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    What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Blood Clots

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 09, 2014

    Blood clots are sneaky, deadly and unfortunately occur more frequently in pregnant women – especially after they have had a baby. In a non-pregnant woman, blood clots are good because they keep us from bleeding to death after we cut our finger or scrape our knees. However during pregnancy, the body produces many blood clots […]

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    What Pregnant Women Need to Know About 5,797 Work-Related Complaints

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 07, 2014

    The Washington Post recently published a story about mammoth retailer Wal-Mart’s new policy that allows pregnant women more options so that they can continue to work even late into their pregnancy. While this change of policy is a moral and economic victory for pregnant Wal-aaaamart employees, it did not come without a fight. In 2011, […]

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    Pregnant Mother Who Drove into the Ocean Will Remain in Hospital

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 26, 2014

    Thank God for common sense. For once, the state of Florida has done something right and kept Ebony Wilkerson, (the 32 year old pregnant mom who drove her kids into the ocean) into a hospital where she rightfully belongs. Wilkerson is 7 months pregnant and certainly doesn’t need to be in a jail where the […]

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    Is Underwater Childbirth Safe? Some Doctors Say No.

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 24, 2014

    Most women look forward to having a baby but no one wants to feel pain. In recent years, having a baby in a pool of water has become a popular trend because it allegedly reduces the need for pain meds and anesthesia however not so fast, says both obstetricians and pediatricians. The American College of […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Is a 1st Trimester Prenatal Screening Test Right for You?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 03, 2014

    If you start prenatal care early enough (in the 1st trimester), you will inevitably have to decide on whether you want to be tested for potential genetic problem such as Down syndrome (aka Trisomy 21) or other life-threatening genetic conditions. Terms such as non-invasive prenatal tests (aka NIPS), Integrative Screens and Alpha-Maternal Serum Testing will […]

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    How to Keep a Short Cervix from Messing Up Your First Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 03, 2014

    It’s your first pregnancy and very excited. While doing your first ultrasound, the technician frowns as she scans your cervix with a vaginal probe. You ask what’s wrong and she mutters something about the cervix being too short but that your provider will explain more. What’s going on? You could possibly have a short cervix […]

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    Brain Dead and Pregnant: A Moral Dilemma

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 09, 2014

    The contradictions of life can be maddening. On one hand, we have the case of Jahi McMath, a 13-yearold girl who is brain dead on a mechanical ventilator that her family fought to maintain and on the other hand, there is Marlise Munoz, a 33 year-old mother of a 15 month old son, who collapsed […]

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    Medical Error Equals Brain Death: The Tragedy of Jahi McMath

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 07, 2014

    As the drama of Jahi McMath continues, I wonder if anyone from Oakland Children’s Hospital apologized to her family for the potential neglect that led to her death. Yes, I’m calling it a death although her heart continues to beat with the help of a mechanical machine but please stop bashing her family because they’re […]

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    Pregnant? Want to be on TV Talk Show? Here’s Your Chance

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 22, 2013

    Hi Pregnant Moms! Just heard about an opportunity for a pregnant mom to be on a nationally syndicated health talk show on TV. The producer wouldn’t identify the show but if you live in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or New Jersey and are available on Tuesday, November 26th, you might end up on TV. Interested […]

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    When Swelling Turns to Danger – Guest Blog by Ami Burns

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 30, 2013

    It is with pleasure that I introduce this very important article written by Ami Burns of SheKnows. Many moms experience swelling during pregnancy, but sometimes this is a sign of preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous condition for mom and baby. Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway — and moms who dealt with this situation in pregnancy — share the […]

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    Can a Pregnant Woman Eat or Drink During Labor?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 28, 2013

    Theoretically, women will no longer have to starve during childbirth. Findings from a study presented at the Anesthesiology 2013 Annual Meeting suggested that it is safe for women in labor to have a protein shake as opposed to the traditional ice chips according to Dr. Manual Vallejo, chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at West […]

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    How can we prevent a Teen Mom from Carrying a Dead Fetus in a Shopping Bag?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 21, 2013

    Tiona Rodriguez, a 17 year old teen mom was arrested in a New York City Victoria Secrets store on suspicion of shoplifting and accompanied by 17 year-old Francis Estevez, who was also arrested. The security guard looked in the shopping bag and found a foul-smelling dead fetus wrapped in a black plastic bag along with […]

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    “Car Crashes Leading Threat to Pregnant Drivers”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 09, 2013

    A recent article in Consumer Reports.Org, brought back memories of an encounter I had with a patient. She was in her third trimester, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and subsequently received a violation and ticket. She asked me if I would write a note on her behalf excusing her from wearing the seat belt so […]

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    A Pelvic Speculum is not a Political Tool

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 25, 2013

    http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/19/creepy-uncle-sam/ “A lie unchallenged becomes the truth” was the first thought that came to mind after watching a TV commercial depicting a “Creepy Uncle Sam” perform a pelvic exam on a screaming young woman in a desperate and highly offensive ploy to discourage young people from enrolling in “Obamacare” whose enrollment officially begins in less […]

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    48% of U.S. Births Are Funded by Medicaid. Should we Feel Proud or Ashamed?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 12, 2013

    Post by Only For Nurses. A recent study of the Journal of Women’s Health sent shock waves throughout the country and medical community when it revealed that state Medicaid programs finance 48% of births in the U.S. or roughly 2 million babies each year. As an obstetrician who devoted her life caring for medically and […]

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    Your Insurance Company Denied Your Prenatal Test. Now What?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 09, 2013

    Are “independent” medical reviews really independent? In my role as a medical reviewer, I have overturned medical claims denied by insurance companies only to end up having wrestling matches with their medical directors who try to convince me to change my opinion. When I refuse to yield to their mental bullying, they find another reviewer […]

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    Can a Pregnant Woman Make Her Baby Smarter?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 26, 2013

    According to an article in JAMA Pediatrics, the answer is “yes” by breastfeeding for longer periods of time. It has long been established that breastfeeding helps the infant’s brain because it contains DHA (aka docosahexaenoic acid) which helps develop intellectual development. DHA is found in breast milk and also in fish. Although we advise pregnant […]

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    I’m a Physician and Hospitals are Starting to Scare Me

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 19, 2013

    When you entire a hospital, there should be a bright, yellow caution sign that says “Enter at Your Own Risk” and for those who think I’m exaggerating, I assure you I’m not. My concerns are real and they should be yours as well. In my city, there are only two healthcare systems in town in […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Do You Know What Foods Cause Stillbirths?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 07, 2013

    If our healthcare industry promoted discussions about healthy eating and food with the same enthusiasm as pharmaceutical companies promote Viagra® and Cialis,® we might actually see real improvement regarding chronic health conditions as well as a reduction of stillbirths. Each year, in the U.S. approximately 25,000 stillbirths occur or 1 out of 160 pregnancies and […]

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    Why Are Low Levels of Vitamin D Dangerous for Pregnant Women?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 05, 2013

    Before the era of Dr. Mehmet Oz, when doctors discussed vitamin D, it was usually in the context of reducing fractures in the elderly or third-world children getting rickets. To his credit, Dr. Oz was one of the first physicians to bring the importance of vitamin D to the mainstream and physicians are now ordering […]

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    No Prenatal Care = A 13.5 Pound Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 01, 2013

    From outward appearances, some may look at Baby Jasleen and think she’s cute because of her cherubic cheeks but that 13.47 pound baby is lucky to be alive. She is also a compelling reason why every pregnant woman should seek early prenatal care. Jasleen’s mother had undiagnosed gestational diabetes. Despite her excessive weight, she was […]

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    A Pregnant Woman Speaks From Her Grave

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 29, 2013

    The pleas for help for murdered Jennifer Synder from beyond the grave seemed to have fallen on deaf ears until now. Independent filmmaker Tracy Schott, who is also a former social worker is in the midst of changing that. Finding Jenn’s Voice “is a feature length documentary that examines the murder of Jennifer Snyder and […]

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    Pregnant Diabetics Are Three Times More at Risk for Getting this from a Hospital

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 22, 2013

    A recent article from the U.S. National Library of Medicine about bacterial infections in pregnant women with diabetes is a must-read for pregnant women. According to the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, pregnant women with diabetes are three times more likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection called Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus commonly […]

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    Pregnant with Complications? Here’s What You can Do.

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 10, 2013

    Recently, I was interviewed by Lois M. Collins, a reporter for Deseret News who wrote this great article about high-risk pregnancy that I’d like to share with you.  Although I’m listed as a “clinical informatics specialist” which is my new role as a result of completing my studies at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Informatics Program, I’m […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Guess What Has Tripled in the Past 20 Years?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 03, 2013

      The cost of having a baby. Kudos to The New York Times and its reporter, Elisabeth Rosenthal, for her insightful article, American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World that addresses what many healthcare providers have known for years: our present healthcare system is a rip-off, especially for pregnant women. What makes Rosenthal’s article […]

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    Does Robotic Surgery Improve Your Chances of Becoming Pregnant?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 01, 2013

        A recent article in the June 2013 issue of ObGyn News captured my attention because it discussed robotic surgery as treatment for uterine fibroids.  Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors in the uterus that affect 1 out of 5 women and African American women are affected three times more often than Caucasian women. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding, severe […]

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    Most Pregnant Women Leave the Hospital without Ever Knowing This

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 25, 2013

    Although it’s called the “afterbirth,” the placenta should not be categorized as an “afterthought” regarding pregnancy. Its significance dates back almost to the beginning of time. Up until the 18th and 19th century, it was thought that the mother and fetus shared the same circulatory system but now we know that they are actually separate. […]

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    Pregnant Moms: This Test Will Save Your Baby’s Life

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 19, 2013

      Each day, U.S. healthcare providers obtain a vaginal culture for Group B Strep (aka Streptococcus) from pregnant women in a routine manner, yet there is nothing “routine” about the way this simple test can miraculously save your baby’s life. Group B Strep (or GBS) is bacteria found in the intestines, rectum and vagina in […]

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    Do Pregnant Women Need Vaccinations?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 10, 2013

    The other day I received information from the American College of Obstetrician/Gynecologists (ACOG) encouraging more obgyn physicians to incorporate vaccines into their practice and I hit the pause button. I had to ask myself if I really wanted to write about vaccines and pregnancy because of the controversy as to whether vaccines contribute to autism. […]

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    A Runner Didn’t Know She was Pregnant and Gives Birth the Next Day

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 06, 2013

    I don’t watch many reality TV shows and am very suspicious about the Discovery Channel’s “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.” Yet, the story about Trish Staine intrigues me because it just might be true. Staine is a 33 year old mother of 5 and has a daughter, son and three stepsons (ages 17, 19 […]

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    Should Pregnant Women Avoid Household Products?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 05, 2013

    For years Americans have been bombarded about the woes of chemical exposure and the manner in which it could affect our health. While there have been scientific studies that document the evils of tobacco and alcohol regarding pregnancy, there is less official advice regarding chemical exposure during pregnancy according to a recent study by the […]

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    Why Do U.S. Hospitals Pay Foreigners to Spy on Their Staff?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 03, 2013

    As a pregnant woman, unless you’re going to have a home birth, you will inevitably end up in a hospital to have your baby. As such, everything that happens in a hospital affects you even if you’ll only be there overnight. A recent article in the New York Times by Aremona Hartocollis about hospital hand […]

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    Is Bed Rest Harmful for Pregnant Women Who Have a Short Cervix?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 28, 2013

    For years we were taught that women who are at risk for preterm birth should be placed on bed rest, but the trend seems to be changing. At the 33rd Annual Meeting of Society for Maternal Medicine, Dr. William Grobman, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago reported findings that […]

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    Thoughts About the Oklahoma Tragedy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 22, 2013

    Even in the midst of tragedy, we can find love. This teacher embraces his student who he thought had perished. I hope the photographer wins a Pulitzer for capturing such a poignant moment. It is tragedies like this that remind us how fragile we, as humans truly are.

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    Dental Problems and Pregnancy, Part 1

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 07, 2013

      Are you pregnant, poor and need to see a dentist? Well, God help you according to a recent article in the New York Times by Catherine Saint Louis. Hats off to Ms. Saint Louis for her expose of a quiet little secret that has existed for decades: pregnant women with dental problems have a […]

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    10 Things Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Pre-eclampsia

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 01, 2013

    May is Pre-eclampsia Month, a time to empower all women about the dangers of this very deadly disease. It has claimed the lives of many women, including the grandmother of Vanessa Williams. Although it has been described as far back as the days of Hippocrates, we still don’t have a cure in the 21st century. […]

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  • The Boston Bombing: A Teachable Moment in Parenting

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 22, 2013

    Pregnant moms, please indulge me as I veer off-topic today in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon. As I deboarded a plane yesterday, I observed a young woman sporting a bright green baseball cap with the letters, BOSTON emblazoned on the front. Obviously, she was making a statement perhaps as a sigh of relief that […]

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    Should Pregnant Women Have a Lotus Birth?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 17, 2013

    Lotus birth is a trending phenomenon but is it safe? The importance of the umbilical cord and placenta during pregnancy cannot be overstated. It is where the unborn fetus receives nutrients, oxygen and “communication” from its mother. In traditional practices, once the baby is born, cord blood is obtained, the umbilical cord is then clamped, […]

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    Should a Teen Sue Her Parents to Prevent Having an Abortion?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 11, 2013

      “Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.” I thought about Hugh MacKay’s quote after I read the story of the pregnant teen in Texas who’s suing her parents to prevent a forced abortion. I know Texas has some good people, including members of my own family […]

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    Does a Pregnant Woman Need a First-Trimester Ultrasound?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 09, 2013

    One of the most helpful tools in evaluating pregnancies is an ultrasound or commonly known as a sonogram. The visual images that it displays bring us into the world of the fetus and its environment that provides helpful information for both mother and clinician. Based on the $3 trillion annual cost of healthcare in the […]

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    Does an Aspirin a Day Keep a Miscarriage Away?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 26, 2013

        The answer is yes, according to a recent medical study. The EAGeR Trial (The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction), studied the effects of low-dose aspirin (81‑mg tablet) in women who had experienced 2 or more pregnancy losses with no previous history of infertility and the results were promising. Of approximately 1200 […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Check Out this Great Smartphone App

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 14, 2013

        It’s amazing how much things have changed since the days of my residency training of over two decades ago. The grainy black and white ultrasound pictures from back-in-the-day have been replaced with 3 and 4-D videos and savvy pregnancy computer applications (aka “Apps.”) As most of you know, I pass on helpful information […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Please, “Escape Fire”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 12, 2013

    Every so often, a film comes along that makes us sit up and take notice. Escape Fire is one of those films.  Executive producers Donna Karan (fashion designer) and Scott Douglass along with directors Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke produced this magnificent film that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Why is this film […]

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    What Happens When a Surrogate Mom is Pregnant with an Abnormal Baby?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 06, 2013

      After I read CNN’s  story about Crystal Kelly, I developed a splitting headache. As an ob-gyn physician, a former infertility patient and an adoptive mother, I have walked down that bumpy road towards parenthood. However, Kelly’s story illustrates how complex things can become when the conditions of the pregnancy falls outside of the proverbial […]

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    Death Enroute to the Hospital to Have a Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 04, 2013

    Nachman and Raizy Glauber had everything to live for. They had married a year ago and was expected their first child. They were young (both 21 years old), excited about becoming parents and had family members who lived close by in their close-knit Orthodox Jewish community called Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, New York. I know that […]

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    Pregnant Moms: Think Before You Take That Pill During the First Trimester

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 27, 2013

    Timing is everything, especially when it involves a pregnant woman taking medication. The article in the New York Times by Jane Brody reminded me of the countless discussions I’ve had with pregnant women about the need for exercising precaution when taking medicine in the first trimester.  The conversation usually occurs as a result of a […]

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    What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 25, 2013

