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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Preeclampsia is a condition which can develop during pregnancy, usually after 20 weeks gestation. It is characterized by high blood pressure (which can come on gradually or suddenly), excess protein in urine, severe headaches, changes in vision, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, upper abdominal pain (especially on the right side), decreased urine output, shortness of breath, and swelling/edema, particularly in the hands and face (source). It is estimated ...
April 24th thru 29th was Infertility Awareness Week.
According to the CDC, 1 in 8 couples will experience difficulty getting or sustaining a pregnancy. For those with primary infertility, they are unable to get pregnant after trying to conceive for a year and secondary occurs in those who have been able to get pregnant at least once. Both can ...Continue Reading →
April is Cesarean Awareness Month. At Iowa City Birth Services, we celebrate our cesarean families. At our local hospitals, one in three babies is born by cesarean birth. It is likely that you or someone you know has given birth by cesarean. This blog addresses some of the common questions and misconceptions about cesareans and also provides information for anyone preparing for a cesarean. Even if you are planning for a vaginal birth, it is helpful to be ...Continue Reading →
Keeping my germs at my house
I caught the plague and survived.
At least, that is how I am feeling today. Yesterday, I would have put higher odds on me not surviving.
In the past few weeks I had been hearing about cases of a sudden onset stomach virus that was hitting hard at local schools. We upped hand-washing at our house and tried ...Continue Reading →
Combining our former businesses and creating Iowa City Birth Services has been a large part of our lives lately. So many new experiences and thought-processes are occurring almost daily. These “Behind the Business posts” will be a chance for us to share with you all of the exciting developments we have been up to at Iowa City Birth Services.
Creating a Business Name (otherwise known as “Second Guessing Every Word that Comes Out of Your Mouth”)
The ...Continue Reading →
The blank page is staring at me and my deepest desire right now is to fill it with words.
Good words. Words that I can be proud of and that you would like.
If the words could gather themselves into sentences, that would be even better. Sentences that are clear and express ...Continue Reading →