RESOURCES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
Dr. Linda's Calling and Credentials
Each one of us has a calling to do something extraordinary if we have the courage to try. I am the great-great-great granddaughter of a slave midwife who passed down her incredible gift of birthing to me for which I am grateful. Do not ignore that quiet voice that whispers in your ear inspiring you to do something you think you cannot do. You CAN do it.
Trust, believe and then move your feet down the path that lies in front of you. The journey might be challenging but oh is the successful arrival, ever so sweet.
The CDC’s Hear Her campaign seeks to raise awareness of potentially life-threatening warning signs during and after pregnancy and improve communication between patients and their healthcare providers.
“A woman knows her body. Listening and acting upon her concerns during or after pregnancy could save her life.”
— Dr. Wanda Barfield, Director of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health
WHAT EVERY SMART MOTHER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT PRE-ECLAMPSIA
Pre-eclampsia is a condition that involves high blood pressure, swollen feet or ankles and protein in a pregnant woman. It can occur anytime after 20 weeks but usually develops in the third trimester and affects up to 7.5% of pregnant women worldwide. Click here for the free download: What Every Mother Needs to Know About Preeclampsia.
I'm passionate about preventing maternal deaths and the health of pregnant women, and I am honored to represent your unique point of view.
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THE SMART MOTHER'S GUIDE TO A BETTER PREGNANCY
How to Minimize Risks, Avoid Complications, and Have a Healthy Baby
From conception to birth and beyond, this helpful guide teaches expectant mothers and fathers how to avoid preventable medical errors and have a successful childbirth experience.
The guide includes tips on how to investigate healthcare providers, what to insist on for a high-risk pregnancy, how to recognize and avoid labor-room problems, why “keepsake ultrasounds” are dangerous, how to cope with insurance companies that refuse procedures ordered by providers, and how to make a hospital accountable during admission.
FROM THE SMART MOTHER'S BLOG
A recent JAMA Pediatrics article revealed startling facts backed up with reliable statistics: pregnant women evicted from their homes have a higher incidence of low weight babies. Low-weight babies equal increased NICU admissions and higher health expenditures to the annual sum of $26.2 billion.
Dr. Michael Silverstein and colleagues compared records of over 10,000 pregnant who were evicted with nearly 79,000 pregnant women who did not face eviction and noted the disparity regarding birth outcomes. These findings should not be surprising because the expectant mother's food insecurity equals the food insecurity of her unborn child.
The importance of social determinants (SDH) related to health is established in previous studies. While there are ongoing efforts to improve health disparities related to pregnant women, there is much more to do.