    Fetal diagnostic testing can sometimes be a point of anxiety and concern for pregnant women who want to make certain their baby is “okay,” meaning they don’t have any genetic problems. In the past 10 years, the field of genetics has unraveled human mysteries because we can now map and analyze the gene sequence of […]

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    A Life Well Lived: The Legacy of Nurse Midwife Maude E. Callen

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 20, 2013

    It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and it was the photographic genius of the late W. Eugene Smith’s photo essay, “Nurse Midwife” published in a 1951 edition of Life Magazine that grasped my attention and introduced me to the late, great Maude E. Callen, a nurse midwife. Callen was born […]

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  • Jennifer McKenna-Morbelli: A Third Trimester Abortion Tragedy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 18, 2013

          When I read the headlines about Jennifer McKenna-Morbelli, I had to read it again to make certain that it wasn’t a misprint. McKenna-Morbelli was a 29 year old teacher who died from internal bleeding after having an abortion at 33 weeks. It was those last 4 words that struck me the hardest […]

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    Who Is a Pregnant Mom’s Greatest Valentine?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 13, 2013

    As a child, I was always nervous around Valentine’s Day because it represented the moment of truth: did people like me enough to send a card? As kids, we were always grateful to know we were not that unfortunate person who received the least number of cards or were shocked when we received a card […]

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  • Home Birth Midwives are On Their Own

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 11, 2013

    In last month’s “Gray Journal” (aka American Journal of Obstetrician & Gynecologists), Dr. Frank Chevernak and colleagues wrote a response entitled “Planned Home Birth: The Professional Responsibility Response” that was troubling. The authors recommended that an obstetrician not backup midwives when they performed planned home births but “still provide excellent and compassionate emergency obstetrical care […]

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  • Has This Pregnant Prison Guard Committed Sexual Abuse of an Inmate?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 07, 2013

    When I read the story about Nancy Gonzalez, I immediately thought about her unborn son, the one who she conceived with a convicted murderer and a former gang member of the Bloods. Ronell Wilson was a convicted murderer of two police officers during a gun deal that turned bad. Gonzalez was a military veteran and […]

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  • What Pregnant Women Need to Know about Hospital Infections

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 06, 2013

    A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “When Hospitals Become Killers” by Betsy McCaughey, former New York State lieutenant governor who is now the chairperson of the Committee to Reduce Hospital Infections is a cautionary tale. McCaughey wrote about an infection called CRK which stands for carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella which can be deadly. CRK […]

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  • Pregnant Women Die When Providers Don’t Listen

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 30, 2013

    Every month I have the unenviable duty of reviewing federal medical malpractice cases to determine if the physician or midwife was at fault when a baby is born injured, dead or a pregnant woman dies. A panel of high-ranking federal officials listens to my presentation and then decides whether that doctor or midwife should be […]

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  • What Pregnant Women Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 28, 2013

                  January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to revisit some facts about this very treatable disease. According to the Office of Women’s Health, each year approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical cancer and 1 to 3 percent of these women are pregnant. Unfortunately, […]

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  • What Every Pregnant Mom Should Know About Birth Defects

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 23, 2013

    January is Birth Defect Prevention Awareness Month and CDC (Center for Disease Control) has organized some facts that I’d like to share with you. Unfortunately every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a defect which can have serious negative effects on the baby’s development and ability to function. Although some defects can’t be prevented, […]

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  • Pregnant Moms, You MUST See This Video

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 21, 2013

    I have lived long enough to see profound changes in medicine and our healthcare system. Some of them are good; others need improvement. Technology has brought some amazing advances to our profession including the ability to visually witness the life of the incredible fetus. My wonderful, beautiful pregnant moms, Alexander Tsiaras, a brilliant journalist and […]

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  • When Should a Woman Get Pregnant After Having Weight Loss Surgery?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 16, 2013

    With the onset of a new year come promises that we make to ourselves and one of the most popular is for us to lose weight. We’re bombarded with advertisements from programs to help us achieve that goal and one of the most popular methods of weight loss is bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery involves procedures […]

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  • Is an Unwanted Pregnancy a Risk Factor for Murder?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 15, 2013

    If a woman is pregnant under the age of 25, in an abusive relationship, involved with a married man or is African American, she is at risk for being murdered. Just ask the parents of Jennifer Snyder, a former veterinarian technician who was involved with a married man who happened to be the father of […]

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  • The Smart Mother’s Guide Thanks You for the 320,000 Views!!!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 14, 2013

    Do you know that each one of you can make a difference in your family, community and even our universe? As common as it sounds, I know this to be true. How often have we asked ourselves that colloquial question: “Why am I here?” Do you know what the answer is? We’re here to make […]

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  • When Should a Pregnant Woman Worry About a Headache?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 09, 2013

    A few days ago, I read a comment on one of the pregnancy websites that forced me dig to up my old password in an attempt to contact her. She had been given misinformation that might have killed her. She was forty weeks pregnant, complained about a headache and felt “something wasn’t right.” Unfortunately, her […]

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  • Celebrity Pregnancy: Is Your Pregnancy As Important?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 07, 2013

    So here we go again. Kim Kardashian is pregnant and already it has become a media circus. Ditto the second pregnancy of Jessica Simpson. Quite frankly, it’s a bit annoying and disappointing. I remember being contacted by a reporter from a fairly renowned news agency regarding the first pregnancy of Jessica Simpson. He wanted to […]

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  • Happy Holidays From The Smart Mother’s Guide

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 24, 2012

    Many, many years a young pregnant woman and her husband were trying to find a home so that she could have her baby. And tried as she did, there was no housing to be found. So, she ended up having her baby in a very humble abode – a manger to be exact. She had […]

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  • What Pregnant Women Can do about 52,000 Childbirth Complications

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 19, 2012

    Did you know that every week in the U.S., 1,000 pregnant women have childbirth complications? This is a recent statistic published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and reported by Laura Landro of the Wall Street Journal. Complications such as heart attacks, breathing problems and kidney problems during or after pregnancy have increased by […]

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  • The Shocking Truth: Guns, Mothers and Mental Illness

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 17, 2012

    I had planned to discuss a prenatal topic this morning but my heart grieves in more ways than one regarding the senseless deaths of 20 beautiful children and the 6 brave women who lost their lives trying to those babies. What is the purpose of a knife? To cut of course. What is the purpose […]

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  • Pregnant Moms, Meet the Placenta

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 12, 2012

    Pregnant moms, do you know what a placenta is? Well, the Khan Academy helps you find out. For those of you who are unaware of the Khan Academy, it is a nonprofit organization that produces videos for self-learning and does such a great job, that it gained the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates […]

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  • A Pregnant Royal and a Dead Nurse

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 10, 2012

    The suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who attended to Kate Middleton during her hospital stay is both tragic and telling. Saldanha was a registered nurse who immigrated to the United Kingdom 9 years ago and worked at King Edward VII Hospital. She was, by all accounts, a great nurse who took her job seriously. […]

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  • 10 Things a Pregnant Princess Needs to Know

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 05, 2012

    Princess Kate Middleton is officially pregnant and the whole world is watching. She was hospitalized for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (a condition that causes severe vomiting) which was the right thing to do. She will not be sent home inappropriately because she does not have insurance. Nor will she have to worry about finding a physician, because […]

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  • The Shocking Truth: 10 Reasons Why You Are Not Getting Pregnant

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 03, 2012

    Getting pregnant is easier said than done for at least 10% percent of women in the U.S.  About 90% of women will conceive after one year of trying. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, consider these reasons and possible solutions. You’re not having sex at the right time. The only way a […]

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  • Pregnant Moms: Please Stay Out of Tattoos Parlors

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 28, 2012

    The subject of pregnancy and tattoos are not new (it is not recommended) but the topic of a tuberculosis-type skin infection related to getting a tattoo is. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) encourages healthcare workers to warn the public about an unusual skin infection called nontuberculous mycobacterial […]

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  • Pregnant Moms: Should You Go Home the Day after Your C/Section?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 26, 2012

    A recent study published in ACOG’s Journal of Ob-Gyn has me scratching my head. The Malaysian study purports that it’s safe for women who have had a cesarean section to go home the next day. Physicians who practiced in the mid-nineties remember the days of the drive-by-deliveries and the aftermath that occurred. We remember hospitals […]

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  • 10 Tips for Pregnant Moms on Thanksgiving

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 21, 2012

    Thanksgiving; oh how we love it but oh, can it be stressful. Hopefully, all pregnant moms will spend the day relaxing while someone else plays chef, hostess and caregiver. However, if that is not an option, here are some useful tips that will help you enjoy the day to its fullest extent. Try to cook […]

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  • Is It Safe for Pregnant Moms to Drink High Energy Drinks?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 19, 2012

    A $20 billion dollar industry has come under government scrutiny of late and everyone should pay close attention. Energy drinks. Oh, how Americans love them, especially our youth.  It is also reported that forty-five percent of American soldiers in combat serving in Afghanistan consume them every day, many receiving them for free in military cafeterias. But […]

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  • The Roads Less Traveled to Becoming a Mommy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 12, 2012

    A recent article in the Sunday New York Times by Susan Straight gave me greater insight into the life of a surrogate mom. Making Babies, Just to Make Ends Meet describes the life of a surrogate mom and the clients she serves. Straight lives in a stable neighbor where “a lot of people don’t get […]

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  • If You were Pregnant and in Labor, Would You Stop to Vote?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 07, 2012

    Never under estimate the power of a woman; especially a pregnant woman. The determination of Galicia Malone will be remembered for a very long time, especially at the voting polls in Dolton, Illinois. Malone was pregnant with her first child and went into spontaneous labor. It was the moment every pregnant woman lives for: her […]

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  • Why Aren’t Doctors Prescribing More IUDs?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 05, 2012

    The IUD is a great birth control method and yet, many physicians don’t prescribe them. Why? Because of money. On the heels of a recent blog I posted about the IUD, this months’ issue of OBG Management published a letter to the editor from a gynecologist in private practice who stated that physicians aren’t paid […]

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  • Miracles In the Midst of a Hurricane

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 31, 2012

    Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to remind us of our humanity. Sometimes we get caught up in the mechanics of living that an act of Nature has to descend upon us in one fell swoop to bring us back to reality. I had planned to go to bed fairly early tonight. I truly did but […]

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  • Should You Have an IUD Inserted Immediately After Having a Baby?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 29, 2012

    Although the IUD (intrauterine device) has been around since the 1970’s it has gained renewed popularity and it seems to be safe. The IUD is a small plastic device that’s inserted into the uterus to prevent unplanned pregnancies and comes in two types: one that has copper and the other that releases a hormone. A […]

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  • What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Pitocin®

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 24, 2012

    At some point in everyone woman’s pregnancy, she will be introduced to the drug called oxytocin or its brand name Pitocin® because it’s used to start contractions during labor and after the placenta is delivered to help stop bleeding. Many lawsuits occur as a result of the improper use of oxytocin because it can harm […]

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  • Can Your Cooking Pot Affect Your Unborn Baby?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 22, 2012

    Who would think that our common cooking utensils could affect our children and unborn children but according to a medical study in the American Journal of Epidemiology this seems to be the case. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are man-made chemicals that are used by manufacturers for a variety of products including water, fire and grease resistant […]

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  • Can a Stillbirth Be Prevented

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 15, 2012

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  • Are Older Pregnant Moms at Risk For Stillbirth?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 11, 2012

    Stillbirth is a topic that U.S. obstetrical clinicians don’t discuss enough. It’s like the elephant in the room that everyone likes to ignore. Unfortunately it can’t be ignored because it affects 6 out of every 1,000 pregnancies. As we move further into the 21st century, there will be a large emphasis on wellness and prevention […]

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  • Warning Pregnant Moms: Nipple Ointment Linked to Fungal Meningitis

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 08, 2012

    Although the public hates to receive bad news, when it has the potential to save lives, it should be welcomed. The FDA has issued a warning about the suspicion of products made by a pharmaceutical compound that has been associated with 91 cases of fungal meningitis, including seven cases of death.  The New England Compound […]

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  • 14 Year Old Kills Newborn Because “She Didn’t Know What to Do With It”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 03, 2012

    Another Florida tragedy; when will it end? Cassidy Goodson was a high school freshman who was knew her way around a baseball field. Chances are she might have earned a baseball scholarship to college if she had continued high school. Now, she will probably spend most of her life in jail. Cassidy is a tiny […]

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  • “I Messed Up Bad”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 01, 2012

    Cheating is never good especially when it involves public and patient safety. Annie Dookhan messed up by her own admission and although she is free on $10,000 bail, neither the City of Boston nor the State of Massachusetts will ever forget her. As a result of her shameful actions as a public servant, the Massachusetts […]

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  • Pregnant Woman Not Wearing Seatbelt and Dies on the Way to Have Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 26, 2012

    A rural county in North Carolina is in mourning. Instead of celebrating the birth of one of its babies, they are lamenting over the death of its mother. 22 year old Megan Liggan was not wearing her seat belt and died as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The weather was not kind that […]

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  • Should Pregnant Smokers Take Vitamin C?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 24, 2012

    Are you pregnant and smoke cigarettes? Then please consider taking take Vitamin C. Years ago, Vitamin C was frequently in the spotlight because of the scientist, Linus Pauling who made the bold assumption that it was the cure for the common cold. While that topic is still subject to debate, it appears that Vitamin C […]

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  • 10 Reasons to Have an Ultrasound

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 19, 2012

    Technology has made fascinating advances in medical practice and ultrasounds are no exception. However, contrary to popular belief, they are not a tool developed so that women can find out the sex of their baby. While that is a great benefit to expectant parents who “just have to know,” the true purpose of having an […]

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  • Could You Pass This Pregnancy Quiz?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 17, 2012

    Pregnant moms, are you ready to take a Smart Mother’s quiz? Here’s one that taken from The Smart Mothers Guide to a Better Pregnancy. You have been which might be considered fluid for the past two days. You call your provider, who advises you to go to the hospital for further evaluation. Upon your arrival […]

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  • Are Pregnant Women Taking Unsafe Medicine?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 12, 2012

    There are few times that I become gravely concerned about the way medicine is practiced and this is one of them. A recent medical study in the Journal of Hypertension reported some startling facts: pregnant women are receiving blood pressure medication that might be harmful to their babies. When physicians decide to specialize in obstetrics, […]

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  • What Will Prenatal Care Look Like in the Future?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 10, 2012

    In today’s tough U.S. economy, healthcare is in the forefront because of the three trillion dollars spent each year. Patients are not seeing their money’s worth and neither is the U.S. government who writes the check for a large percentage of it. The cost of women having babies too early or prematurely costs our society […]

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  • Should Pregnant Women Eat Peanuts to Reduce Childhood Allergies?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 05, 2012

    When food that we eat could potentially kill us, it’s tragic. Such is the case of peanut allergies in U.S. children that has become a great public health concern because of its increasing numbers and severity. According to medical studies, at least 18% of kids are allergic to food and 3 million American children have […]

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  • A Dog and a Baby, Part 2

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 03, 2012

    A few years ago, I read a miraculous story about a stray dog that had saved the life of an abandoned baby in Kenya. The event occurred in May 2005 and it left such an indelible impression on me that I decided to not only include the story in The Smart Mother’s Guide to a […]

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  • Should a Pregnant Teen Die in Order to Save Her Baby?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 30, 2012

    While the debate continues in the U.S. regarding whether life begins at conception, the Dominican Republic has shown what happens when a government says that it does. In 2009, the Dominican Republic passed a law stating life begins at conception and Rosa Hernandez buried her 16 year old daughter (also named Rosa), as a result. […]

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  • Ovulation and Trying to Get Pregnant: Timing is Everything

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 29, 2012

    If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need a well developed strategy, especially if you are 35 and older.  Although 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, trying to get pregnant can still be a challenge. One of the most important things that need to be established for women trying to conceive is to […]

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  • Most Asked Pregnancy Question on Yahoo Answers: Am I Pregnant?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 26, 2012

