THE SMART PREGNANT MOTHER IS EMPOWERED WITH INFORMATION

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

The Death of Baby Cairo: A Case Study in Implicit Bias

 

Cornell Gunter’s Twitter feed read, “My son is gone. @Orlando Health killed my son.”

 

I stared at the tweet in disbelief. Orlando Health? The one in my community? The one where retired Residency Director, Dr. Steve Carlan managed most of my high-risk pregnant patients with compassion, laser-beam focus and clinical excellence? THAT Orlando Health?

 

On April 21, 2021, 4-day old Cornell Gunter left this earth, although he should have remained. The chronology of events that his father, Gunter, documented are chilling:

 

04/17/2021 Gunter’s fiancé arrives at Orlando Health triage at 11:55 p.m. with complaints of decreased fetal movement x 10 hours at 40 weeks.

  • The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists recommend induction of labor at 39 weeks to reduce adverse outcomes.

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