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    Why are Black maternal mortality rates so high?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    There’s a maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. Each year, tens of thousands of American women experience life-threatening pregnancy and postpartum complications. Between 2000 and 2020, the rate of U.S. maternal deaths skyrocketed by 78%. While there are differences in the official definitions of terms like…
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    What can we do to address maternal mortality?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Maternal mortality seems like something that only happens in history books or in developing countries far from the U.S. In reality, over 60,000 women in the U.S. experience life-threatening pregnancy and post-partum complications each year — including over 1,200 deaths in 2021. And the problem is…
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    How will my body change after pregnancy?

    Kate White, M.D., OB-GYN
    In this recurring guest column, Kate White, M.D., of Boston Medical Center, answers your questions on all things gynecology. As the author of the Mayo Clinic Press book Your Sexual Health, she’s ready to dole out wisdom on sex, periods, menopause and more. Submit a question …
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    New, longer breastfeeding guidelines. Sounds great, but what about my job?

    Candace Nelson
    In June and July 2022, the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a statement in support of breastfeeding exclusively for six months and breastfeeding “as long as mutually desired by mother and child for 2 years or beyond.”  The academy has long supported breastfeeding.
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    Direct-to-consumer fertility tests: Warnings and pitfalls

    Fertility potential reflects a woman’s likelihood of becoming pregnant. This is important to consider when you’re trying to become pregnant or thinking about procedures like egg freezing — but it’s a potentially confusing topic for many women. While your OB-GYN and primary care physician can walk you through prenatal care…
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    Is chestfeeding the new breastfeeding?: Explaining gender-neutral medical terms.

    Caroline Davidge-Pitts, M.B., B.Ch.,
    Cesar A. Gonzalez, Ph.D., ABPP,
    Lisa Speckhard Pasque
    Articles or online posts — even other articles on this blog — are now often using phrases like “person with a uterus,” “pregnant person” or “anyone with a prostate,” instead of the words “woman” or “man.” Some people may find this phrasing awkward or wonder why it is used —…
  • Video |

    How to worry less during pregnancy

    Are health worries stealing some joy from pregnancy? Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah believes taking charge can help you find balance while you wait for baby.
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    Adoption: Bonding with your child or baby

    Some parents bond immediately with their baby the first time they meet their son or daughter. It seems as if the family they’ve established was always meant to be. But for others it takes a little longer. Don’t fret too much if the first time you meet your baby, both…
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    Post-partum: What to expect in the 6 weeks after delivery

    Everything’s new. Everything’s exciting. And everything’s hard. The first six weeks after birth probably aren’t talked about enough. Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic obstetrician, gynecologist and medical geneticist, joins Co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D., for candid convo of what comes after birth, including: *          Diapers,…
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    Delivery: The real deal and stuff no one tells you about

    Learn why Rachel’s delivery room scene on “Friends” qualifies as “the most unrealistic birth ever.” Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic obstetrician, gynecologist and medical geneticist, joins co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D. to guide you through the reality of labor (vaginal or C section), including: *         …
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    Preparing for Delivery: Having a plan, but keeping it flexible

    Your trip to the hospital, like a trip to go camping, will benefit from advanced planning. Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic obstetrician, gynecologist and medical geneticist, joins Co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D. to help you think of everything you’ll need, before you need it, including:…
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    Planning and Nesting: What do you actually need?

    The pop-up ads will start soon after the positive pregnancy test. You must have this safety feature! Your baby cannot survive without that gadget! Co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D., sort out what you actually need from what you don’t, what to look for — and look out…