    I was recently on a few pregnancy sites and was surprised at the number of times someone was confused as to whether or not they were pregnant. Finding out whether one is pregnant can provoke equal anxiety for both those who are attempting to get pregnant and for those who don’t want an unplanned pregnancy. […]

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  • 10 Fun Things To Do While Pregnant

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 22, 2012

    Looking for ways to have fun while pregnant? Here are a few suggestions: Form a “walking club.” Walking is a great way to exercise and is also a stress reducer.  It’s also a good way to bond with other pregnant moms. Learn how to knit and crochet. As you may or may not know, baby […]

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  • Is He Serious: “Legitimate Rape Rarely Causes Pregnancy”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 20, 2012

    Really? Since when did GOP Representative Todd Atkin complete a residency program in obstetrics and gynecology? Or for that matter, attend medical school? In a television interview with KTVI-TV in Missouri, Representative Atkins allegedly said: ‘It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. […]

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  • My Baby is Still Breech and I’m 37 Weeks. Help!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 15, 2012

    You’re 37 weeks pregnant with your first baby and your doctor or midwife tells you more than likely the baby is not going to turn.  What should be done? This is a dilemma that pregnant women face on a daily basis. Up until 36 weeks, the position of the baby can vary from feet first […]

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  • Does Fear Prolong Labor?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 13, 2012

    Journalist Nicholas Bakalar of the New York Times wrote an article that addressed a profound issue regarding pregnancy: Does Fear Make Labor Longer? Over 2,000 pregnant women in Norway were given a questionnaire at 32 weeks to determine if they had a fear of labor. These women were then followed to determine how long they […]

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  • Should Schools Have Mandatory Pregnancy Tests?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 08, 2012

    The 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the privacy of its citizens and states that the government cannot interfere in their personal affairs. Someone forgot to tell the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana who required students to take a pregnancy test if it is rumored that they’re pregnant. If the students refuse to […]

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  • Sabrina Seelig Did Not Have to Die

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 06, 2012

    New York Times writer, Anemona Horticollis has written yet another telling story. The Short Life and Lonely Death of Sabrina Seelig describes why entering a hospital could be hazardous to your health. Sabrina Seelig was a writer, a student and came from a family of artists. Both of her parents previously taught at the University […]

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  • Is Nurse “Burn-Out” Hazardous to Your Health?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 01, 2012

    JoNel Allecia’s NBC News article, Burned Out Nurses Linked to More Infections , addresses an important issue that is often overlooked and ignored. Let’s be brutally honest, without an appropriate nursing workforce, our entire healthcare system would collapse. As our healthcare system continues to shift to a business and profit model, both nurse and physician […]

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  • Should a 36-week Pregnant Woman Compete in the Olympics?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 30, 2012

    Malaysian shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi’s participation in the Olympics makes me nervous but I can understand her dilemma. It’s not every day that a woman receives the opportunity participate in such a renowned event, especially if she 35-weeks pregnant. At 36 weeks, most healthcare providers would strongly advise against traveling by air because the […]

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  • Will Yahoo’s New CEO Really Take Just “A Few Weeks Off” for Maternity Leave?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 23, 2012

    When I read about Marrisa Mayer’s appointment as Yahoo’s CEO, I was impressed and ready to pop the cork on the champagne bottle. Not yet 40, obviously intelligent and (gasp), a woman. Mayer’s credentials are impressive: she graduated with honors from Stanford and majored in computer science and artificial intelligence. She also helped design Google’s […]

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  • The Flu Vaccine and Pregnant Women: Is it Safe?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 11, 2012

    Although the flu season does not officially start until November and peaks in January, a Danish article in the July 2012 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association reviewed the safety of the H1N1 vaccine and whether it had any adverse effects on the fetus and newborn. The Center for Disease Control has recommended […]

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  • Why Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Ignore Headaches

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 09, 2012

    Amber Scott is a very lucky woman. She was 38 weeks pregnant and had complained about a headache all day which was mistakenly thought to be a migraine. It wasn’t. More than likely it was pre-eclampsia and somehow the diagnosis was missed. Amber’s husband told her to lie down and presumably left the house. He […]

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  • How to Avoid a Homebirth Disaster, Part 2

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 04, 2012

    When I wrote How to Avoid a Home Birth Disaster, I didn’t plan on writing a “Part 2” but the more research I did about Rebecca Fielding’s case, it became obvious that writing a Part 2 would be necessary. I want to preface my comments by revealing that I’m the granddaughter (3 generations removed) of […]

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  • Top Ways to Avoid a Home Birth Disaster [Video]

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 03, 2012

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway discusses the $55 million dollar Johns Hopkins law suit and how pregnant women can minimize their chances of having a home birth disaster.

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  • Do You Know How to Avoid a Home Birth Disaster

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 02, 2012

    A Maryland jury made history by awarding Enso Martinez and Rebecca Fielding $55 million dollars but there are no winners in this tragedy. Enso Martinez Jr. has irreversible brain damage and Johns Hopkins Hospital will spend resources that could be used for research for direct patient care, to defend their care of Fielding. Home birth […]

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  • Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Newborn?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 27, 2012

    Pregnant moms, will you know what to do when you bring home your newborn? Well, here’s a gem from a nursery that might help. Always place the baby on its back, including after feeding Clean the umbilical cord with alcohol every diaper change; keep diaper folded below cord; notify physician for drainage or odor Breastfeed […]

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  • 10 Things Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About a Vacuum Delivery

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 25, 2012

    During the course of labor, it is expected that every delivery will be vaginal. However there are times when this will be impossible based on the conditions of the baby or mother. One in 20 deliveries are operative vaginal deliveries, meaning an instrument is used to help the physician or midwife and mother deliver the […]

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  • What Can We Learn from a Birth in an MRI Machine?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 20, 2012

    Imagine giving birth in an MRI machine? Well that’s exactly what a German woman did as a volunteer for a scientific study according to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG). In November 2010, 1 24 year old woman who had 2 previous children was admitted to a German hospital with regular contractions. She […]

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  • Why Pregnant Women Need to Know About MRSA

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 18, 2012

    A few years ago, a 20-something year old pregnant woman presented to her physician with complaints of a skin bump that was red and painful. She was told it was a spider bit and given antibiotics. The patient ultimately went in labor but required an emergency cesarean which went well without any complications. Four days […]

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  • Should All Newborns With Low APGAR Scores Get the Cooling Blanket?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 11, 2012

    I had first heard about the cooling blanket a few years ago when a friend of mine told me a story that could only be defined as a miracle, at least for an obstetrician. A newborn had the lowest possible Apgar score of 1 and did not die. Not only did the baby live, but […]

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  • New Hope for Women Over 40 Who Are Trying to Conceive

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 06, 2012

    In my 25 years of clinical experience as an ob-gyn physician, I have seen our specialty evolve, especially in the area of infertility. In Vitro Fertilization (aka IVF) has come a very long way since its first “test tube baby,” Louise Brown, back in 1978. When I was attempting to conceive (unsuccessfully), the price of […]

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  • Thirteen Thousand Addicted Newborns

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 04, 2012

    A New York Times and an American Med News article gave me reason to pause. Each year approximately 13,500 newborns are born addicted to prescription opiates. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) occurs when babies who are born to opiate-addicted mothers who more than likely received their meds from a prescription. The number of pregnant women using […]

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  • Why is Preeclampsia Misdiagnosed?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 30, 2012

    Preeclampsia is a pregnancy condition that involves high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine. Risk factors for developing preeclampsia include: • 1st Pregnancy • Age; young teens and women over 35 are at greater risk • Obesity • History of diabetes • History of hypertension • Family history (mother, sister, aunt) of preeclampsia […]

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  • Should All Pregnant Women be Tested for STDs?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 23, 2012

    While the topic of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is not pleasant, it certainly is essential, especially for pregnant women. A recent medical study reports that only 59% of pregnant women are tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. That is absurd. Both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Congress for Obstetrician/Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that […]

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  • Can You Recognize a Labor Room Dilemma?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 21, 2012

    I’ve just returned home after traveling over 1900 miles to attend my cousin’s baby shower and oh, what a joyous event. There was great food, laughter, a zillion gifts along with a spirit of generosity that revealed the power of true friendship. In the next 30 days my cousin will embark on a new journey […]

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  • Selecting the Right Physician

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 18, 2012

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  • Katie Moore Shares Tips on Taking Care of Newborns

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 14, 2012

    In celebration of National Women”s Health Week, we are pleased to introduce our Guest Blogger, Katie Moore. Katie Moore is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, and childbirth. She loves being able to share her ideas with others, and while she enjoys writing, her real passion and full […]

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  • Pregnant Woman Found Dead in a Tub with Stillborn. Was it Murder?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 09, 2012

    How can a pregnant woman be missing for more than 2 weeks and her husband not be a person of interest? Bibi Farruoq, a native of Guyana, South America and a U.S. citizen was a mother of four. She was a former real estte professional, loving soccer and stay-at-home mom according to her cousin. She […]

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  • Is He the Daddy? Now you’ll know at Eight Weeks

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 07, 2012

    The subject of paternity has always been a source of controversy and brings to mind an old adage my late aunt used to say: “Mama’s baby. Daddy’s maybe.” Because 50 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, paternity becomes a huge issue when there are multiple partners involved. What haven’t I seen as an […]

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    When Doctors Won’t Listen (Part 2)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 02, 2012

    In Part 1 of Monday’s blog, we learned about Angela Burgin Login, a first-time pregnant mom who was developing pre-eclampsia but the signs were ignored by her physician.  Angela almost lost her life because the recognition of her diagnosis was delayed.  While most pregnancies are uneventful, a “normal” pregnancy will not always mean a “normal” […]

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    When Doctors Won’t Listen (Part 1)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 30, 2012

    We recently celebrated the arrival of a new addition in our family and it was a delivery made in Heaven. Our relative’s membranes ruptured, contractions started and she delivered a healthy baby 45 minutes after her arrival to the hospital. The doctor came 10 minutes before the baby was born and all she had to […]

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    Should a U.S. Birth Certificate Equal Automatic Citizenship?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 25, 2012

    Nebraska has recently been on the radar screen for their controversy regarding public funding of “illegal” pregnant immigrants. Although Nebraska’s governor vetoed the bill that allowed funding for prenatal care, the Nebraska legislatures had the good sense to switch the benefits to a state-funded program for children which would include the unborn babies. Should the […]

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    Top 4 Ways Pregnant Women Can Avoid Food Poisoning

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 23, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food Drug Administration (FDA) are on a mission. One in six Americans become sick each year from food poisoning (aka foodborne illness) and pregnant women are quite susceptible of becoming victims. Why? Because the immune system of pregnant women is lowered thereby making them at risk for developing […]

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    Your OB-GYN Speaks: Pregnant and Unmarried? You’re Fired!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 18, 2012

    The Center for Disease Control  (CDC) recently published a study revealing 27 percent of babies are born to unmarried couples who live together in the U.S. This is a three-fold increase from 1985 and it’s not a trend just limited to the U.S. This phenomenon is happening through the entire industrialized world including countries such […]

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    Baby Pronounced Dead but Awakens in a Morgue 12 Hours Later

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 16, 2012

    Anyone who has ever witnessed the birth of a baby knows that they have truly witnessed a miracle. However, it’s stories like Analia Bouter from Buenos Aires, Argentina that keeps us humble. Imagine that you delivered a premature baby at 26 weeks, was informed that it was a stillbirth and then 12 hours later, you […]

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    What Pregnant Women Can Learn From a Cabbage

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 11, 2012

    In the Native Americans culture it is said: “If you want to learn the lessons of life, please observe Nature.” My oldest son brought home a cabbage seedling from school to enter in a contest.  If his plant grew the largest, he would win a $1,000.00 scholarship. For the first 2 weeks he faithfully nurtured […]

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    Introducing Guest Blogger Melis Ann: What Pregnant Moms Need to Know About Neonatal Intensive Care Units

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 09, 2012

    Today I’d like to introduce our guest blogger, Melis Ann, who has written a thought-provoking and highly informative article about Neonatal Intensive Care Units and the importance of selecting the right hospital. Melis Ann is a mom and a social scientist who loves to do research to find out the how and why. Her website […]

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    Should You Eat a Placenta?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 04, 2012

    Just when I thought I heard it all a friend sent me a link to an article in New York Magazine that proved me wrong. It showed a picture of a placenta in a pot with an umbilical swirling on top accompanied by these instructions: Step 1: drain blood and blot dry. Cook for half- […]

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    Can Uterine Rupture in VBACs be Avoided?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 02, 2012

    The topic of vaginal birth after cesarean section (aka VBAC), is in the news again. According to OB-GYN News, a recent medical study has shed some light on the dreaded VBAC complication, uterine rupture.  A uterine rupture is the opening of a previous uterine scar or incision that occurs while the uterus is contracting in […]

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    Can A Robot Get You Pregnant?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 28, 2012

    A recent article in the February issue of Ob-Gyn News described a medical study that claimed to have a great success rate of pregnancies for women who had previous infertility problems because of fibroids. Fibroid tumors are noncancerous growths in the uterus that affects 77% of women. Most women are not even aware that they […]

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    Blind and Without Feet: The Tragedy and Triumph of a Former Pregnant Woman

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 25, 2012

    Self Magazine’s article about Carol is one of tragedy and triumph. Carol never dreamed she would have a problem during her pregnancy. Yet, her feet, ring finger, sight and part of her left arm are gone. Like most pregnant women, her previous two pregnancies were uneventful (albeit nine months apart) and this one appeared to […]

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    When Breastfeeding Kills

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 21, 2012

    Maggie Jean Wortman will spend the next 6 years in prison because she breast fed her 5-week old son, Michael Phillip Acosta III. On the morning of November 21, 2010, Baby Michael was unresponsive and the stiffness of rigor mortis was already apparent in his legs and feet. CPR was not necessary. He was pronounced […]

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    Down Syndrome: Is It Wrong To Be Born?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 19, 2012

    Is it wrong to be born? That question was asked in front of an Oregon jury who responded in a resounding yes with a guilty verdict of 12 to 0 against Legacy Center for Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Legacy Lab. The jury awarded nearly 3 million dollars to Ariel and Deborah Levy for the […]

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    What Every Pregnant Women Needs to Know About Title 7

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 14, 2012

    If you’re pregnant but it’s not obvious and you’re offered a job, should you tell your new employer? This was a dilemma discussed in a recent New York Times blog. A reader was lamenting about what to do because she had difficulty securing a job for the past six months and finally received an offer. […]

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    Why Did Pregnant Teen Sue Her Middle School?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 12, 2012

    Imagine that you are 15 years old, summoned to your school gymnasium,  made to stand in the middle of an assembly while school officials announce to 400 of your classmates and teachers that you are pregnant.  Until that point, no one knew that you were pregnant except your sister. Then imagine that you’re forced to […]

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    Pregnant Women: Be Aware for Safe Care

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 07, 2012

    March 4 – 10 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, a subject near and dear to my heart. The subject reached the radar screen after a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported that over 100,000 people in the U.S. die each year from preventable medical mistakes. Many of these mistakes were due to […]

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    You’re Pregnant and Your Local Hospital Closed. Now What?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 05, 2012

    Today will be a day of mourning for pregnant women who are uninsured and receiving Medicaid in Houma, Louisiana. Their local hospital closed its maternity and neonatal units because of a $2.9 million dollar budget cut. Over 100 employees will lose their jobs, many whom have held their positions for over 20 years.  This closing […]

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    Pregnancy and Medicaid: Should You Be Forced to Name the Baby’s Daddy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 29, 2012

    The State of Wisconsin is being challenged on their policy of requiring unmarried pregnant women to identify the father of the baby in order to receive Medicaid benefits.  Once the alleged fathers are identified, the State of Wisconsin requires them to pay for the birth costs. But here’s the controversy: Wisconsin collected $19 million dollars […]

