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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

Common Issues Women Experience… Down There

Posted by Nina V. Nardello, DO, OB/GYN on May 3, 2018 3:25:50 PM

For many women, the only thing more uncomfortable than issues below the belt can be talking about them with their doctor. At the Women’s Center of South Shore Medical Center, we see women of all ages and understand that while they may experience the same symptoms, the cause can be different depending on a woman’s age or unique medical history.

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Topics: Women's Health

What You Need to Know about Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illness

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that cases of tick, mosquito and fleas had increased dramatically in the past 14 years, it spread faster than the flu on social media.


“Farewell, carefree days of summer,” the New York Times wrote. 


Well, not quite.


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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Women's Health, Men's Health

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

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

The Great American Vapeout

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 16, 2017 9:59:28 AM

Since 1976, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has declared the third Thursday of November as the Great American Smokeout. Setting aside this day for cigarette smokers to quit or develop a plan to quit tobacco has proven to be a cruicial step towards thousands of healthier lives.

The work done by the American Cancer Society to push a clear, powerful message about the negative effects of cigarette use has led to millions of Americans opting out of smoking. Unfortunately, as cigarette use has steadily declined, it has now given rise to a dangerous trend that millions are now opting in to—vaping.

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

Urinary Incontinence in Women: Don’t Suffer in Silence

Female urinary incontinence (leakage of urine that is difficult to control) is not something that is often talked about, yet many women deal with it every day.  The effects—or fear of the effects—can have a harmful impact on your day-to-day activities. For example, a funny joke could lead to an accident while you are out to dinner with friends. Or you intentionally avoid long car trips because you are afraid that you won’t be close enough to a restroom. Or maybe you are fed up with waking up three times a night to go to the restroom. All of these issues can leave you feeling self-conscious and isolated because you think you are the only woman dealing with this issue. You are not.

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Topics: Women's Health

Three Facts about 3D Mammography

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 17, 2017 4:29:05 PM

Despite all the attention October brings to breast cancer awareness, the disease remains a significant health risk for many women. In fact, one in eight women in the United States will be affected by breast cancer at some point in her lifetime—the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

Emphasis has long been placed on the importance of regular examinations and mammograms to test for signs of breast cancer to find the disease in its earliest stages, increasing the chance of successful treatment and survival.

But did you know that not all mammograms are created equal? As technology continues to evolve, it’s important to keep abreast of the different types of screening tools available so that you can have an informed discussion with your primary care physician or other health care provider.

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Topics: Women's Health, Cancer

Debunking Five Common Myths of Midwifery

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 4, 2017 9:09:08 AM

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.

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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