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High-Risk Pregnancy? Reduce Your Risks With Early Action

The term “high-risk pregnancy” sounds frightening. But the good news is that healthy behaviors and early testing can help you stay out in front of problems with your pregnancy. You actually have a chance to reduce some of those “high risks.” A high-risk pregnancy usually has at least one out of these issues: A disease the mother already … Read More

4 Reasons for New Moms to Gather in Support Groups

Krista Afumbom came home from the hospital ready to devote herself to first-time motherhood and care of her new baby daughter. With her husband at work during the day and family far away, though, the Lakewood, Ohio mother felt alone and exhausted. “In the beginning when you bring home a new baby, it’s very isolating,” … Read More

Best of Both Worlds: A Natural Birth in a Hospital

Krista Afumbom’s birth experience took an unexpected harrowing turn but ended with the safe delivery of her healthy son. She intended to have a natural, drug-free birth as she did with her first child, Abigail. One evening at home, Ms. Afumbom started having contractions that grew in intensity. She tracked the increasing frequency of her … Read More

Preparing for Your Baby Boy: The Circumcision Decision

Young Abigail Afumbom has been looking forward to having a new baby brother for many weeks. It won’t be long now. But when her parents learned she would have a brother, they faced an important decision. Should he be circumcised? The family can’t wait to meet the new baby. Krista Afumbom’s mother-in-law, a retired midwife … Read More

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Sex During Pregnancy: Answers to Your Questions

Sex during pregnancy is safe for most women – and can be great at certain points along the way. And not so great at other times. When Krista Afumbom goes to bed these days, the last thing on her mind is sex. After 37 weeks of pregnancy, she just wants to sleep. Between having sciatica … Read More

Baby on the Way: Use These Tips to Prepare Siblings

At 37 weeks of pregnancy, Krista Afumbom is ready for her baby to arrive. And the Lakewood mother of one and husband Ferdinand are working to make sure daughter Abigail is also ready when baby brother Kai arrives. “We’ve been talking about him for a long time,” Ms. Afumbom says. “We’ve been talking about him … Read More