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    New Ways to Deal With an Old Problem for Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 27, 2012

    One of the greatest challenges in obstetrics is treating and preventing preterm labor that has an annual cost of 26 billion per year and is the most common reason for birth defects. In past 10 years, measuring length of the cervix has been used a tool to determine whether the patient is high-risk for early […]

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    Rick Santorum: Stop Using Pregnant Women as a Stepping Stone to the White house

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 22, 2012

    A lie unchallenged becomes the truth. While I admire GOP candidate Rick Santorum’s decision to raise a special needs child, I certainly wish he would keep his political agendas out of my exam room. Yes, it takes love and courage to raise a child with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that’s associated with severe physical […]

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    Have They No Shame? Retail Spying on Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 20, 2012

    “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn’t want us to know, can you do that?” This question was allegedly posed to a statistician (Andrew Pole) who worked for Target® back in 2002, according to a New York Times article written by Charles Duhigg, entitled “How Companies Learn […]

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    Will Your Baby’s APGAR Scores Predict Its Future?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 15, 2012

    Do you know what an APGAR score is? Well, if you’re pregnant, you should. In 1952, Dr. Virginia Apgar, an anesthesiologist, developed a system to evaluate the baby’s response to its new external environment outside of the uterus and revolutionized newborn care. The Apgar score can determine whether the newborn will need more intensive care […]

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    When Is Nausea in Pregnancy Not Normal?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 23, 2012

    Although morning sickness is the most common cause of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, other diagnoses must also be considered, particularly if you lose more than 3 pounds within a one-week period and are retching day and night. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HD) is a severe form of nausea and votiting affect 3 percent of pregnant women […]

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    5 Questions Every Pregnant Woman Should Ask Before Being Induced

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 18, 2012

    Although most women will spontaneously develop labor by their due date, there are exceptions to the rule. Some women may have to be delivered earlier because of complications such as high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, diabetes, poor fetal growth or low amniotic fluid. Other women may have to be induced because they have exceeded their due […]

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    A Former Preemie Gets a Well-Deserved Break

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 16, 2012

    There are stories that make you cheer and Samantha Garvey’s is one of them. Her light is just beginning to shine but I’m certain in a few more years its intensity will become much brighter. She entered the world prematurely, raring to begin her human experience. At only 2 pounds and 14 ounces at birth, […]

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    Boy or Girl? You Might Find Out Sooner Than You Think!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 11, 2012

    Okay future moms and dads, your dream is about to come true. The National Institute of Health has recently published an article that indicated the sex of a fetus might be able to be determined as early as the first trimester, even a few days after conception based on a blood test. That’s right, a […]

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    A Call to Action: Why All Pregnant Women Deserve “Beyonce-Care”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 09, 2012

    Celebrity is an interesting phenomenon. On a hot summer night in 1990, my chief resident (who was also my BFF) and I were on call at Harlem Hospital. We were informed that a “guest” was coming to interview us. Hot, sweaty and looking haggard rather than glamorous, we wanted to choke our director when Spike […]

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    Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs a Hero

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 04, 2012

    For years I struggled to define what I was doing as a physician regarding patient care. I finally figured it out. I was attempting to improve birth outcomes. An outcome is another way of saying end result and for most pregnant women the desired result is a healthy baby. There is an erroneous assumption that […]

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    Happy New Year: 77,000 Views Because of You

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 02, 2012

    2011 is gone but has left an indelible impression. It was the year of triumphs and tragedies.  A nine ounce baby was saved and is thriving. A 44 year old first-time mother of twins lost her life during childbirth. I received an Annual Report from Word Press® that made me humbled. This blog was viewed […]

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    An OB Nightmare: Mom Dies after Giving Birth to Twins

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 28, 2011

    It’s an obstetrician’s worse nightmare and it continues to happen on a daily basis. The story of Michal Lura Friedman brings tears to my eyes. After 7 years of trying, the 44 year old songwriter finally became pregnant –with twins. Her husband, Jay Snyder, a free-lance voice-over artist, describes the 9 months of Friedman’s pregnancy […]

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    In Honor of a September 11th Hero

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 26, 2011

    Vernessa Richard is pregnant with her first child, but it will never meet its grandfather. On September 10, 2001, Lieutenant Vernon Richards was informed that he would be promoted to Captain of New York City Engine Company 16, Ladder Company 7 in New York City.  Vernon had worked hard for that promotion and was delighted. […]

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    Happy Holidays: Reflections of a Miraculous Birth

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 21, 2011

    When I think about Christmas, I instinctively think about the miracle of birth. Four million miracles (aka births) happen in our country each year and many more occur globally. On a hot summer night in the urban community of Harlem almost 30 years ago, I witnessed my first miracle as a volunteer and was never the […]

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    Should the Life a 9-Ounce Baby Be Saved?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 19, 2011

    On August 30, 2011, Melinda Guido entered the world at 24 weeks via cesarean section and became the topic of prime time discussion.  Not only was she premature but held the distinction of being the 2rd smallest baby born in the U.S. at a mere 9 ounces, the size of a soda can. In medical […]

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    Myth: Does Stress Cause the Miscarriage of Boys?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 14, 2011

    It is said that if you want to decode the mysteries of life, observe Nature.  A recent scientific study of the effects of a 2005 earthquake on pregnant women in Chile may have proven that point. Researchers Florencia Torche and Karine Kleinhaus examined how acute stress during pregnancy can have a negative impact on how […]

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    We Are Not Surprised: Michelle Duggar Loses 20th Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 12, 2011

    Sometimes Fate has to shout in order to be heard, especially when the voice of reason is ignored. Michelle Duggar was pregnant with her 20th child to the aghast of many including this author. We squirmed in our seats. We moaned. We groaned. We blogged. The combination of Duggar’s 19 children and her advanced maternal […]

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    Stripped Searched and X-rayed While Pregnant

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 07, 2011

    Like most pregnant women Lynsey Addario was cautious and conscientious. After all, this was her first pregnancy. She called the border officials in advance to make certain that she would not have to walk through an X-ray machine when she entered a country that has been besieged by war for more than 60 years. Unfortunately, […]

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    Should We Delay Clamping the Cord At Birth?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 05, 2011

    The umbilical cord of the fetus is the lifeline to its mother. Not only does it carry nutrients from the mother, but it also removes waste products from the fetus.  The cord, as it is referred to, plays a very important role in obstetrics.  At birth, a sample of blood from the cord is obtained […]

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    Should Life Begin in an Airport Bathroom?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 30, 2011

    On a recent Sunday in the bathroom of the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, a baby boy made his entrance to life. His mother was approximately 28 weeks and delivered prematurely, however both baby and mother were healthy according to the media. Although the details of the delivery are sketchy, anyone involved in obstetrics can […]

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    If You Like Broccoli, Will Your Unborn Baby Like it Too?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 28, 2011

    As the incidence of childhood obesity rises in the U.S., Kim Trout of Georgetown University might have discovered a possible solution.  Trout, a director of the nurse/midwifery, women’s health program at Georgetown, recently reviewed a paper on prenatal flavor learning. What exactly is prenatal flavor learning? It is a concept that suggests that foods eaten […]

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    Dr. Linda Galloway Cares: Ten Helpful Ways for Pregnant Moms to Enjoy Thanksgiving

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 23, 2011

    By popular demand, we are republishing our Thanksgiving blog because the information for Thanksgiving 2010 is still relevant in 2011.  Here are a few helpful tips for our pregnant moms: Thanksgiving can be a time of reflection, family fun and unintended stress. Hopefully, all pregnant moms will spend the day relaxing while someone else plays […]

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    Can Giving Birth Make You Deaf?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 21, 2011

    Can you imagine giving birth and then immediately discovering that you couldn’t hear anyone? That you were completely deaf? That’s exactly what happened to Heather Simonsen, a mother of three who lives in Utah. Simonsen noticed after each previous pregnancy that sounds would come and go and her ears felt clogged. She saw an ear, […]

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    Alcohol: Is An Occasional Drink Really OK During Pregnancy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 16, 2011

    A recent medical study by Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff of the Children’s Research Triangle asserts that Hispanic women who have assimilated to American culture have a greater risk of having children born with fetal alcohol syndrome. According to Chasnoff , pregnant Hispanic women in San Antonio had the second highest drinking rate of 29 cities […]

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    Oh, No! Michelle Duggar is Pregnant Again

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 14, 2011

    OMG, Michelle Duggar is pregnant again.  Is she competing with the wife of Feodor Vassilyev?  Vassilyev was pregnant 27 times between 1725 and 1765 and gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. 67 children survived infancy making her the woman who had the most documented number […]

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    Greedy Doctors Are Bad News for Patients

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 09, 2011

    There is no moral victory in the conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray and let it be a precautionary tale. No, Michael Jackson is not going to be resurrected from the dead now that Murray is behind bars but I am still mourning. I mourn because of the unexpected death of my childhood icon. I mourn […]

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    Live or Die: Births by Hospital Zip Code

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 07, 2011

    A recent article about the shameful infant mortality rate in the U.S. caught my attention. Certainly the statistics quoted are nothing new but still remains alarming.  However, the Op Ed by CNN contributor Deborah Klein Walker gave the subject matter a new spin. Walker wrote “This is one of the greatest injustices in our country: […]

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    Violence: Top Killer of Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 02, 2011

    In a recent medical study, violent deaths of pregnant women outnumber traditional causes of maternal deaths such as post partum hemorrhage or pre-eclampsia . I am not surprised. In September 2010, I wrote an article entitled 7 Reasons Why Pregnancy Becomes a Deadly Affair after an 18 year old college student almost lost her life […]

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    Politicians Should Not Be Allowed to Bully Patients by Dictating Policy and Procedures

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 31, 2011

    I normally refrain from discussing the subject of abortions. In my humble opinion, it’s a private matter between a woman, her physician and her God. Have I ever performed a termination of pregnancy? No, I have not. But would I judge a woman who had one? No I would not. And let me tell everyone […]

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    Is Using Your Mothers Uterus an Option?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 24, 2011

    Infertility or the inability to have a baby can be devastating and affects approximately 10 percent of the female population. There are many conditions that prevent women from having children including and Mayer Rokitansky Kuster Hauser syndrome (or MKHS). MKHS is a rare disorder that affects a woman’s ability to conceive. At present, for every […]

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    The Ultimate Sacrifice: Refusing Chemo While Pregnant

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 19, 2011

    Stacie Crimm received the shock of her life when she discovered she was pregnant at age 41; especially since she had been informed that she could never have children. A first pregnancy after age 40, unassisted by In Vitro Fertilization is extremely rare. One might even say it was a miracle, at least Crimm thought […]

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    Miracle in Plain View: Twin Sisters Give Birth Less than One Hour Apart

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 17, 2011

    It is said that when one wants to learn the mysteries of life, observe Nature. To everything there is a season, but what are the chances that twin sisters would give birth on the same day? Alicia Teepler and Ari  Ostler are identical twins . Their own births were miraculous when you consider that there […]

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    Why Late Term Pregnancies and Marathons Do Not Mix

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 12, 2011

    The fact that Amber Miller did not fall or faint or develop complications is nothing short of a miracle. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What on earth was her physician thinking when he or she gave her the green light to half-run half-walk a 26.2 mile marathon in Chicago? Miller […]

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    Dilemma: Hospital Says Leave When You Think You Should Stay

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 10, 2011

    The story of Tanya* is compelling. She was 24 weeks pregnant with her third child and the hospital was threatening to send her home. Two years ago, she faced similar circumstances and delivered a baby at 23 weeks. Luckily, the baby is now two years old but the one before that was not so lucky. […]

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    Why Can’t Hospitals Do the Right Thing?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 05, 2011

    It’s a sad commentary when human beings have to be reminded how to act like human beings, especially when they’re in the helping profession.  Loni Hildebrandt was a 29 year old certified nursing assistant who was pregnant with her first baby. Make that two babies because she was pregnant with twins. Hildebrandt considered her pregnancy […]

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    Post Baby: Is it Safe to Use Birth Control?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 03, 2011

    It depends on the method and whether the mother plans to breast feed. Ideally, it is recommended that women abstain from sexual relations for at least 4 to 6 weeks after having a baby to reduce the risk of developing vaginal infections and of course, becoming pregnant.   Pregnant women have an increased risk of […]

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    When Knowing Better Might Save Your Life, Part 2

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 28, 2011

    In Part I of When Knowing Better Might Save Your Life, the readers were introduced to three women who died from complications of liposuction’s that were done by doctors who were neither board certified nor trained as plastic surgeons. These women made the tragic mistake of trusting our healthcare system. Unfortunately, those days are over. […]

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    When Knowing Better Might Save Your Life (Part 1)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 26, 2011

    Three young mothers under the age of 40 are dead because they wanted to be beautiful. Kellee Lee-Howard wanted a slimmer body. Ditto Maria Shortall and Rohie Kah-Orukatan. Shortall worked as a housekeeper; Lee-Howard was the mother of six kids and Kah-Orukotan died at the same place where she received manicures. What do these women […]

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    Woman With Double Uterus Gives Birth to Twins

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 21, 2011

    Imagine being pregnant and discovering that you have not one but two wombs (or uteri) and each of those wombs contains a baby. Such was the case of Andrea Barbosa of Clearwater, Florida. On September 15th, she delivered a baby boy and girl who had developed in two separate wombs. Thankfully, mother and both children […]

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    Pregnant With Terminal Cancer: A Walk in Faith

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 19, 2011

    In 2007, Melanie Jaggard went to the hospital for a punctured ear drum and was given the shock of her life. She had cancer; a very rare form that was located at the base of her brain. Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is the second most common cause of salivary gland cancer but can affect other […]

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    Help! The Baby’s Coming!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 14, 2011

    Every year there are approximately 4 million babies born in the U.S. and most will arrive in a hospital or a Birth Center. However, there are moments when this may not be the case. In the past 4 years the number of home births has increased by 20% and these births will hopefully be attended […]

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    A Miracle at 43

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 12, 2011

    There are some patients that keep you humbled. Barbara Tate was one of those patients. With a shopping list of chronic conditions a mile long, she was told she could never carry a baby because she had miscarried two during her early 20’s. She suffered the hammer blows of diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart […]

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    What Women Can Learn from the Movie “The Help”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 07, 2011

    Although Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, had been a New York Times bestseller for months, somehow it had escaped me. However after hearing all the buzz about the movie, I was determined to see it even if I had to go by myself which ultimately happened. Set in rural Mississippi during the turbulent sixties, on […]

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    The Scam of Matthew Scheidt and How it Affects You

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 05, 2011

    Did you hear about the 17 year old teen that posed as a physician assistant at a Florida hospital for five days and got away with it? Are you surprised? I’m not. It seems that Matthew Scheidt, had a summer job working part-time for a surgical supply company. He allegedly went to the Human Resources […]

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    New Rules Gives Women Reasons to Celebrate

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 31, 2011

    There was no large fanfare but there should have been as a result of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recent recommendations that require new health insurance plans to provide preventive services at no cost to the patient. That’s right. No cost. Oh, how women needed this victory in the midst of these trying, turbulent times […]

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    Will Your Labor Induction be Successful? Yes, If You Have the Right Bishop Score

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 29, 2011

    At some point during a pregnancy, the topic of labor induction might emerge. Inducing labor means that contractions are being started before a patient begins labor naturally or without any external influence. Elective inductions of labor has doubled in the past 20 years according to medical literature. Early term inductions of labor that begin between […]

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    Would You End Your Pregnancy Because of Gender?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 24, 2011

    What would you do if you discovered early in your pregnancy that you were pregnant with a girl when you wanted a boy? Would you terminate the pregnancy? With the advent of a new DNA test that can determine the sex of a fetus at 7 weeks gestation with a simple blood or urine test, […]

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    A Pregnant Teen Dies While Her Baby Fights to Live

