The Risks of Advanced Maternal Age in Pregnancy

Every pregnancy comes with some degree of risk, but for some women, the risk is even more significant. Overall, women in the United States are waiting longer to have children. There are many reasons women delay having children, but that decision can come with increased risk. Women over 35 are considered to be of advanced maternal age. Being of advanced maternal age means that there can be complications that arise during pregnancy and during labor and delivery. Your healthcare provider should advise you of these risks and know how to proceed in the face of them. Risks of advanced maternal age Read more

Know Your Rights During Labor and Delivery

Having a baby can be both exciting and stressful. Once labor begins, an expectant mother can feel like she has very little say over what is happening. It can sometimes feel like no one is telling you what’s going on with your baby and your own body. That’s why it’s important to understand that you do have rights in the delivery room, and you should not be afraid to exercise those rights. Read more

What is Cerebral Palsy?

The term cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move. “Cerebral” refers to the cerebrum, which is the part of the brain that controls movement. “Palsy” refers to a paralysis of voluntary movement in certain parts of the body. When the motor control portion of the brain is damaged, as it is in people with cerebral palsy, voluntary and involuntary motor skills do not function properly. This can present significant challenges affecting how someone walks and talks, and potentially their ability to perform everyday tasks. Read more

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

In 2016, September was declared Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to draw attention to this terrible disease and to help increase funding for ovarian cancer research. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ovarian cancer causes more deaths per year than any other gynecological cancer with over 13,000 women dying from ovarian cancer in 2015 alone. Read more