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Pinterest Pin ItHelping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Helping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Posted on 02/01/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Nearly one baby out of every 33 U.S. births arrives in this world with a birth defect. Birth defects can impact almost any body part, affect how a body part looks and/or functions, and can affect your baby’s life span. In fact, birth defects account for 20 percent of all infant deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although not all birth defects can be prevented, you can increase the chances of having a healthy baby by planning ahead and adopting certain habits during the nine months you carry your child. We spoke with San Francisco obstetrician Tirun Gopal, M.D., of California Pacific Medical Center, to learn more about what you can do to prevent birth defects and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.


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Pinterest Pin ItEgg Freezing: Is it Right for You?

Egg Freezing: Is it Right for You?

Posted on 10/09/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Now more than ever, women are encouraged to have it all – a fulfilling career, a loving partner and children to adore. But sometimes plans to have children are impacted by our career, relationship, age or other factors. For those not ready to have children, but whose biological clock is ticking, there’s good news. Developments such as egg freezing have the potential to extend your fertility, in essence giving you more time to prepare for a child.

Egg freezing is not for everyone as it can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but for those with the desire and means it can be a comforting option. Many woman who are about to start chemotherapy or radiation choose to freeze their eggs before treatment. The ability to freeze our eggs has only been available since late 2013, but Mary Abusief, M.D., FACOG, a reproductive endocrinologist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, says it’s growing in popularity.


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Pinterest Pin It Infertility Treatment - How To Cope

Infertility Treatment - How To Cope

Posted on 04/06/2015  by  Janetti Marotta, Ph.D.

Couples who experience infertility and begin treatment face a host of physical  and practical challenges - doctor appointments, procedures, and demanding schedules.  They can also experience deep and profound stress and can end up feeling overwhelmed.

Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., works with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Program.  Here, she offers thoughts and suggestions to deal with the mental and emotional strain that often accompanies infertility treatment.

Infertility represents a life-crisis and is typically experienced as the most stressful event yet encountered in life.  Infertility impacts the most important areas of our lives: our relationships, our careers, our finances, even our sense of self.


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Pinterest Pin ItFertility Considerations Before Starting Chemotherapy

Fertility Considerations Before Starting Chemotherapy

Posted on 10/17/2013  by  Allison Bunch, F.N.P.

Breast Cancer ribbonChemotherapy is a crucial and effective component in many women’s fight against breast cancer. An unfortunate side effect of chemotherapy, however, can be damage to a woman’s eggs and ovaries that may compromise future fertility. Thankfully, with careful planning, women can choose to do fertility preservation treatments before starting chemotherapy. These treatments can preserve the option of having children once finished with breast cancer treatment. This is an important thing to think about before chemotherapy begins.


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Pinterest Pin It39 Weeks – Healthier Babies at Full Term

39 Weeks – Healthier Babies at Full Term

Posted on 05/24/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

The last few weeks of pregnancy can seem very long - mom is tired, her belly is outsized and heavy, and she’s so ready to welcome the baby into his/her newly furnished nursery.  All this may make a slightly early delivery sound enticing – but the message of health care providers is: keep that baby in the womb until the time is right.

Having said that, babies sometimes come early on their own. At other times, an early Caesarean section (surgical birth) is needed for medical reasons. But overall, experts recommend that babies be allowed to come to term.


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