Ask Sofia: Should I choose a childcare center or nanny?
The daycare decision for working parents can be one of the most stressful to make. Nanny? Childcare center? Or a little bit of both? It is smart to start brainstorming options fairly early on in your pregnancy, since many centers will have wait lists for newborn spots.
Ask Sofia: How much does it cost to have a baby?
If you live in Minnesota, you will likely pay somewhere between $6,000 and $15,000 to have a baby, according to FAIR Health’s state-by-state data. The survey showed that Minnesota was 31st in the nation for delivery costs, with vaginal birth ranging from $6,000 to $11,000 (with vs. without insurance) and C-sections ranging from $8,800 to about $15,000, again the first figure showing a delivery with healthcare insurance and the latter without insurance. The cost with insurance reflects the full hospital bill and out-of-pocket costs would vary based on the insurance plan.
Supporting a Friend through Infertility or Pregnancy Loss
While more women today are open about their struggles with infertility or pregnancy loss, it is still hard to find the right words when one of your friends or loved ones shares her challenges in getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month can open our eyes and hearts wider to these issues: 1 in 8 couples has difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Clay: Doctor and Dad on His First Father’s Day
The evening before Aaron’s birth, Nicole and I both got food poisoning. We both had a rough night, and in the early morning, Nicole was feeling particularly awful despite drinking lots of fluid and walking around the apartment for a few hours. I kept recommending we go to the hospital for some IV fluids and […]
Ask Sofia: How long do I stay on birth control?
If your birth control is working for you, without any issues or side effects, you can likely continue it until you reach menopause or no longer need birth control, with some exceptions.
Originally developed to help young cancer patients who wanted preserve the possibility of having biological children after treatment, fertility preservation is the process of saving eggs or sperm for potential future use. In addition to cancer patients, it is chiefly used by women with endometriosis, fibroids, genetic issues affecting fertility or autoimmune diseases as well as those who delay having children for personal reasons. With advances in technology and medicine, more and more fertility preservation options are available today.