Expecting a child is one of the greatest moments in a person's life. However, there is always a chance that birth defects can occur. While there is no way to avoid congenital disabilities altogether, with January being Birth Defects Prevention Month, we thought it would be a good time to share some things that you can do to decrease the chances of your child being born with a birth defect.
Expectant mothers have a lot of things to think about with the imminent arrival of their baby — safe sleep, childcare, names, and how they will choose to feed their child. Many mothers decide on breastfeeding as it creates a natural bond with their newborn child, helps protect their child from illness, and is the healthiest food for an infant’s developing gut.
Taking proper health precautions such as going to regular check-ups and receiving vaccines is part of any good preventative health regimen. Though taking these measures is even more important when you are pregnant in order to protect your baby.
August marks Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which was officially declared in 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee. And, while awareness for breastfeeding was officially introduced in 2011, both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Voyage Healthcare have been advocating for it for many years.
Kathryn G. Flory, M.D. and Leslee J. Jaeger, M.D., both OB/GYNs at Voyage Healthcare and physician partners for 27 years, recently traveled to Haiti to volunteer for a medical mission week. While they were working at the hospital performing gynecologic surgeries, a woman presented to the maternity unit with severe hypertension and pre-eclampsia.