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Seven Things You Should Know About Gestational Diabetes

Posted by Shannon Fullerton, MD, OB/GYN on Jul 17, 2017 7:40:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Pregnancy

Five Things You Should Know About Pregnancy at a Later Age

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. 

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Topics: Pregnancy

Five Questions Moms Pregnant with Multiples Should Ask

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:

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Topics: Pregnancy

South Shore Hospital’s Breast Milk Depot Helps NICU Preemies

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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.”

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Topics: Pregnancy, Emergency Care

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