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What Can Fathers Expect During Labor and Delivery?

Many first-time fathers do not know what to expect when preparing for the birth of their child. It may seem very overwhelming, intense and complicated when thinking about the birth process. You may have your own worries and concerns outside that of the mother and new baby. Here are some steps on how to prepare for the birth of your child:

The Benefits of Working with a Doula

A doula, also known as a birth companion, is a trained professional in childbirth. The word doula comes from the Greek meaning “a woman who serves” or “handmaiden.” Doulas can provide educational, physical and emotional support to an expectant mother and her family during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Knowledge eases anxiety, while increasing the satisfaction of the birth process. A doula is not a replacement for your partner, but a trustworthy, educated, prepared, mentor and coach.

Blue Genes

When I look into the mirror, I see me. ButI also see my mother. Yes, as we age, we can see our parents appearing right in front of us due to our genetics. There will be a certain way we look, gain weight, walk and even cross our legs based on genetics. Styles, as well as sizes, will come and go through the generations, but the need for comfort and panache in a pair of jeans remains static. Blue jeans have been in fashion since 1871, and your genes as well will never be out of fashion.

How can I bond with my baby during pregnancy?

Bonding with your baby during pregnancy is called attachment. Pregnancy is an ideal time to start the attachment process, which affects development significantly during pregnancy and after the baby arrives. Bonding with your baby is similar during pregnancy as it will be after baby is born. You can send loving signals to your baby through senses like hearing, language, memory, sight and touch.

Learning From Your Genes

Anytime I am on social media, I’m amazed at the number of ads lately for DNA testing. There are so many companies to choose from and so many different features they cover. What can our DNA tell us? What do our genes have to do with our present and daily life? Why the interest in the past and our ancestors?

Holiday Guests: Keep Them Healthy and Happy

Getting together with friends and family is the best part of this season. If you have the responsibility of hosting guests, you’ve got a lot to plan to make sure your guests are happy and comfortable. Making sure everyone is healthy should also be at the top of your priorities.

There are many to promote healthy habits and create a safe environment for all your house guests. Follow these tips and you’ll have each room guest-ready!

 

Husband thankful for wife’s surgical care at Lovelace Medical Center: ‘We really appreciate Lovelace’

In January 2017, a couple from Los Alamos was on their last day of vacation in Cancun, Mexico when their trip took a turn for the worst. Skip Anderson’s wife, Brenda, felt extremely ill.

“The resort doctor diagnosed her with traveler’s diarrhea and she was treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs,” Anderson said. The two extended their trip two extra days.

With Only Hours to Spare, Transfer to Lovelace Medical Center Saves Sara's Life

Waking up on her day off, Sara Piro looked in the mirror to find that everything was normal, except for the fact that she was yellow. Sara had jaundice, a condition in which the skin turns yellow because of a high level of bilirubin, a yellow-orange bile pigment. For the last six months, she had been going to a local emergency room with extreme pain. The cause wasn’t further investigated until she showed up again with yellow skin.

Six Diabetes Myths to Never Wonder About Again

While there are 30 million people in the United States living with diabetes, but one in four don’t even know they are living with the condition. In addition, another 84 million adults, teenagers and children have prediabetes, but 90% are unaware of it. These numbers show the need to bring awareness to diabetes and to clear up any myths the surround this condition.

Discover the truth about diabetes below and be sure to share with your friends and family.

 

Dr. Richard Roche on How He Forms Meaningful Patient Relationships

Patient-centered care is the top priority at Lovelace Health System, because focusing on providing quality care to each patient that comes through the doors is vital to successfully treating patients. Over the years, Dr. Richard Roche, internal medicine physician, has made it his mission to develop his approach to patient visits, ensuring that patients not only get the best treatment, but that they also have an experience where they feel listened to and treated with the utmost respect and care.