Americans are not sleeping well. First of all, we aren’t getting enough zzz’s in general. The average American sleeps a mere 6.8 hours a night, which is less than the doctor-recommended seven to nine we are should get. Furthermore, the sleep we are getting isn’t high quality. The artificial light we surround ourselves with in the home makes it so our brains don’t completely turn off. We are also over-caffeinated and overworked, both of which disrupt our brain chemistry and make it more difficult to get quality rest.Read More
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For some of us, hemorrhoids may have never been on our minds during birth, while others may have heard stories and feared the worse. Let’s talk about those bumps. How and why do they happen? What are our options for healing?Read More
One day you may wake up and feel a sudden burst of energy to clean and prep for you baby’s arrival. It’s nature’s way of giving you a boost to ensure your baby has a great home space when they arrive. The great thing about nesting is that once you do it, you can be completely ready and organized for baby so that you can focus on bonding once they arrive.Read More
It may come as a shock to hear, but Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world and Houston has the highest maternal mortality rate in Texas. There are many factors into why our rate is so high in America. For one, we do not have universal health care, so for low income moms who are on Medicaid during their pregnancy, their insurance usually drops one month after birth in 37 states including Texas. We also do not have national maternal leave. Mothers are at the whim of their employers and their policies. We have to take into account that the maternal death rate is during pregnancy and 42 days after birth. This is a critical time for moms who are in their most vulnerable state.Read More
Once you saw that positive pregnancy test, questions began to flow. One of the first questions should be where am I going to birth? For some women, providers are considered long before conception, but for most choosing a provider comes second to picking the bassinet or color of the nursery. Your choice of birth provider will determine the level of involvement you have in making decisions, amount of care you receive, options, and interventions you experience during birth. In today’s healthcare system, we put our well-being and health of our child in the hands of individuals we barely know.