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Every year between 8,000 to 10,000 people are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP). This is a disorder that affects the brain and causes motor deficiency. Palsy refers to paralysis. The majority of cerebral palsy cases are considered “congenital”, meaning the brain damage occurred before or...

The definition of preeclampsia (sometimes called PIH or pregnancy-induced hypertension) is a condition in pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, sometimes fluid retention and proteinuria. Preeclampsia generally happens at 20 weeks of pregnancy but in some cases,  this happens earlier or after delivery. Approximately 5%...

In order to develop properly, the fetus must exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with mom. Oxygen travels through the mother’s heart, lungs, uterus, and placenta finally making its way through the umbilical cord and into the fetus. When the mom exhales, she is releasing carbon dioxide, including what the...

So, what is a birth plan? This is a document that lets your doctors/nurses know what your preferences are for things such as managing your labor pain, etc. Now just because you have this plan in writing doesn’t mean you are in control; it just means your team...

During labor/delivery doctors use special equipment to monitor the baby’s heart rate. This is important so it can detect any variation from the normal pattern. A normal fetal heart rate is a good indication that labor is progressing well, and the baby isn’t in any apparent distress. Although you...