Thursday, February 21, 2019
All you Moms out there probably know the importance of a good nights rest. Without it, we are more cranky, irritable, and our mental health suffers. There is something called “sleep hygiene” that I recommend to all of my patients, young and old, who are having trouble sleeping.  This is usually the first step your doctor will...
I have received hundreds of messages and emails from mama’s out there asking me about sleep training!  The topic has been very popular, so I've decided to devote the week of February 10th to "Dr. Mom's Sleep Week."  As a family doctor, I often get asked "how much sleep does my baby need."  The amount of sleep that we need changes throughout...
Childbirth is an incredible physical accomplishment for the female body! Women work hard to grow, carry and birth their babies and approximately 1 in 4 women experience pelvic floor symptoms because of it. In a vaginal birth, the work of pushing brings the baby down from the uterus, through the vaginal opening in the pelvic floor muscles, and into the world....

Breastfeeding Struggles

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How Can I Prevent Cervical Cancer: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)?

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Postpartum Exercise

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Everything you Need to Know About the Flu, the Flu Shot, and Common Myths

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Difficulty Conceiving? What are the Causes of Infertility

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Postpartum Depression: Are the “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression the Same Thing?

As a physician, often ask my post-partum patients “how are you feeling emotionally?” Naturally, many women experience strong emotions after having a baby. Some women say they feel overwhelming...

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How can I get a good night’s sleep, and avoid insomnia and sleep deprivation?

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Postpartum Pelvic Floor Health

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How much sleep does my baby need: What is sleep and how does it change throughout life

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Sexually Transmitted Infections: what are gonorrhea and chlamydia

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