Let’s get serious for a minute

Let’s talk about a serious but not uncommon health issue affecting many pregnant mothers: substance abuse. First, remember that you are not alone. Substance abuse can be the abuse or misuse of legal and illegal substances, but many of these substances can cause health concerns for mom and baby because...

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For baby’s health, just say cheese

Let’s talk about baby’s skin and that cheesy white substance they are born with.  What is it, and how does it benefit your baby? The scientific name of that cheesy white substance is vernix caseosa – vernix, for short. Vernix is a coating on baby’s skin made up of fatty secretions and dead skin cells,...

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Sorting out breastfeeding facts from fiction

When it comes to women’s health, there’s so much information online that it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. We asked two of our breastfeeding experts – International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Erica Elkins and Jessie Jankens – to address some common myths about breastfeeding. Myth:...

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Your baby has arrived. Now what?

Once baby arrives you will transition into the fourth trimester, also known as postpartum. You can expect to undergo physical as well as emotional changes over the next few weeks as you return to your normal, pre-pregnancy state. During this time, it is important to keep a watchful eye on vaginal...

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Why breastfeed? Let’s talk about the benefits

What do I need to know to be successful at breastfeeding my baby? Many new mothers ask themselves this question at some point during their pregnancy and journey into parenthood. The benefits of breast milk to nourish and protect your baby’s immature immune system are well established, but did...

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What to do if you experience postpartum hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a serious but rare condition when a woman has heavy bleeding after giving birth. You’re more likely to have PPH if you’ve had it in the past or if you have certain medical conditions – especially conditions that affect the uterus (womb) or the placenta or conditions...

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What does a doula do, and are they for you?

At Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and Madison Hospital, laboring moms are welcome to have a doula with them to provide comfort, support, information and encouragement. We spoke to three North Alabama doulas to give you a better understanding of the role of a doula during childbirth. Tracy...

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Making the most of the Golden Hour

Your baby has arrived. Now what?! Let’s walk through the first few hours and days of your baby’s life at Madison Hospital or Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. The first hour of life following delivery is known as “the Golden Hour.” Your baby is going through changes to prepare for life...

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This information highlights the services of the HH Health System as well as current health topics important to families. The information is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Every person is different, so please contact a physician to help you make the appropriate health care decision. HH Health System has made an effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of publication.

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