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 22, 2011

    Charinez Jefferson’s infant son was born the day before my birthday but it was also the day that she died. The doctors kept her on life support while they frantically tried to deliver and save her baby, a scenario I know quite well. Jefferson was gunned down on a Southside Chicago street at the tender […]

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    (Featured Guest Post) Teeth For Two: Tips for Prenatal Dental Care

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 15, 2011

    Today’s post is from Guest Blogger Robert Milton. He blogs for Austin Dental Center, an Austin dentist, who specializes in cosmetic dental procedures and preventative dental care. You know the basics of good oral hygiene: Brush after every meal, avoid sugary snacks and drinks, floss daily, etc. However, what you may not know is that […]

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    Should Pregnant Women Take Painkillers?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 10, 2011

    A nurse recently asked a very important question that bears repeating: What effect does long-term use of pain pills have on pregnant women? She was concerned because of the increase in number of pregnant women who are taking pain pills on a long term basis based on previous surgeries, accidents or a history of chronic […]

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    Could Breastfeeding Kill a Newborn?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 08, 2011

    That is the question a California district attorney will ask a jury at the trial of a breastfeeding mother. Most women do not intend to harm their children but substance abuse and addiction comes with a heavy price. Such was the case of Maggie Jean Wortman, who has been charged with second degree murder after […]

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    Dr. Linda Cares: Why are More Pregnant Women Having Strokes?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 03, 2011

    According to CDC, there has been a 54 percent increase in the number of pregnant women who’ve had strokes in 1995 to 1996 and in 2005 to 2006. While this may surprise some researchers, it certainly would not surprise clinicians who take care of pregnant women who have risk factors such as obesity, chronic hypertension […]

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    Dr. Linda Cares: A Mother’s Potential Nightmare

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 01, 2011

    Last night I almost witnessed an act of violence committed by 2 college educated men and couldn’t stop shaking and crying for almost an hour after the incidence occurred. I was attending a conference with my husband and family celebrating the 100th anniversary of his fraternity in Washington, D.C. The members of this fraternity include […]

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    Pregnancy: Top 10 Ways to Reduce Labor Pain Without Drugs

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 27, 2011

    No one likes pain, least of all pregnant women. Although obstetricians do a great job providing prenatal care and childbirth deliveries, there is always room for improvement regarding patient education. The management of labor pain is usually delegated to the Anesthesia Department within a hospital or an ambulatory center. The goal of anesthesia is to […]

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    Did These Pregnant Teens REALLY End Up at Harvard and Medical School?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 25, 2011

    There are moments in life when you want to stand up and cheer. Reading about Charletta Dillard, MD was one of those moments. A few weeks ago, I blogged about the eleventh hour reprieve of the Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) for pregnant teens that was scheduled to close based on budget cuts in Detroit, Michigan. […]

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    Skin Changes during Pregnancy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 20, 2011

    When we think of skin changes in pregnancy, what immediately comes to mind are stretch marks or Striae Gravidarum . Stretch marks occur because of a breakdown of collagen, a substance that holds the skin together and is responsible for its stretching. Teen pregnant patients are more at risk for having stretch marks. Why is […]

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    What is That Dark Line on My Pregnant Belly and why is My Face Getting Darker?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 18, 2011

    Have you ever wondered what that line was down your pregnant belly but was too shy to ask? You’re not alone. There is not an organ in a woman’s body that is not affected by pregnancy and her skin is no exception. Skin is the largest organ in the pregnant body and undergoes significant changes […]

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    Dr. Linda Cares: Should Pregnant Women Sleep on Their Left Side?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 13, 2011

    A little knowledge is dangerous; especially when it relates to medicine. A recent article in the British newspaper, Daily Mirror discussed a medical study that attempted to prove there was a link between pregnant women’s sleeping positions and stillbirth. The author is of the opinion that the study was small and biased and therefore “there […]

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    A Lesson for Casey Anthony

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 12, 2011

    The jury has spoken and Casey Anthony will be released in exactly seven days. Ironically, her release from jail falls on a Sunday, when most people are communing with their Lord. I wonder if that’s an omen. Orlando is a small town, contrary to its prominent persona of tourist attractions. I should know. I’ve lived […]

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    A Journey to Motherhood via Ethiopia (Part 2)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 06, 2011

    The drive through the streets of Addis was enlightening but not surprising. The streets were crowded with the movement of brown faces, cell phones, old women in layered clothes with shawl covered heads and teenage boys wearing hooded sweatshirts and urban culture. The poverty was glaring with tin-roofed shanty towns housing people who possessed the […]

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    A Page from Dr. Linda’s Journal (Part 1)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 04, 2011

    Independence Day always reminds me of my mother whose birthday fell two days prior to the holiday. My mom made her transition almost ten years ago but in her honor, I’d like to share a page or two from my journal that describes my own experience of becoming a mother. I’m presently flying on Ethiopian […]

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    Prenatal Fitness for Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 29, 2011

    Low cost, prenatal fitness classes. What a progressive thought. The New York City Prenatal Fitness Initiative is a community model that should be replicated on a national scale. A nurse midwife, Marilinda Pascoe and Andrea Bachrach Mata, an aquatic fitness instructor founded a program that offers prenatal water exercise and yoga to low-income pregnant women […]

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    Dr. Linda Cares: Exercise and Pregnancy An Update

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 27, 2011

    Exercise while pregnant has always been a controversial issue. The days of of “eating for two” to justify inappropriate eating habits is passé. Nine years ago, The American Congress of Obstetrician-Gynecologists published guidelines regarding exercise and pregnancy. Essentially they recommended 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise each day for pregnant women in the absence […]

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    In Praise of the Catherine Ferguson Academy: The Power of Pregnant Teens

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 22, 2011

    The United States has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the industrialized world where only 33% of pregnant teens graduate from high school, so what does the Emergency Manager of Detroit do? He closes a school for pregnant young women that have a 90% graduation rate. The Catherine Ferguson Academy (CFA) in […]

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    Dr. Linda Cares: Can We Eliminate Stillbirths?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 20, 2011

    One of the most dreaded complications in obstetrics is a stillbirth that is defined as the absence of life upon delivery of the baby. There are approximately 3million stillbirths that occur each year globally and one-half million in the U.S. In developing countries, the most common reasons of stillbirths were prolonged labor, pre-eclampsia and infections […]

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    Happy Father’s Day: 10 Important Things an Expectant Dad Can Do to Help Have a Healthy Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 15, 2011

    Some of the most endearing moments I have witnessed as an obstetrician involved observing men in the labor room. There was the hip Jewish dad from Brooklyn who brought his Anita Baker tape and played it while his wife was in labor. Because she was one of my favorite artists, I was constantly in their […]

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    Do Most American Women Experience Complications During Delivery?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 13, 2011

    The answer is an astonishing, yes. The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) released a report on May 19, 2011 stating 9 out of 10 American pregnant women have complications while pregnant and during their delivery. Angela Burgin Logan was one of those women. She almost died because of pre-eclampsia but beat the odds […]

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    Actual Cases: Life Should Not Begin in a Toilet Bowl

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 08, 2011

    She was well past age 35 when she showed up in the emergency room inebriated, confused and complaining of a swollen stomach. One might ask shouldn’t she be able to tell whether she was pregnant after giving birth to so many children? Perhaps she was in denial because pregnancy had not served her well. Each […]

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    From Childless to Total Joy: Dr. Linda’s Story

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 06, 2011

    Life is about self-discovery. A few days ago, I discovered what it’s like to be the parent of an athlete. The sacrifice and joy of seeing your children excel in a gift you weren’t certain that they had until it manifests right before your astonished eyes. Checking into a hotel with children is an absolute […]

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    What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Progesterone Gel

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 01, 2011

    Of the 4 million babies born in the U.S. each year, approximately 12.3 percent of them will be premature and 3.56 percent will occur before 34 weeks. Premature birth is one of the leading causes of severe handicaps and has an annual cost of approximately $26 billion dollars. Although risk factors for preterm labor have […]

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    Memorial Day Reflections of Motherhood in the Military

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 30, 2011

    “Thank you for taking the time to write and send packages to soldiers. The items provided to me were more than any one soldier could ask for. Words cannot express the way a soldier feels, when they know that their fellow Americans support the effort put in to keeping this world and our country safe. […]

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    What Do We Do to Keep Newborns Out of Trashcans & How MTV Can Help!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 25, 2011

    Less than three miles from the community of my youth, a maintenance worker from the Walt Whitman Projects in Brooklyn, New York heard the sound of a baby crying from a trash compactor and ultimately saved its life. When I was growing up, the trash compactor was referred to as the Incinerator Room because trash […]

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    Shameful Ob-Gyns Who Refuse to See Obese Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 23, 2011

    How does one teach compassion? Either you have it or you don’t. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times made me cringe. In South Florida, fifteen ob-gyn practices out of 105 polled said that would not take care of a pregnant woman who weighed more than 200 to 250 pounds. The article goes on […]

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    Gestational Diabetes: New Changes; New Challenges

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 18, 2011

    Approximately 2 to 5% of pregnant women are affected by gestational diabetes and trying to adequately treat them can be challenging at best. The diagnosis of diabetes is made between 24 and 28 weeks by giving a 1-hour glucose challenge test where a patient is given 50 grams of glucola, a sweet, syrupy drink and […]

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    Keep Politics Out of Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 16, 2011

    “But for the grace of God go I.” My late aunt drilled that value into my six-year old head and it has never left. An article regarding a New York politician recently caught my attention. When New York State enacted a bill to ban the shackling of pregnant prisoners, a New York State Assemblywoman objected. […]

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    Shift Changes in a Hospital: Pregnant Moms, Please be Alert!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 11, 2011

    At one time, a hospital would be called a 24-hour institution but now it’s a business. Within this business are shift workers that include nurses, technicians, clerical staff and even hospital employed doctors who are now called hospitalists. In a teaching hospital resident physicians also work in shifts so the responsibility of patient care is […]

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    Farewell, Adriana – A Phenomenal Woman

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 09, 2011

    There are two types of physicians who practice medicine: those who choose medicine as a career and those who medicine chooses to serve. When you are called to serve, your relationship with patients extends beyond a 15 minute boundary. Such was the case of my relationship with my patient, Adriana Echeverri Tucker. Adriana was 38 […]

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    Fake a Teen Pregnancy and the Media Will Come Calling

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 04, 2011

    Gaby Rodriquez will have her fifteen minutes of fame in the national media because she faked a pregnancy for 6 ½ months as a “social experiment” in her Yakima Valley high school. Only her high school principal, her mother and 20-year old boyfriend were aware that Rodriguez was not pregnant, her teachers, high school peers […]

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    Why Itchiness During Pregnancy Should Not Be Ignored

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 02, 2011

    If a pregnant woman finds herself scratching and itching during the third trimester, these symptoms should not be ignored. Each year, approximately 0.1 to 15% of pregnant women are affected by a liver disorder called Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy or (ICP). ICP patients tend to develop symptoms of itchiness of their hands and feet that […]

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    10 Things Every Mother Needs to Know before Her Newborn is Discharged from the Hospital

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 27, 2011

    As insurance companies become more aggressive regarding restricting care in the name of profit, patients will have to be more proactive in order to avoid unnecessary and preventable complications. You’ve just had a baby 24 hours ago and the hospital wants to send you home. Is your baby ready to leave the hospital? Here is […]

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    Is Severe Morning Sickness a Reason to Terminate a Pregnancy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 25, 2011

    Although morning sickness affects 75 percent of pregnant women, only 3 percent are affected by a severe form of morning sickness called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). HG is associated with severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and significant weight loss. A blog post entitled Woman Has Abortion to Stop Morning Sickness describes Claire Barwell, a mother of two […]

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    Old OB Drug Causes New Problems for Pregnant Moms

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 20, 2011

    The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a new warning about a medication that has been used for years and it has sent shock waves throughout my specialty. Terbutaline is an FDA approved medication that is used for asthmatic patients or patients who have significant narrowing of the airways. However for years it has been […]

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    The Tragedy of Lashanda Armstrong: Postpartum Depression or the Medea Syndrome?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 18, 2011

    The tragedy of Lashanda Armstrong gives us reason to pause and reflect. The human spirit can become so fragile and delicate, that the slightest external assault can create cracks of imperfections that eventually break like shattered glass. Lashanda Armstrong was a 25 year old mother of four children, ages 10, 5, 2 and 11 months […]

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    Are Twins Considered a High Risk Pregnancy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 13, 2011

    Twin pregnancies have always kept me in wonder and awe, especially at the time of a delivery. At present, they represent 33% of all live births and their numbers are rising thanks to the increase in older women who are successfully conceiving through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Fertility drugs account for a 70% increase in […]

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    The Savage Family’s Journey from Sorrow to Joy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 11, 2011

    Olympic winner and motivational speaker, Jim Stovall once said “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.” In September 2009, I wrote about a blog about Carolyn Savage, a 40 year old woman with a poor obstetrical history. Savage married her college sweetheart and had an uncomplicated first pregnancy. However, her […]

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    Could the Tragedy of Patricia Garcia Have Been Avoided?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 06, 2011

    In the wee hours of the morning, Patricia Garcia took her last breath and made her transition. Her death was not a total surprise, she had almost died before. Garcia was 39 years old and the mother of an 11-month old son name Josiah who had made his entrance three months earlier than expected because […]

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    A Moral Victory for Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 04, 2011

    This post is written as a follow-up to The Hijacking of Pregnant Women. It is said that sometimes you have to rock the boat in order to shift the course of progress. Well today pregnant women have reason to celebrate. The winds of change are apparent. Bowing under pressure, K-V Pharmaceutical Company reduced the price […]

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    10 Rules of Engagement Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 30, 2011

    I read an article in my local newspaper the other day that gave me reason to pause. The State of Florida intends to hand over 3 million Medicaid patients to managed care companies who will reduce payments to physicians and hospitals. In exchange for accepting these low payments for professional services, doctors are guaranteed through […]

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    Why Do Pregnant African American Women Die Four Times More Than Others?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 28, 2011

    When we hear about maternal death, we immediately think of a third world country but in reality, 2 to 3 women die every day in the U.S. from pregnancy and childbirth. Unfortunately, African American women are affected disproportionately and are four times more likely to die than anyone else. The tragedy is that at least […]

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    New Drug Warnings for Breastfeeding Moms

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 23, 2011

    Periodically, the FDA publishes drug warnings that should be shared with the public, especially if it affects pregnant women. Each year, over 4 million babies are born in the US and 43% will continue to be breast fed at 6 months. All of these moms will invariably use meds at some point after birth, so […]

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    NICUs Do Not Need Gatekeepers! Shame on the State of Texas

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 21, 2011

    What is wrong with the state of Texas? Have they no heart? Why is it that at the time of fiscal crisis, it’s always the “little” people whose services are eliminated first? The “little” people in this case would be babies who are either born sick or premature. The New York Times article, In Search […]

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    A Difficult Goodbye: Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway’s Courageous Exit

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 16, 2011

    To everything there is a season and mine comes to an end today. For 8,736 weeks I attempted to give quality care to my patients. The task was not always easy especially when most of my patients held the unenviable position of having a high risk pregnancy and receiving Medicaid or being uninsured. Babies have […]

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    The Hijacking of Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 14, 2011

    So, here we go. Yet another slap in the face by big Pharma.  Something is fundamentally wrong when a company charges $1,500.00 for a $10.00 drug that will not only save the lives of human beings but also reduce the annual $26 billion dollar cost of premature births. Hydroxy progesterone caproate, marketed as Makena, has […]

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    Sacrificing Patient Care in Order to Make a Living Part 2

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 09, 2011

    Did you ever love something or someone so much that you had to walk away because it hurt too much to stay? That’s how I feel about medicine. From the moment I saw my first delivery, I was hooked and there was no turning back. Perhaps I’m highly offended at our present state of affairs […]

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    Sacrificing Patient Care in Order to Make a Living (Part 1)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 07, 2011

