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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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Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?

We get a lot of questions from expectant moms about the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it safe to be vaccinated while pregnant? Should I wait until after baby is born? Do I even need to be vaccinated? For answers, we turned to three of our most trusted physician experts: Dr. Robin Cardwell, who practices at...

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Want to be the perfect childbirth partner? Here’s how

Pregnancy can be an exciting time for the whole family! An expectant mom may find herself with offers of support from her spouse, parents, extended family and friends. It’s important that she identify her biggest supporter and make sure they’re on-call and ready when delivery day arrives. Because...

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What to expect when you’re expecting

Your bag is packed, you’ve lined up a pediatrician and finished decorating the nursery. But do you know what to expect when you arrive at the hospital to deliver your baby? At Huntsville for Women & Children and Madison Hospital, our goal is to make the entire childbirth process – from check-in...

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What do Neonatal ICU levels mean?

You may have heard that Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children has a Level III Neonatal ICU and that Madison Hospital has a Level II Special Care Nursery. But what does that mean? Neonatal refers to the first 28 days of life. Some babies require more advanced care during these first days because...

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Know your options for pain management in childbirth

Your pregnancy brings with it many choices. You pick a physician, a hospital, baby names, paint colors and the list of decisions doesn’t stop there. Making an informed choice about pain management during labor and childbirth should be at the top of your decisions list. Some of the pain management...

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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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