March 2, 2021

Welcoming a New Sibling

“Having a sibling means you are never truly alone here.” – Roar, 10 years old Juggling two or more children has its own challenges, but the biggest worry for most parents who are welcoming the second child, is how the first child will react to the new baby. Adding another person... Read More
February 17, 2021

Compassionate Language

“Her urine test came back dirty. She is a drug user.” OR “She tested positive for an illegal substance. She may have substance use disorder.” Do you notice the difference in the words used in each sentence? The same person is experiencing the same outcome, but the first... Read More
February 8, 2021

Heart Health and Baby Health

Pregnancy is a unique time for mom and baby. Women generally self-seek medical advice during pregnancy, making it an optimal time to start healthy habits. It’s even better to have a healthy heart before conception, however, starting anytime is better than not starting at all. Having healthy... Read More
February 3, 2021

Managing Our Collective Grief

A friend came up with the best theme for 2020 that I’ve heard yet: “But wait…there’s more!” Between COVID-19, fires, hurricanes, loneliness, job loss and a presidential campaign, we are all feeling a little wearier and heavier of heart. There is a name for this... Read More
January 26, 2021

Mother sings praises for Labor of Love program for expectant moms

To Labor of Love, thank you for being with me throughout my pregnancy. I know pregnancy is different for everyone and you all made me feel like I really wasn’t alone in what I was going through though no two women are the same. To Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), thank you for being incredibly... Read More
January 20, 2021

Making True Apologies

Are you the one who never apologizes? Not because you are never sorry, but because it is just difficult to deal with all the feelings of an apology. Or, are you one who says “sorry” every five minutes? You are late: “sorry.” You bump into a chair on the way into the room:... Read More
January 13, 2021

January: The month of changes

Did you have trouble finding a treadmill at the gym today? That can happen in January when everyone has made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. Do you have a new diet to go with your new year? My best friend has lost weight using the Keto method of dieting. My boss has lost weight with... Read More
January 12, 2021

Unexpected Check-Up Leads to Life Saving Diagnosis

Donald Ortiz knows the importance of getting routine physicals done. So, when Dr. Fredie Diaz, primary care provider with Lovelace Medical Group, suggested he do a full work-up after missing an annual physical, Donald had no hesitance to do so. This full work-up at his visit was a critical part of... Read More
January 6, 2021

Home visiting: Improving outcomes for children

What is home visiting? Home visiting is a valuable resource from trusted, knowledgeable community members for young families and it’s free! Home visiting is a prevention strategy to support pregnant moms and new parents to promote infant and child health. Part of this prevention involves... Read More
December 31, 2020

What if time does not heal all wounds?

Time, by itself, does not heal anything. The pain lessons in intensity, but healing does not happen by just passing time. You may have heard the adage, “Time heals all wounds”. This is not a truth. Time helps ease the pain, but true healing means the wounds are still there with newness... Read More