Infertility and Patient-Focused Care

Part two of our interview with Dr. Christine Skiadas, a reproductive endocrinologist, about some of the common concerns her patients have, assisting with the emotional struggles that come along with infertility, and how she prioritizes the patient experience in her care.

How Ovia Health is Approaching the Cesarean Epidemic

Though the cesarean rate has increased 60 percent over the past 15 years, the cause of the epidemic is largely unknown. Clinical groups and hospitals are looking for ways to audit their practices to help reduce cesareans, but these activities focus largely on what provider can do. That’s where Ovia Health comes in: we’re using data to attack the cesarean epidemic, engaging millions of women to guide them with evidence-based information to make the best decisions for their health.

Approaching The Finish Line: Early Signs of Labor

Bringing a baby into the world takes a lot of hard work -- it’s no accident that they call it labor! In some ways, the hardest part of labor, which ultimately leads to delivery, is waiting for it to finally begin. Although there’s no single indicator that your baby is completely ready to (finally!) make his or her debut, there are several symptoms that can indicate your labor is officially underway.

Trying Again After A Loss

After a lost pregnancy, women and families have dozens of questions. One of the most difficult to answer is: should I try to conceive again? Because there's no “right” path to choose after a lost pregnancy, here is a framework to think through trying again after a loss.

Coping After A Pregnancy Loss

Losing a pregnancy is an emotionally intense experience that feels different to every woman. Because each loss is unique, each healing process is also unique -- and this level of individuality can be isolating. Here are some “big picture” coping strategies that can be tailored to each woman’s journey through loss and its aftermath.

Required Reading From Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The more you know, the more you can do to support the breastfeeding moms in your life (even if that means giving pep talks to yourself in the mirror). Keep talking about how important breastfeeding is, how difficult it can be, and what can be done to help moms everywhere nurse successfully. Giving these articles a read is a great way to start!

Jumping Over The Early Hurdles: Tips For Embarking on a Successful Breastfeeding Journey

Newborns have a reputation for doing little more than eating and sleeping, but most new parents--and especially new breastfeeding mothers--are unprepared for just how much feeding the tiniest member of their family will do during their first few weeks of life. Since so many women learn as they go when it comes to nursing, we sought out the advice of an expert to help our newest breastfeeding moms prepare for the most common hurdles they’ll face in the first few weeks.