    My profession has been “outed” by the New York Times’ articleTalk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns Instead to Drug Therapy, by Gardiner Harris and I am breathing a sigh of relief. It’s about time the public knew the repugnant truth. Harris describes how psychiatrists no longer perform talk therapy because of changes in how much […]

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    Should Pregnant Women be Exposed to Paint?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 02, 2011

    I came across an article the other day that I’d like to share with my readers. It’s about paint and pregnancy. Yes, that paint; the kind that you put on a canvass or slap on your walls. Did you know that paint is made of pigment particles in a liquid base called a medium? Oil […]

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    “You Saved My Baby’s Life” When Words Touch Your Heart

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 28, 2011

    I was greeted by those words during a patient’s recent post partum exam and was both gratified and humbled.  A potential disaster was avoided and her pregnancy had a happy ending. Katina* (name changed) had registered for prenatal care early so when her blood pressure was a little “different” at 32 weeks, the change was […]

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    What Infertility Patients Should Know About Gestational Carrier (or Surrogate) Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 23, 2011

    On any given day, 15 percent of U.S. couples will discover that they are not able to conceive. As a former infertility patient, I can personally attest to the earth-shattering emotions that many patients experience. But all is not lost. Motherhood can be attained through the gift of adoption or Gestational Carrier Pregnancy (aka Surrogate […]

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    What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Postpartum Hemorrhage

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 21, 2011

    Having a baby can be a beautiful thing until something goes wrong. The tragedy is that many high-risk conditions can be managed appropriately if the patient is cooperative and the healthcare provider is competent and well trained. Unfortunately, almost 600 pregnant women die in the U.S. each year from complications and the most common complication […]

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    Life Should Not Begin at the Bottom of a Toilet

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 16, 2011

    Here we go again. Jessica Blackham was at a circus performance and suddenly became ill. She went to the bathroom, started bleeding, ended up at a hospital and then developed amnesia when questioned about what happened. Simultaneously, a cleaning crew at the South Carolina arena found a newborn baby with his feet in the water […]

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    The Importance of Diagnosing Birth Defects

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 14, 2011

    Birth defects, (especially those of the blood vessels) account for the majority of infant deaths, especially after the first week of life. Congenital heart disease (CHD), meaning defects of the heart is responsible for one-third of deaths between birth and the first year of life. Therefore, the diagnosis of CHD is critical in order to […]

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    Why the Story of Mareena Silva is Important: Playing it Safe During the First Trimester

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 10, 2011

    The story of Mareena Silva, a 19 year old pregnant woman who was mistakenly given a medication that could have caused a miscarriage is a precautionary tale of why it’s so important to be vigilant during pregnancy. Silva was prescribed an antibiotic at six weeks gestation. Although the name of the antibiotic was not given, […]

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    What Every Pregnant Women Needs to Know About Group B Strep

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 09, 2011

      February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month and a discussion about the prevention of Group B Streptococcal infection (GBS) is necessary because it is the leading infectious cause of illness among newborns in the United States. Untreated GBS can cause serious infections including meningitis and bacteria in the blood stream of newborns. The good […]

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    Beat Her Until She Has a Miscarriage

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 07, 2011

    In less than six months after writing Seven Reasons Why Pregnancy Becomes a Deadly Affair , the public outrage is faint and inaudible regarding domestic violence committed against pregnant women. The subject therefore has to be revisited again. On a college campus, less than 90 minutes away from my home, a 17 year old woman […]

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    Labor Room Crisis: Is Yours on the Verge of Closing?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 02, 2011

    When our country starts closing obstetrical units in hospitals because they “cost too much” money to operate, pregnant women need to start running for cover and their babies are in serious trouble. Such was the case of the most recent casualty, South Seminole Hospital, a 200-bed hospital, that’s located within 30 minutes of my neighborhood. […]

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    10 Things Your Doctor Should do to Help Improve Your Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 31, 2011

    A perfect pregnancy is an admirable goal but not always realistic, despite the efforts of all concerned. As pregnancy becomes obtainable in high risk patients, the desired goal will no longer be a perfect pregnancy but the best possible outcome. For example, if a patient is obese, her physician or midwife is obligated to discuss […]

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    How Secure is Your Hospital Nursery?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 24, 2011

    No longer living in New York, I received no less than three emails and phone calls from good friends and colleagues regarding the story of Carlina White, the 23 year old woman who was kidnapped from a New York City Hospital and then miraculously reunited with her birth parents. White was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital, […]

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    Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs to do a Background Check, Part 2

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 19, 2011

    Although the journey to a healthy pregnancy and delivery begins with the selection of a healthcare provider; the challenge is to find the right one. This is the person who will be in charge of your pregnancy up until the time of the delivery, so it certainly is not a casual date. For the next […]

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    Why Every Pregnant Woman Needs to do a Background Check, Part 1

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 17, 2011

    One rotten apple . . . we all know the cliché but it becomes dangerous when that apple ends up in a position of responsibility and authority. Thank goodness those apples are far and few between in obstetrics but when they emerge, disasters are not far behind. Such was the case of Melissa Halladay who, […]

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    The Poetry of Labor

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 12, 2011

    Art imitates life and there is nothing more hilarious that art imitating a woman in labor. I “stumbled” upon this incredible video and was in awe. Thea Monyee and her husband, GaKnew Rowel are talented young poets who share their parenting experience at a Def Poetry session in Los Angeles. What amazed me is the […]

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    Do You Know the Secret Language of Newborns?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 10, 2011

    Every day I learn something new from my patients and last week was no exception. As I writer, I revere the spoken and written word which allows creativity that is only limited by the boundaries of our imagination. Science, especially quantum physics, has taught us that there is a world that exists beyond the physical […]

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    Five Dead Babies: A Lesson in Nebraska Politics

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 05, 2011

    When the Nebraska lawmakers voted to end Medicaid prenatal care for approximately 1500 women their unborn babies paid the ultimate price.   Any labor room hospitalist who is responsible for the care of unassigned pregnant women will tell you that it is far easier to take care of pregnant women who have had prenatal care than […]

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    Six Ways to Prevent Cesarean Section Complications

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 03, 2011

    Although I’ve been a proponent for prevention of medical errors for years and wrote a book to address those issues, I think my ob-gyn colleagues are finally catching on. Dr. Patrick Duff of the University of Florida’s Ob-Gyn department wrote an article in the December issue of the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal that caught my […]

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    The Circle of Life

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 29, 2010

    The holiday season is a time of both joy and sorrow. Tomorrow a childhood friend will be laid to rest; one of my favorite artists, Teena Marie, died unexpectedly two days ago and at least six other people have made their transitions as well.  My own father died unexpectedly on Christmas Eve in 1981 leaving […]

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    First Celebration, then Tragedy of a Pregnant Mom on Facebook®

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 27, 2010

    The story of Shana Greatman Swers is bittersweet. She meets the love of her life through a Jewish dating online service; becomes engaged 8 months later and connects with her friends through the social media network, Facebook.®  At 35 years old, Shana becomes pregnant and provides updates to her friends. Her story should have had […]

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    Reflections of a Miraculous Birth

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 22, 2010

    When I think about Christmas, I instinctively think about the miracle of birth. Four million miracles (aka births) happen in our country each year and many more occur globally. On a hot summer night in the urban community of Harlem almost 30 years ago, I witnessed my first miracle as a volunteer and I was […]

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    What Vanity Fair Needs to Know About Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 20, 2010

    When my publicist informed me that one of my blog posts was put on the Top Worst Top Ten Lists by a columnist at Vanity Fair magazine, I was initially shocked and then slightly annoyed. Brett Berk, a columnist for Vanity, felt that my Top Ten Creative Ways to Announce Your Pregnancy was too focused […]

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    Pregnant Teacher Stops a Fight But Loses Her Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 15, 2010

    When a pregnant woman goes to work and ends up with a dead baby, something is terribly wrong. Lissedia Batista was a 27 year old Spanish teacher who taught at Exploration Academy in the Bronx and was sixteen weeks pregnant. Given today’s economy, I’m certain that Batista was grateful to have a job with the […]

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    Are Pregnant Snorers at Risk For Gestational Diabetes?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 13, 2010

    A recent medical study reported a fairly unique finding:  pregnant women who snore frequently are at an increased risk for developing gestational diabetes. The Associated Professional Sleep Societies (TAPSS) reported that 24 percent of habitual snorers had an official diagnosis of gestational diabetes as opposed to 17 percent of nonsnorers. As gestational diabetes affects 4 […]

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    In Praise of Elizabeth Edwards, Champion of Healthcare Reform

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 08, 2010

    Image by http://www.ksvoboda.com The day Elizabeth Edwards announced that she had breast cancer, my heart sank. Finding a lump in the breast only heightens the suspicious that the prognosis may not be good and in Elizabeth’s case, it wasn’t. We all admired Elizabeth for different reasons. In my case, it was her love for healthcare […]

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    An Unexpected Pregnancy Loss and a Tearful Goodbye

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 06, 2010

    I will never forget her radiant face on the first day of her prenatal visit. Brianna* was the mother of a 2-year-old, pregnant with her second child and bubbling with excitement. Her medical history was not complicated and she was young and healthy. I gave her an order for a routine ultrasound so that we […]

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    Insurance Companies and Pregnant Women: A Tale of Disrespect

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 01, 2010

    Women that own individual healthcare policies, please take note. Should you become pregnant in the future, your individual healthcare policy might not cover your pregnancy. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times by Michelle Andrews was revealing. Andrews described the plight of a North Carolina biology teacher who subsequently left teaching after the birth […]

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    7 Things Pregnant Women Need to Know About Total Body Scans

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 29, 2010

    While it is important to support our country’s national security, there has to be a voice of reason.  In Christmas of 2009, a 23-year-old terrorist hid an explosive device in his underpants that went undetected because of its nonmetallic ingredients and the world was never the same again. The Department of Homeland Security shipped 385 […]

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    Ten Helpful Ways for Pregnant Moms to Enjoy Thanksgiving

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 24, 2010

    By popular demand, we are republishing our Thanksgiving blog because the information for Thanksgiving 2009 is still relevant in 2010.  Here are a few helpful tips for our pregnant moms: Thanksgiving can be a time of reflection, family fun and unintended stress. Hopefully, all pregnant moms will spend the day relaxing while someone else plays […]

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    Dental Fillings and Birth Defects; What Every Pregnant Mom Needs to Know

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 22, 2010

    Although the first trimester of pregnancy is sacred, there will be patients who will encounter problems at that time. During the first trimester, the brain and the central nervous system develops from 6 to 10 weeks, a time period commonly known as organogenesis. Therefore, to minimize the risk of developing birth defects, medications and invasive […]

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    New Hope for Pregnant Teens in Foster Care

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 18, 2010

    When teen pregnancy is in the news, it usually involves something dismal. Although the pregnancy rate for US teens has decreased by 2 percent in the past 2 years, teen pregnancy still presents challenges. The problem is compounded further when the teen mom is in foster care. Unless one has been in foster care or […]

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    Pregnancy after Age 45 is a High-Risk Dilemma

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 15, 2010

    As more older women attempt to beat the biological clock and conceive, they are at a greater risk for developing birth-related complications. For women over 45, there is less than a 1% chance of getting pregnant using their own eggs. Successful pregnancy for women over 45 is nearly always the result of In Vitro Fertilization […]

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    Can a Pregnant Mom Give Her Unborn Child a Food Allergy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 10, 2010

     Can a pregnant manipulate her diet and avoid giving her unborn a peanut-based-allergy?  At present the answer is no according to medical studies but the concept holds promise for the future. Approximately one percent of our US population is affected by peanut allergies whose symptoms range from mild itching to full blown asthma and life-threatening […]

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    How Do You Teach a 10-year-old How to Push Out a Baby?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 08, 2010

    When we think of 10-year-old girls, we usually envision them as children playing with dolls or doing some other child-like activity. The very last thing we fathom is a 10-year-old having a baby. Yet, the international media reported such a case in Spain. A 10-year-old Romanian girl delivered a 6-pound-4-ounce baby in a hospital in […]

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    14 Fun Things Pregnant Women Can Do This Fall

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 03, 2010

    As we say farewell to Daylight Savings, there is still time to appreciate autumn before winter and the hectic holiday season begins. A mental break from mundane routines and mandatory obligations is sometimes the best medicine of all.  Pregnant women should do small but meaningful tasks as they prepare for that sacred moment.  Here are […]

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    Facebook®, Farmville and a Dead Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 01, 2010

    When Mark Zuckerberg founded the social media phenomena Facebook® in 2004 no one expected it to be the backdrop of a murder. But indeed it is. On approximately February 5, 2010, a Duval County grand jury indicted 21-year -old Alexandra Tobias on charges of murdering her 3 month son, Dylan. She allegedly shook him so […]

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    Incarcerated Pregnant Women Treated Poorly

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 27, 2010

    Incarcerated pregnant women are back in the media again because of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) October 2010 Mothers Behind Bars Report. The report looked at how each state treated incarcerated pregnant women and then graded them according to certain standards. According to the report, there are more women in the U.S. behind bars […]

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    How to Have a Healthy Baby Despite Having Epilepsy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 25, 2010

    Although less than 1 percent of pregnant women have epilepsy or a seizure disorder, careful attention is necessary in order to have a healthy baby. Ideally, epileptic patients should receive counseling prior to becoming pregnant and begin taking folic acid to avoid the development of neural tube defects. The American Congress of Obstetrician-Gynecologists’ recommended dose […]

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    5 Reasons Why is it Important to Receive Early Prenatal Care?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 20, 2010

    There are many reasons why some women wait until the 11th hour to show up for prenatal care and all of them are equally frustrating. For teens, it’s fear and sometimes denial that they’re even pregnant. For women with several children, it becomes more complicated. They know that they need to see a professional but […]

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    How to Avoid Conveyor Belt Medicine

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 18, 2010

    This Sunday morning I awoke on a mission. I loaded my children in the car, went to church and stood in front of the altar asking my pastor and congregation to pray for our country’s healthcare system. Of late, I’ve been disheartened and weary. My mammoth burden needed to be turned over to a Higher […]

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    7 Ways a New Mom Can Prevent Sudden Infant Death

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 13, 2010

      October is SIDS Awareness Month and hopefully everyone will take notice. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between the ages of one month to one year in the United States and African American and Native American infants are affected two to three times the national average. […]

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    What Every Pregnant Cashier Needs to Know in Order to Protect Her Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 11, 2010

    Is your job hazardous to your pregnancy? It might be if you work as a cashier. One more thing has now been added to a pregnant woman’s list of concerns. Recent articles have reported that pregnant women who work as cashiers have an increased risk of exposure to a hazardous chemical called bisphenol A or […]

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    Pregnancy Should Not Mean Life-Interrupted

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 06, 2010

    Those of us from the Boomer Generation can recall the days of “shotgun” marriages and “Home for Unwed Girls” when a teen became pregnant. In some cultures, pregnant teens were sent “Down South” to live with an extended relative until after the baby was born and then reintegrated back into their community. For unmarried college […]

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    Can Life in a Pregnant Womb Cause Adult Diseases?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 04, 2010

    With the advent of 3-D and 4-D, ultrasound, we “see” the behavior of the fetus in much more detail but research of its life in the womb can now predict how it will affect our health as an adult. Fetal origin research is a hot topic of discussion that was discussed in this Sunday’s New […]

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    7 Reasons Why Pregnancy Becomes a Deadly Affair

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 29, 2010

     The New York Times had a recent article about 18 year-old Jeffrey Knox, a college football player who was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after she informed him that she was pregnant. He allegedly cursed, slapped and choked her the night before in front of a university dormitory. Fortunately the young woman lived. There […]

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    The Moral Dilemmas of Pregnancy

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 27, 2010

    It is a well known fact that pregnancy is a specialty of the unexpected but sometimes what’s “unexpected” has nothing to do with the clinical condition of the patient.  Two years ago, a male partner with two pregnant girlfriends both attended my clinic. They were due within weeks of each other; aware of each others’ […]

