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.
More than 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. Here in Massachusetts, less than nine percent of babies are born before completing 37 weeks of gestation, according to the March of Dimes.
The prognosis for premature infants continues to brighten as new treatments are developed. But, as with everything related to health, the best treatment is often prevention.
While the use of midwives has grown over the last few years in the United States, there is still a large percentage of the population that don’t understand the nature of a midwife—perhaps due to the myths surrounding who midwives are and exactly what they do.
Nine months can seem like a lifetime, especially when you’re anxiously awaiting the newest member of your family. What should you be doing during this exciting (and sometimes scary) time aside from… waiting? The second half of your pregnancy is an ideal time to start planning for your baby’s arrival, including the childbirth experience itself.
For mothers-to-be, there’s an overwhelming amount of information about the “must-haves” for when the baby arrives. From Pinterest boards to family and friends, it feels like everyone is selling a tool you’ll need for your baby to thrive.
At South Shore Hospital, we deliver nearly 3,500 infants each year and recommend that mothers breastfeed whenever possible. We provide guidance to mothers as they embark upon their breastfeeding journey—including lactation consultations in the hospital after the baby is born and after you bring the baby home at our free breastfeeding support groups.
After helping thousands of women gain confidence in breastfeeding, we’ve learned that these items are truly the must-have registry items for breastfeeding moms.
Being an expectant parent is a monumental experience, one that comes with a plethora of information and advice at your disposal. Like any new life-changing event, many first-time parents will add a host of parenting books to their home or tablet library and even participate in parenting education opportunities to prepare them for what lies ahead. While subjects such as birth outcomes and breastfeeding are common topics of interest, many parents go through pregnancy without ever learning information on the potential medical value of the stem cells in a baby’s umbilical cord blood.
Diabetes is a disease that affects 29 million Americans, and the great majority of people with diabetes suffer from either Type 1 (juvenile) or Type 2 (adult onset), but there is a third type that all woman that are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant need to be aware of: gestational.
Now more than ever, women are choosing to wait until their thirties and forties to start a family, giving them time to focus on their careers and become more stable financially. Although there is a higher possibility of complications when carrying a child at a later age, a recent study from the European Journal of Developmental Psychology uncovered some distinct benefits for children born to older mothers. Researchers reported that older mothers are less likely to yell at their children and impose harsh punishments, and that the children are less likely to have behavioral, social and emotional issues.
As a result of superstar singer Beyoncé and Amal Clooney’s recent announcement that they are both pregnant with twins, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about multiple pregnancies—specifically what makes them different from singleton pregnancies. In my experience, when moms find out that they are expecting multiples, they go through a range of emotions. Surprise is followed closely by joy and then often concern, as they are understandably unsure of what to expect and start to wonder how this pregnancy might be different.
If you are expecting multiples, here are five questions you should consider discussing with your doctor:
Nearly 12 percent of babies born in the United States are born prematurely. In addition to advanced medical interventions and medicines, these tiny babies benefit from the protective properties of breast milk to stave off certain types of infections. However, sometimes moms can’t provide their babies with enough breast milk, which is why breast milk donations are so important.
South Shore Hospital has partnered with Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast to open a human milk depot— a community location where screened donors who have more breast milk than their own babies need can drop off donations for shipment to a milk bank—providing a precious resource for families so premature infants can grow and thrive.
“The decision to become a donation site was an easy one,” said John Fiascone, MD, Medical Director of South Shore Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Breast milk, while important for all babies, is particularly important for those babies who are born prematurely. Some of the benefits include protection against infection, better developmental outcomes, and reduced stress.”