What is a Midwife?

By , March 27th, 2014 | News, Pregnancy, Uncategorized, Women's Health | 0 Comments

Jessica Good, Certified Nurse Midwife, Renown Health 

A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is a person who received a Masters degree specializing in taking care of women, both during and outside of pregnancy. Nurse Midwives are also qualified to take care of newborns in their early life.

Typically, midwives are nurses first. The schooling takes two to three years and midwives must be certified in order to practice, meaning they have to all meet the same standards. Midwives are different than doctors in that they are with expectant mothers during labor and are present for more of the labor experience. In addition, CNMs help the moms-to-be with a lot with …

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Babies’ BM’s

By , January 9th, 2014 | Infant Care, Parenting, Toddler Care, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

A baby’s stool is often a topic of concern for many parents. How many should they have, what color should it be, is it too loose, is it too hard? Here are a few rules of thumb to help answer some of these common questions.

A breast fed baby will typically have watery, mustard yellow-colored stools several times a day during the first several weeks. As their digestive system matures, the stools become less frequent and tend to get thicker. Formula fed babies usually will have thicker, less frequent stools from the very beginning. Every baby is different however, so if they don’t follow these patterns, it …

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Early Puberty in Girls

By , December 3rd, 2013 | News, Nutrition, Parenting, Teens, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Chelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

In the United States, the average age for girls to start puberty has been known to range anywhere from five to 13 years old. However, over the past several years, it seems that more and more girls are starting to show signs, such as breast development or pubic hair growth, even before the age of eight. One U.S. study showed that up to 10% of Caucasian girls and 23% of African American girls are showing signs of puberty by age seven. Some even argue that as young as six years old in the African American population may be considered normal because it …

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