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    Will Maternity Leave Kill Your Career?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 22, 2010

    An article by Jane Hansen of The Sunday Telegraph, “Maternity Leave Will Kill Your Career, Recruitment Companies  Warn Women” deserves a pregnant pause. What happened to the sanctity for human life or have corporations really sunk to the lowest level of decency? Hansen interviewed executive recruiters who are of the opinion that taking 12-months off […]

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    Is Seafood Safe for Pregnant Women?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 20, 2010

    Fish was never my favorite food as a child. I gagged daily when my mother gave me cod liver oil and was embarrassed when my Jamaican father would insist on keeping the heads on fish when we shopped at a fish market. In my dad’s culture, it was common to drink “fish-head” soup because it […]

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    Why Pregnant Women in Labor Need Not Suffer in Pain

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 15, 2010

    Whenever a pregnant woman lists “no pain medication” in her birth plan, I cringe and then urge her not to be stoic. Women who are not in pain tend to progress better in labor, contrary to myths and fabrications. According to medical studies, labor can cause pain similar to an amputated finger. The American Congress […]

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    Trash Cans Were NOT Meant to Hold Babies

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 13, 2010

    I shook my head in sad recognition as I read the story about a newborn baby found in a trash can at a Filipino airport. The baby was found by the cleaning crew inside the toilet trash bin of a passenger jet that had landed from Bahrain. Gratefully, an airport physician examined the baby, rushed […]

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    What is a Cerclage and Can it Help Pregnant Women with a Weak or Short Cervix? (Part 2)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 08, 2010

    In Part 1, the reader learned Cervical Insufficiency is a weakness of the cervix that sometimes requires a Cerclage. However, do all women with cervical lengths less than 25 mm require a cerclage? If a “short” cervix is found by coincidence during a routine ultrasound, should a cerclage be ordered? The answers to both questions […]

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    What is a Cerclage and Can it Help Pregnant Women with a Weak or Short Cervix? (Part 1)

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 06, 2010

    Although the cervix is supposed to hold a pregnancy until term things sometime go wrong.  Women can lose an otherwise healthy baby because of a weak or short cervix. When cervical tissue becomes weak, this condition is known as Cervical Insufficiency (CI) and affects approximately 0.1 to 2% of all pregnancies. Women who have a […]

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    Do Pregnant Women Expect Perfect Babies?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 01, 2010

    What is a perfect baby and who defines it? In this month’s issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, (aka “Gray Journal”), Drs. Chervenak, Laurence, McCullough, and Brent wrote a very thought provoking article with a complicated title: The perils of the imperfect expectation of the perfect baby.   The authors allege that […]

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    Is Shackling Pregnant Inmates During Labor Justified?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 30, 2010

    The article by Carolyn Sufrin, End practice of shackling pregnant inmates brings back memories of my own encounters caring for incarcerated pregnant women while working in a public health arena. Although the patients violated the law, many of their crimes were self-inflicted involving drug use, violations of parole and at times, petty or grand larceny.  […]

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    A Pregnant Woman’s Greatest Gift

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 25, 2010

    The cultures of indigenous people teach us how to respect the earth and obey the laws of Nature. Nature can teach us so much about life if we only had the wisdom to listen. A first-time pregnant mom was understandably nervous at the beginning of her pregnancy. After a few prenatal visits, she became calm […]

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    Are Resort Maternity Rooms REALLY Necessary?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 23, 2010

    Pretty is as pretty does. It’s an old adage my mom used to say but still holds true. An article in the Orlando Sentinel discussed how hospitals have deep pockets regarding providing amenities for maternity patients as a means of soliciting “business.” One hospital spent $112 million dollars on its new all women’s facilities. Its […]

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    The Best is yet to come for Pregnant Moms

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 18, 2010

    Yesterday marked the anniversary of my birth and as the years march on, I become more reflective. I wish I could thank the obstetrician who brought me into the world via C. Section because I was a butterball who weighed over 9 pounds. My poor mother had been in labor for over 8 hours when […]

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    Amniopatch Brings New Hope for Moms with Premature Rupture of Membranes

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 09, 2010

    The National Medical Association’s 2010 Convention and Scientific Assembly hit a home run again. From July 31st to August 4th, over 5,000 physicians convened at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida to learn updated information regarding their craft. One of the most innovative topics of discussion in our Ob-Gyn section meeting was given by […]

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    Home is Where the Heart Is

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 04, 2010

    I read an article the other day about rap star Eminem’s sojourn back to his “rough” childhood neighborhood to obtain inspiration and could completely relate. On August 7, 2010, approximately one-hundred or more former residents of the Marcy Housing Project in Brooklyn, New York will convene for a well-organized “family” reunion. The excitement is palpable. […]

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    Nightmare Finally Ends for a New Blind Mother

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 02, 2010

    Since when is it a crime to be blind? Shame on the State of Missouri. The abduction of Erika Johnson’s newborn by the Missouri state authorities for 57 days is a precautionary take for all disabled mothers. Johnson and her partner, Blake Sinnett are the proud parents of Baby Mikaela who was born at Centerpoint […]

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    What Every Pregnant Women Needs to Know About Mortgage Discrimination

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 28, 2010

    Okay, so now they’ve gone too far. Pregnant women are now denied home loans for mortgages because of their pregnant status. Yet another rung to add onto the ladder of maternal distress. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was an amendment added in 1978 to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet, despite its 32-year history, […]

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    Fighting an Uphill Battle on Behalf of Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 26, 2010

    When you’re constantly fighting for people to do the right thing, something is terribly wrong. One of my best friends called the other day in a state of despondency. Her patients needed to have a C. Section and the anesthesiologist was acting like a jerk. The patient had two previous successful VBACs but this time […]

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    Why is Magnesium Sulfate a Super Hero for Pregnant Women?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 21, 2010

    A dear friend of mine has a quote that bears repeating: “in simplicity, there is genius.” Such can be said about the mineral compound, magnesium sulfate (commonly known as Epsom salt). In the world of obstetrics, magnesium sulfate or “mag” sulfate ranks high as an invaluable tool that has helped both obstetricians and their patients […]

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    Pregnant at 70, Has IVF Gone Too Far?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 19, 2010

    The day I discovered I couldn’t bear children will remain embellished in my mind. It was raining and I was attempting to be punctual for my HSG procedure so I drove a little faster than normal. After failed attempts to conceive during the past six years, I opted to take a repeat HSG procedure to […]

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    Reasons Not to Mess with a Breast Feeding Mom

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 14, 2010

    When you antagonize a breast feeding mom, be prepared for the consequences. The Orlando county government learned that quickly when 20 mothers organized a “nurse-in” protest in support of a breast feeding mother.  Celena Chavez, along with three other mothers was forced to stop breast feeding in a public park. As they sat in a […]

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    Pregnant Woman Almost Died Before Her Doctor Would Listen

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 12, 2010

    Every time I want to retreat from medicine, stories Like Angela Burgin Logan’s  give me reasons to press on.  Angela almost died having a baby because her physician was too careless to listen. Stories like Angela’s is what inspired me to write The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy. I saw too many “near-miss” […]

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    What Every Pregnant Woman Should Learn From Alicia Keys’ Tumble

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 07, 2010

    Stilettos and pregnancy is not a good thing. Who is Alicia Keys’ obstetrician? Had it been me, she would have received the infamous lecture I’ve been given my patients for years: the curvature of a pregnant woman’s is exaggerated and there is an increased risk of falling – especially in a pair of high-heels. Alicia […]

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    Why Pregnant Moms Should Trust Their Instincts

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 28, 2010

    Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Darline Turner-Lee, the owner of Mamas on Bed Rest. Darlene had reviewed The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy and was taping our interview for her podcast (click http://bit.ly/bby1rC). During the interview, Darline asked what I thought the most important thing pregnant women should […]

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    How Pregnant Women Can Avoid Birth Complications at Night

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 23, 2010

    A recent Dutch study (see Birth Complications More Common at Night) of over 700,000 births revealed that newborn deaths and complications occurred more often at night which came as no surprise. In a make-believe- world, everyone would have a baby before the end of the day-shift in a fully-staffed hospital manned by people who are […]

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    What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know about a 2-Vessel Umbilical cord

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 16, 2010

    The umbilical cord of a fetus is an amazing organ that provides important information regarding fetal well-being. A cord that is too long can either develop a knot or end up wrapped around the baby’s neck. A cord that is too short can cause the placenta to separate too soon causing what’s known as a […]

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    Shame on British Petroleum!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jun 09, 2010

    While helping my 9 year old son prepare for his science exam, I received a jolt of reality: our planet is comprised of 70 percent water. The debacle of British Petroleum has the ghastly potential of contaminating more than two-thirds of our beloved planet.                 Louisiana was my home for four years after I completed […]

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    Should Pregnant Women Take Sleeping Pills?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 26, 2010

    Insomnia or difficulty falling asleep can affect pregnant women and is usually seen during the last four weeks of pregnancy. It usually occurs because hormone levels mimic menopause and resolves after the baby is born. In extreme cases, some healthcare practitioners will prescribe sleep aids such as Ambien® or its generic form, Zolpidem on a […]

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    A Nurse’s Courage

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 10, 2010

    In celebration of Nurse’s Week, I’d like to share an inspiring story about a nurse with whom I work with, Beth Ann Hedrick, RN, BSN. To look at Beth today, you would never know that she is a breast cancer survivor who had a battle with death and won. My first encounter with Beth was […]

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    What Every Pregnant Mom Needs to Know About Shoulder Dystocia

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 03, 2010

      Although most pregnant women anticipate a normal, uncomplicated delivery, there are exceptions to the rules. A shoulder dystocia is one of the more frequent complications in the delivery room and unfortunately there is no sure-fire way to predict it.       A shoulder dystocia means that extra maneuvers must be done to deliver the baby’s […]

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    Stand Up For Abbie Dorn!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 28, 2010

    The story of Abbie Cohen Dorn (Severely Disabled, Is She Still a Mom?, LA Times, April 11, 2010) brought tears to my eyes and sadness in my heart. Abbie is a 34-year old mother of triplet boys whose former husband will not allow her to see them because she has a severe disability caused by […]

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    Top Ten Things to Know About Your Baby’s First 24-Hours of Life

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 21, 2010

    The wail of a baby’s first cry brings a sigh of relief to most new mothers.  After being confined in the uterus for approximately 280 days, life on the outside finally begins. The first four to six hours of life is called the transitional period and represents the time that most babies are examined every […]

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    Nadia Bloom is Alive: A Lesson in Miracles

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 14, 2010

    There are triumphs in life worth celebrating and Nadia Bloom’s rescue was one of them. Earlier this morning, WFTV’s “breaking news” reported that Nadia was found alive by a member of her church.  Members of the Metro Church in Oviedo, Florida formed a prayer circle and asked God to lead them to Nadia. They explored […]

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    Have You Seen Nadia Bloom?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 12, 2010

    The recent disappearance of 11-year-old Nadia Bloom has affected me personally.  Perhaps it’s because she’s a schoolmate of my children and I’m viewing this tragedy through the eyes of a mother. The last time my children saw Nadia was right before spring break at the school’s annual “Field Day” picnic where children compete in athletic […]

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    Doctors Perform C-Section on a Non-Pregnant Woman

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 07, 2010

    Last week the Internet was replete with stories regarding two North Carolina obstetricians who performed a c. section on a non-pregnant woman (see ABC News).  Sadly, mistakes of this magnitude occur more often than the public is made aware to the detriment of both unsuspecting patients and unsupervised resident physicians. Residency training is a pecking […]

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    Top Reasons Why Pregnant Women Faint

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 29, 2010

    At some point during her pregnancy, a patient might complain of dizziness or “fainting.” However, the challenge is to determine whether if this is an isolated incident or does the patient need additional tests? True fainting (or syncope) means that there has been a temporary loss of consciousness and the patient is no longer standing. […]

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    Can We Please Show Our Military Moms-to-Be Some Love?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 24, 2010

    Why does everything in healthcare have to be so complicated? You would think that the pregnant wife of a Navy seal would receive more respect. While her husband defends our freedom in unknown parts of the world, the bureaucratic knot controlling her healthcare pulls tighter. The patient had a previous life-threatening illness and is greatly […]

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    Physicians Will Quit? Why Now?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 22, 2010

    The Basil and Spice article, Doctors Will Quit Under New Healthcare Proposals (http://bit.ly/chWnEu) really touched a raw nerve. The author, Dr. Jeffrey English, an Atlanta neurologist proposed that physicians will “quit” because of government healthcare involvement. Dr. English, with all due respect, please speak for yourself. The time for physicians to “quit” was when the […]

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    A Love Letter to My Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 21, 2010

    The Russians have a saying: “One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down.” Representative Kosmas, as a constituent in your 24th Congressional District and as a public health physician, thank you for having the courage to vote for healthcare reform. I know this was a difficult journey and that your professional career is […]

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    Humbled by 100 Blogs!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Mar 01, 2010

    Approximately one year ago, I wrote my first blog post. By training I am a physician, but writing has always been in my heart.  Blogging was a new path in my life’s journey, taking me in an unknown direction. I knew I had something to say, the question was: would anyone listen? Well, to my […]

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    Three Things Every Pregnant Women Needs to Know About Pre-eclampsia

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 22, 2010

    Patients do not come in neat little packages with straight forward pregnancies nor are their complications obvious. Some pregnancies are complicated not only by health issues but social issues as well. Take Karen* for example. She was considered mentally “slow”. Her parents gave her up at the age of eight and she subsequently grew up […]

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    Why Didn’t You Protect Her? 11 Years Old & Pregnant!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 17, 2010

    As the Academy Awards draws near, the movie Precious is receiving plenty of buzz. Based on a novel written by Saphire, it tells a sordid tale of a 16 year old teen that is pregnant for the second time by her absent father. Unfortunately the story of Precious is not confined to a novel or […]

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    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 15, 2010

    02.15.10 What Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know About Seatbelts and Airbags Posted in Mothers, Ob-Gyn, pregnant women tagged ACOG, airbags, National Highway Traffice and Safety Administration, pregnant women, seatbelts at 11:34 am by drlindagalloway Whenever one of my patients asked me to write a note excusing her from wearing a seatbelt so that she can […]

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    A Message to the Supporters of Michelle Duggar!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 10, 2010

    It seems I’ve rattled quite a few cages regarding my recent blog on Michelle Duggar (please see http://bit.ly/a11gxv) so I want to set the record straight for the 1,022 people who viewed this blog. Although I was prepared to write about a completely different topic, I feel a response to Duggar’s supporters is warranted. One […]

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    Three Tips the Duggars Need to Know Before Becoming Pregnant Again

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Feb 03, 2010

    02.03.10 Posted in Hospitals, Mothers, Ob-Gyn, Pregnancy, health insurance, pregnant women tagged babies, conception, druggars, father, Mothers, Pregnancy at 10:16 am by drlindagalloway  The Universe is speaking to Michelle Duggar and hopefully she’ll take a moment to listen.  Duggar is a 43 y.o. housewife whose life is chronicled on TLC’s TV reality series, The Duggars.  […]

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    What My Plumber Could Teach Physicians

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 27, 2010

    01.27.10 What My Plumber Could Teach Physicians Posted in  It happened again. Another lost soul in the last three weeks of her pregnancy found her way into my office. Although they had been together since her first trimester, he dumped her during the most vulnerable stage of her pregnancy. No, not her boyfriend; her Ob-Gyn provider.  […]

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    Who’s the Baby’s Daddy?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 26, 2010

    Former U.S. Senator John Edwards’ admission of paternity regarding a child not conceived by his wife brings to mind Ruth Padawer’s New York Times Magazine article, Who Knew I was NOT the Father, published a few months back. Padawer described the dilemma of Mike L. whose DNA proved he was not the biological father of […]

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    A Defeat That Should Have Never Happened!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 20, 2010

