver their babies is one of the many highlights of her practice. 

“I have delivered more than 2,000 babies,” she says. “My greatest joy is to enable a woman to have a baby come out of her body from her own power.” 

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

Advice for New Moms from Experienced Parents

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 10, 2018 9:31:00 AM

At South Shore Health System, we welcome thousands of babies each year at South Shore Hospital. Pediatricians at South Shore Medical Center help moms and dads to keep their newborns healthy. In addition to our clinical expertise when it comes to babies, many of our caregivers are also parents themselves.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our colleagues to share the best advice they have for new mothers. Here are some of our favorite responses.

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Topics: Children's Health, Women's Health, Pregnancy

Braintree Mom Welcomes Second Son at South Shore Hospital

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 6, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Jessica Demmerly of Braintree had her first son in a Boston hospital. But when it was time to welcome her second son, her family chose South Shore Hospital. 

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Topics: Pregnancy

The Importance of Folic Acid Before and During Pregnancy

A woman's body goes through so many physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy that some experts compare the strain to that of running a marathon. Just like an athlete fuels his or her body for optimal performance, it's important for a woman who is pregnant (or may become pregnant) to nourish her body with a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients. Folic acid is one of the most important vitamins for a baby's healthy development.

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

What to Do When You Can’t Poop

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 13, 2018 10:25:00 AM

There are few conditions that leave us as uncomfortable as constipation. When your bowels aren’t moving as usual, or if it’s painful when you poop, it can leave you feeling miserable.

We asked several South Shore Health System experts for their advice on constipation. Here’s their advice.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Pregnancy

What is South Shore Hospital's Early Labor Lounge?

Posted by Rachel Ballester, Nurse Midwife on Feb 8, 2018 9:23:36 AM

Early labor can be uncomfortable for moms. Contractions begin and the cervix begins to soften and open as her baby begins to enter the birth canal. For first-time moms, this longest phase of labor can last for days. 

At South Shore Hospital, we have a great resource for moms who are in early labor, but aren't quite ready to deliver: Our Early Labor Lounge.

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Topics: Pregnancy

Reese's NICU Journey

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 1, 2018 9:54:23 AM

Meghan always knew she'd give birth to her daughter, Reese, at South Shore Hospital. It was a decision she was glad she made when Reese had to spend 11 and a half weeks in South Shore Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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Topics: Pregnancy

Mastering the Art of Infant Car Seat Safety

Posted by Julie Collas, RN, Child Passenger Safety Technician on Jan 25, 2018 9:39:57 AM

One of the tasks facing new parents is mastering the art of keeping their baby safe in an automobile. It’s important work: Road injuries are the leading preventable cause of death and injury to children in the United States.

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Topics: Children's Health, Pregnancy

Three Common Questions about Surrogacy

Posted by Rebecca Dunk, RN, Families through Surrogacy Coordinator on Jan 18, 2018 9:09:29 AM

Social media is abuzz with news that Kim Kardashian West and Kayne West welcomed their third child. The method by which the couple chose to have this baby made headlines too. Kardashian carried their first two children, but the couple chose to have their new addition with the help of a surrogate.

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Topics: Pregnancy

South Shore Hospital & FoodSquire Partner to Help Families of Newborns

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 1, 2017 8:28:00 AM

It’s a scene all too familiar for many new mothers: You’ve just brought your baby home from the hospital, you’re exhausted, overwhelmed with responsibility and  oh yeah – what’s for dinner? Don’t worry. South Shore Hospital has got you covered.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health, Pregnancy

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