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Are breast pumps covered by my insurance?

I recently was giving my dear friend a baby shower present when she said to me, “I am so thankful that you shared with me the information that my insurance company could pay for my breastfeeding pump!” She proceeded to tell me, “I was actually questioned why I didn’t have a breast pump on my [...]

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Part 1: Being prepared when you are expecting

Expecting a child?  What great news this is…with it brings a multitude of things to-do: get the baby’s room ready, buy a car seat, pick out a name, etc.  Don’t forget to think about the financial implications of having a baby…and one important “to-do” is to contact your insurance company to find out what you [...]

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Keys to breastfeeding success: Part Three

Written by: Jojean DeMaa, Lactation Consultant Agnesian HealthCare is proud of our high breastfeeding initiation rate.  85% of women who deliver their babies at Agnesian HealthCare start breastfeeding as compared to the national average of 76.9% in 2009. The trend to exclusively breastfeed, especially with the need to return to work is a struggle many moms are confronted [...]

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Keys to breastfeeding success: Part Two

Written by: Jodi DeMaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC and Rita Parker, BSN, RN, IBCLC of Agnesian HealthCare Agnesian HealthCare provides a free monthly breastfeeding class, educating couples prenatally. These classes are taught by one of our internationally board certified lactation consultants. After delivery, a lactation consult will make a hospital visit to each of our breastfeeding moms. Once returning [...]

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Keys to breastfeeding success: Part One

Written by: Jodi DeMaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC and Rita Parker, BSN, RN, IBCLC of Agnesian HealthCare As parents, we often make decisions that affect the lifetime health of our children. As expectant parents, one of the first critical decisions we make is how to feed our infant. Growing scientific research has proven repeatedly new and interesting characteristics [...]

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Is CPR on your new parent safety checklist?

Written by: Terri St. Lawrence, Community Health Program Coordinator As a new parent, you probably have hundreds of checklists. There’s one for how to decorate the baby’s room and another for what needs to go in the diaper bag. How about a safety checklist? It’s a list of things you can do to keep your [...]

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FAQ: Does exercise help relieve menstrual cramp pain?

Written by: Brita McCullough, M.D. A: Great question! The answer is yes, exercise can help to ease the pain of menstrual cramps in women. Exercise relieves cramps because it helps your body release beta-endorphins, which are internal opioids. Internal opioids are a substance produced in the brain that acts as a natural pain reliever for [...]

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Pelvic congestion syndrome…what is it?

Written by:  Brita McCullough, MD Pelvic congestion syndrome is a medical condition in women caused by varicose veins in the lower abdomen. The varicose veins may develop from prior pregnancies or for unknown reasons. The presence of estrogen in the body can cause vasodilation which can result in the accumulation of blood in the veins [...]

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Endometrial Ablation

Written by: Kristen Witkowski, MD Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure that destroys the innermost layer of the uterine lining, also known as the endometrium. This is the layer that is shed during menstruation. This procedure is typically used to treat abnormal or dysfunctional uterine bleeding during a women’s menstrual cycle and is used as [...]

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Pap Smear Testing Q & A

Written by: Lisa Michels, RN, BSN Q: I heard I do not need a pap smear once a year anymore, but instead once every two years. Is this true? A: There is no definitive answer to this question. It depends on your age and health history. While most women can follow the guidelines below, it [...]

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