    I hope someone out there is just as outraged as I am. Sixty U.S. Senators cut deals instead of doing the will of the American people and now we’ve lost Ted Kennedy’s seat. This is what happens when politicians don’t stand on their principles and our President wavers like the wind. We never wanted healthcare […]

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    Top Ten Creative Ways To Announce Your Pregnancy!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 18, 2010

    Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for years or immediately became pregnant after the first try, how do you tell your loved ones when that moment finally arrives? Listed below are ways that patients have shared regarding announcing that special news: Invite your husband and/or family to a restaurant and then ask the server to […]

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    An Unbelievable Tale Of Revenge

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jan 14, 2010

    Just when I think that I’ve seen and heard it all, I read yet another bizarre story that proves me wrong.  Last month CNN reported a story about a woman who had attempted to end her rival’s pregnancy Woman Tried to End Rival’s Pregnancy, Prosecutor Say in a most deceptive way. Kisha Jones was arrested […]

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    Every Eight Seconds a Baby is Born: A Love Letter to Pregnant Moms

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 30, 2009

    According to Answers.com, there is a baby born in the U.S. every 8 seconds, a figure that is both staggering and exhilarating.  As an obstetrician, my greatest desires is for all 11,803 babies born each day to arrive healthy and safely. I would like to dedicate my last blog post of 2009 to all the […]

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    A Dog and a Baby

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 28, 2009

    One of the most phenomenal stories regarding babies that I ever heard was reported on CNN in May 2005 and in the May 30, 2005 edition of Jet Magazine. “A newborn baby abandoned in a Kenyan forest was saved by a stray dog who apparently carried her across a busy road and through a barbed […]

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    An Open Letter to Pres. Obama and Democractic Senators

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 19, 2009

    I’m a physician, a Columbia University graduate, and I supported you for President. However, this watered-down “healthcare” bill is TRAGIC!! Not only is this a gift to the insurance companies but I will now have to pay triple premiums because I have a “pre-existing condition.” I’m extremely disappointed in you! Our House of Representatives had […]

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    Senator Joe Lieberman: An American Mercenary

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 16, 2009

    There is no silver lining in the healthcare bill that Senator Joseph Lieberman proposes. Special interests have won once again. The late Senator Ted Kennedy is probably rolling over in his grave and I sit in front of my TV in stunned silence. Why are people so fearful of change? And why are Senators sacrificing […]

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    Health Care Reform: An Unkept Promise

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 07, 2009

     When I heard the final Senate version of the healthcare reform bill, I had a complete meltdown (please see An Open Letter to President Obama). I had been sucker-punched by people who I thought I could believe in and it was clear that the democratic process had been replaced by corporate agendas.  Louisiana Senator Mary […]

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    A Painful Lesson For Tiger Woods

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Dec 02, 2009

    Someone should have taught Tiger Woods how to do the media dance; I had to learn the hard way. Although our Florida neighborhoods are only 30 miles apart, our paths will certainly never cross. However, what Woods and I DO have in common is our public visibility. As a public health employee, my life is […]

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    Top 12 Gifts for Expectant Mothers

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 27, 2009

    In celebration of the Holidays I present: The Top 12 Gifts for Expectant Mothers 1) A maternity/Nursing Bra Every expectant mother will want and need one of these bras we like Bravada Designs Body Silk Nursing Bras http://tinyurl.com/5r478n 2) Depending on how far along your mom 2 be is you may want to invest in […]

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    Top Ten Ways for Pregnant Women to Enjoy Thanksgiving

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 25, 2009

    Thanksgiving can be a time of reflection, family fun and unintended stress. Hopefully, all pregnant moms will spend the day relaxing while someone else plays chef, hostess and caregiver. However, if that is not an option, here are some useful tips that will help you enjoy the day to its fullest extent. Try to cook […]

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    A Day in the Life: The Humble Gift

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 23, 2009

    Every time a baby is saved I am grateful to Boston University for my acceptance into medical school.  Hollywood can keep its Academy Awards; my “Oscars” are healthy babies. A few months ago, a patient in her early third trimester came for a routine prenatal visit. Her vital signs were good, the baby’s heart rate […]

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    The Tragedy of Shaniya Davis

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 18, 2009

    Some things in life simply defy logic. Was it a drug deal gone bad? Hatred for her daughter’s Caucasian father? An Attachment Disorder? Extortion? Jealousy? Guilt?  Functional illiteracy? I’m trying to fathom what would make Antoinette Davis allegedly exploit her five-year-old daughter as a prostitute? Shaniya Davis is now dead, and I’m mad as hell. […]

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    Why A Fetal Monitor is NOT a Toy!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 16, 2009

    Shame on the companies who sell fetal diagnostic equipment to the lay public in the name of profit! They should be hung upside down and left to dry. The New York Times article, The Risk of Home Fetal Heart Monitors (by Tara Parker-Pope) tells a precautionary tell of a woman who purchased a fetal home […]

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    The Betrayal by Congresswoman Kosmas

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 06, 2009

    No, I’m not psychic, but I can spot a snake-in-the grass when I see one.  The procrastination and fence-sitting of Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas regarding healthcare reform were red flags that she clearly had another agenda.  She never had intentions of fulfilling the “will of the people” and “represented” no one but herself. The Orlando Sentinel […]

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    FDA Gives Green Light for Unapproved H1N1 Meds!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 04, 2009

    The panic continues. The FDA had granted the use of unapproved drugs in the treatment of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza virus. Through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the experimental drug, Peramivir has been allowed to treat hospitalized patients with H1N1 influenza that includes pregnant women, babies and children up to age 17. Peramivir is not […]

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    Drowned Pregnant Woman Brought Back to Life!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Nov 02, 2009

    Every day we look in the mirror, see our reflections but are not astute enough to recognize that we are viewing a miracle. However, Sade Davis knows otherwise because she is pregnant and was technically dead. (See Paramedics Bring Drowned Pregnant Woman Back to Life, NBC News, Keith Garvin and Matthew Stabley). Davis is a […]

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    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 23, 2009

    [gigya width="210" height="108" src="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/BTRPlayer.swf?file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eblogtalkradio%2Ecom%2Fplaylist%2Easpx%3Fshow%5Fid%3D707122&autostart=true&bufferlength=5&volume=100&borderweight=1&bordercolor=#999999&backgroundcolor=#FFFFFF&dashboardcolor=#0098CB&textcolor=#FFFFFF&detailscolor=#FFFFFF&playlistcolor=#999999&playlisthovercolor=#333333&cornerradius=10&callback=http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlashPlayerCallback.aspx?referrer_url=/show.aspx&C1=7&C2=6042973&C3=31&C4=&C5=&C6=" quality="high" wmode="transparent" menu="false" allowScriptAccess="always" ]

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  • SMART Tips on Reversing a Denied Health Insurance Claim

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Oct 07, 2009

    I’ve had more than my share of frustrations in the past when I’ve had to battle insurance companies about needed services for my patients that were either denied or “not covered.”  My daily intake of blood pressure pills is a constant reminder of the stress that accompanies my job.  However, I have recently looked at […]

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    Dedicated to My Congresswoman Susan Kosmas: The Ultimate Fence Sitter

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 30, 2009

    I politely ask my readers to please indulge me while I have this private rant.  You see, every day I go to work within a challenging healthcare system while my Congressional representative plays games on Capitol Hill. The good congresswoman to whom I elected appears to be sitting on the fence. Yes ma’am, I’m talking […]

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    Mother Becomes Pregnant With the Wrong Baby! The Ultimate Nightmare

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 28, 2009

    The MSNBC story, Wrong-Embryo Baby’s Parents Laud Guardian brings to mind a line from Tina Fey’s movie, Baby Mama: “Life is messy.” Fey plays the character of a thirty-seven year old woman who was informed that she only has a million-in-one chance of conceiving because of an abnormal uterus. She hires a surrogate who unknowingly […]

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    The Deeper Meaning of Jay-Z and Some Thoughts For Pregnant Women

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 21, 2009

    I’m not a great fan of Hip Hop, but I do appreciate the enchantment of the spoken word. Of late, there’s been a lot of discussion regarding Hip Hop artist, Jay-Z’s latest CD and his interview in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. My interest in Jay-Z does not lie in his musical talents, but rather his […]

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    Here is a Method That is Helping Moms 2 Be!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 16, 2009

    SMART Tips for Taking a Hospital Labor and Delivery Tour One of the most magnificent moments in a woman’s life occurs in a hospital delivery room, yet most women do not take advantage of viewing the location in advance. Many hospitals offer free tours of their labor and delivery suites, and expectant families should take […]

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    Who Else Wants Affordable Healthcare?

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 14, 2009

    Did you see it? The makings of history? Oh what a joyful sight! After sixty years of several failed attempts, maybe we’ll finally get it right. It took the courage of a leader to venture down the road less traveled. Despite the hate, propaganda and vitriolic behavior, President Obama stood firm, like many of us […]

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    What Every Woman Ought to Know About Dollar Store Pregnancy Tests!!!

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 09, 2009

    I love my local dollar stores. It’s one of my favorite places to shop when I want to reward my sons inexpensively and have fun in the process. My husband often calls me the “queen of the deals” because saving money always gives me an adrenaline rush. So imagine the rush I felt when I […]

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    “It’s Flat-Out Stupid”

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Sep 08, 2009

    “It’s flat-out stupid” said renowned author Thomas Friedman on last Sunday’s Meet the Press and I couldn’t agree with him more.  The firestorm regarding President Obama’s speech to school children is tragic.  I guess some people would rather see their children dig ditches or flip hamburgers than pursue an education that would unshackle chains of […]

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    President Obama, Please Rock the Boat

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 19, 2009

    Image by Getty Images via Daylife President Obama, don’t even try it.  If you think that eliminating the public health option would enhance healthcare reform, please think again.  There IS no reform without the public health option despite the deceit and spin.  First you eliminate the single-payer plan, then the universal health plan and now […]

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    The Soundtrack of Ignorance

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 05, 2009

    Disrupted town hall meetings.  Congressmen lynched in effigy. Haters in full bloom.  The reason for the discourse?  Healthcare reform.  If special interest groups are that desperate to disrupt legitimate town hall meetings through premeditative protests and Rent-A Mobs then I say please, call Security.  We have been down this road before.  The Brooks Brother Thugs […]

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    Channeling Eleanor Roosevelt

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Aug 02, 2009

    The American people are not descendants of the infamous Chicken Little so please stop telling us that the sky is falling.   The reckless tales spun by those who want “more of the same” regarding healthcare reform make me want to reach for an emesis basin and regurgitate my lunch.  There IS no agenda to withhold […]

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    A Drastic Message

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 26, 2009

    Lightening struck our home two days ago and I’ve been reeling ever since.  While in the midst of preparing dinner as my sons showered and my husband changed clothes, it began to pour buckets of rain.  The sky suddenly grew dark, thunder rolled and then we heard a massive explosion followed by a flash of […]

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    Smart Pearls for Pregnant Mothers

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 23, 2009

      I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember thanks to my late Aunt Dot, who instilled this passion at an early age.  She would proudly tell her friends that I had been reading the New York Times since the age of 8.  While I don’t know how true that is, I do have […]

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    A New York Train Ride

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 14, 2009

    Just when I thought I had recovered from Michael Jackson’s death, my cousin sent me a link to a YouTube video that had me wailing as a beautiful scene unfolded.  My meltdown and sobbing weren’t tears of  sadness but an expression of gratitude regarding the splendor of the human experience. As a native New Yorker, I […]

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    In Search of the Golden Rule

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Jul 11, 2009

    The People Magazine article, A Deadly Affair, (Bill Hewitt and Amy Green) describes a tragedy that should have never happened:  The murder of Steve McNair by a girlfriend who shot him four times in the head and then committed suicide.  Steve was also a married man.  What the heck is going on?  I didn’t know […]

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    A Bumpy Ride

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 24, 2009

    Image via Wikipedia Five single-payer protestors arrested.  And so it begins.  MSNBC’s Ken Strickland reported the arrest of five protesters at a Senate hearing on healthcare reform.   Why am I not surprised?   It seems the Senate Finance Committee had a roundtable discussion with “experts” but declined to invite physicians or nurses. So, they invited themselves. 25 […]

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    Swine Flu and High-Risk Pregnancy: A Precautionary Tale

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 09, 2009

    It seems we’re not completely out of the wood yet. Unfortunately, the second US victim of the H1N1 swine flu virus was a pregnant woman. Judy Dominguez Trunnell was a 33-yeard old special education teacher from Cameron County, Texas that lies on the US/Mexico border. CDC reports that she was admitted to the hospital at […]

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    A Pop Quiz for Pregnant Moms

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 09, 2009

                    In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’d like to share a few pearls from my book, The Smart Mother’s Guide® to a Better Pregnancy.   Those who orbit my universe know how impassioned I am about babies.  Crazy would probably be a better term.   I cringe when a newborn is admitted to the NICU because someone […]

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    Miraculous Babies

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 09, 2009

    As my high school photography teacher, Mr. Bieber would say:  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Kristy Alley might grace the cover of the May 18th issue of People Magazine but the most poignant photo was on page 79.  Joanne Fowler’s article, When Miracle Babies Grow Up, demonstrates what every obstetrician and neonatologist prays […]

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    Kudos for Senator John Kerry

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 07, 2009

    The comments regarding Jacob Goldstein’s Health Blog in the Wall Street Journal made me want to run for cover.  His article, Health Insurance May Stop Charging Women More Money evoked the haters on the Right to come out in full force.  Goldstein discussed Senator John Kerry’s proposed new legislature, The Women’s Insurance Fairness Act.  This […]

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    A Mother’s Decision

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway May 04, 2009

    Just when I think I’ve heard and seen it all, something pops up that proves me wrong.  Both Amy Gates” article, Home birth advocate’s baby dies during free birth:  Do you blame or show compassion?  And Cate Nelson’s Unassisted childbirth one woman’s story, gave me reason to pause.   Both journalists discuss the March 27th death […]

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    Decisions Made From the Heart

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 08, 2009

    Celean Jacobson’s article, “Madonna’s African Adoption Part of Growing Trend,” (Associated Press, April 1, 2009), caught my attention, but not because of celebrity.   My husband and I became the proud parents of two Ethiopian sons after being childless for eighteen years.   When I studied infertility during medical school, I had no idea that I would […]

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    An Unexpected Goodbye

    Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway Apr 08, 2009

                    When the loved one of a pregnant woman dies, the baby within her womb becomes more sacred.  In my 21 years of practicing obstetrics, I have witnessed this over and over again.  While interviewing a patient the other day I had to pause and reflect.  The nurse’s note stated that she had been feeling […]

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"A Healthy Pregnancy Doesn't Just Happen, It Takes A Smart Mother To Know Just What To Do!"

Linda Burke-Galloway, M.DLinda Burke-Galloway, M.D., is a board-certified ob-gyn and author of The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to Minimize Risks, Avoid Complications, and Have a Healthy Baby Dr. Burke-Galloway graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1987. She did her ob-gyn residency training at Harlem Hospital, a Columbia University teaching hospital. She recently completed a one-year graduate program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is certified in Clinical Informatics. Dr. Burke-Galloway’s passion for babies inspired her to provide quality healthcare to medically underserved women, many of whom had high-risk problems. She is an expert at recognizing red flags in pregnancy that can cause undesired outcomes if not caught in time. Dr. Burke-Galloway is also a healthcare consultant and expert for the federal government in medical malpractice reviews, risk management and quality care issues. She is a sought after pregnancy expert for several media outlets (including AOL, Lifescript.com, New Parent Magazine, HollywoodLife.com, Pregnancy Magazine, the Pre-eclampsia Foundation and Disney’s Baby.zone). She has been a guest on CNN with host Elizabeth Cohen. She loves to share her expertise in the name of helping pregnant moms and healthy families. She is also the proud mother of two amazing sons.

 

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