Category: Birth & Fertility

Pregnancy is an exciting new adventure with many unknowns. Some people work very hard to get to pregnancy, others were surprised to discover they were pregnant, while others may not be sure how they feel about their pregnancy. Regardless of the circumstances, when a person goes to that first prenatal appointment – typically in the […]
I recently read a book that highlighted a character who was adopted and searching for her birth mother. She had centered her whole life, including her career, around the idea of doing everything she could to make her birth parents proud. Even though she had never met her birth parents. This character struggled with the […]
There are some people who have a chromosome abnormality, a type of genetic condition, who can live their whole life and never know they have the condition. Often a person will only find out if they by chance are tested by a doctor or they have a desire to have children and discover they cannot […]
There are so many decisions parents have to make after their baby is born. Will you breastfeed or do formula? Will you give the baby a pacifier? Will you let family members hold the baby? And on the medical side of decision making, will you do newborn screening, vaccinate, and allow other medical treatments if […]
neural tube defects
The majority of pregnancies result in healthy babies. More often than not, when a woman finds out she is pregnant she will go on to have a healthy pregnancy with few complications. One of the purposes of ultrasound during pregnancy is to detect any abnormalities in the growing baby. At the 20-week ultrasound, the baby […]
oncofertility
A diagnosis of cancer can be a very overwhelming and emotional process. Questions of mortality, treatment, family, and more can come up. For young adults in particular, one of the many questions that need to be answered relates to the question of having children in the future. Oncofertility is one of the approaches to answering […]
noninvasive prenatal screening
In the past decade there have been numerous advances in the field of reproductive medicine with cell free DNA (cfDNA) or noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) being at the forefront of the advanced DNA testing options available during a pregnancy. The main idea behind this screening test is to test the fragments of DNA that come […]
prenatal genetic counseling
Pregnancies can bring out a mixed bag of emotions – excitement, nervousness, anticipation, and joy. With the advent of technology and a plethora of information available, there are numerous confusing testing options available, and it can be overwhelming to understand what works best for you. One way to manage these emotions is with prenatal genetic […]
advanced maternal age
Any woman who is 35 or older and goes to the doctor after becoming pregnant will most likely hear the term “advanced maternal age”. While that may not be the best term to use and would make anyone feel older than they really are, what exactly does it mean and why are women classified that […]
newborn screening
After the birth of your baby, there are so many events that happen. That first look into your baby’s eyes, feeding, sleepless nights, and changing diapers. While you are still in the hospital, your baby is also evaluated to make sure he or she is healthy. One of the many tests the hospital runs to […]