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A Midwife’s Tips on Making a Birth Plan

When you’re preparing for the birth of a child, it’s pretty common to have high expectations. Many women believe they will be admitted to the hospital, assume the “birth goddess” position and quickly deliver a healthy baby. It will be a beautiful, miraculous, Facebook-worthy event, free of missteps and stress. Read More »
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Why Would I Need a Hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is the second-most-common surgery for women — behind only C-sections. Each year, 600,000 women undergo this procedure, which removes the uterus and cervix. Why would your physician recommend hysterectomy? Past and current health conditions that may lead to a hysterectomy include: Uterine fibroids – Benign tumors located in the uterus, fibroids affect approximately 30 to 40 percent of women during their lifetime. Read More »
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Vitamin D and Me: Sharing Lessons I Learned

This is the first in a series of blog entries from Avera Medical Group Certified Nurse Midwives. Recently I was told I had a vitamin D deficiency, I was in shock. I had been living in Southern Georgia, where we had an average of 214 days of sunshine a year. Read More »
Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health

CuddleCot™ Allows Precious Moments with Late Child

Megan Bartel was in the last weeks of her pregnancy, when one day at work she didn’t feel the normal kicks of her active baby. She knew something was wrong but was praying for the best. Her doctor delivered the devastating news that her unborn son no longer had a heartbeat. Read More »
Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health

DEXA Scans: Part of Your Bone Health Routine

Osteoporosis is a sneaky condition; there are no symptoms of pain, fever or lumps to warn you that your bone density is slipping away. “You can go your whole life without realizing your bones are changing,” said Leah Prestbo, MD, family medicine physician at Avera Medical Group. Read More »
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late pregnancy

Tips From the Pregnant Midwife

Following a full day of work including postpartum rounds and full clinic schedule, supper with the family, bath and tucking our three children into bed it was finally time for me to kick my feet up and relax with my husband.  Read More »
Women's Health and Pregnancy · Avera Health