Although there have been cases of Zika reported in the United States, these cases were acquired abroad. Transmission of Zika in the United States is likely to occur, however, there is no clear estimate of the amount of cases expected.
Among the countless number of things a woman must consider before, during and after her pregnancy, vaccination is currently one the most controversial. Unfortunately, because of the efforts of the anti-vaccination movement, vaccination has become a dirty word and even dirtier when contemplated during pregnancy.
As wonderful as this sounds, many times CNMs, doulas, and MD’s feel as though they are on different teams. Why is that? Aren’t we all just looking out for both mom and baby? Of course! We all want what is best for both parties, however our good intentions are oftentimes misguided.
This is a poem I wrote last year about my birth experience. It is modeled after the famous and old poem, ‘The Night Before Christmas’ by Clement Clark Moore. My due date was December 25, 2014, but my daughter came a few days late.
Looking back, Marlo realized that there were warning signs long before her diagnosis. She started having irregular and heavier menstrual cycles about a year before she became pregnant, but she didn’t think much of it. She thought it was a result of her approaching 40, and her well-woman exams with pap smears were all fine.