Category: procedures and tests

Let Me Level With You- Two New Videos

Two new videos have been added to the “Let Me Level With You” series! Hepatitis B So many parents have questions about hepatitis B and what the real risks are. Here’s the info on who is really at risk for hep B and why. Vimeo YouTube Prenatal Testing Prenatal testing seems simple on the surface. You get a test, it tells you if your … Read More Let Me Level With You- Two New Videos

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Let Me Level With You About…Ultrasound

Sonograms are everywhere for expectant parents! But there are some things you need to know about keeping your baby safe. Vimeo YouTube

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Let Me Level With You About…Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Ah, American maternity care. High tech, low results. Here is the video: Vimeo YouTube  

Why Vitamin K Prophylaxis?

Hardly a week goes by that I don’t find someone asking about vitamin K prophylaxis. Most people have heard that newborns are just naturally deficient in vitamin K and without vitamin K supplementation their baby will get seriously ill. Of course, this is another one of those stories full of a few half-truths and many outright lies. This video was quite the merry chase … Read More Why Vitamin K Prophylaxis?

Video: Let Me Level With You About Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

I’ve often felt like much of the public health information parents get is filtered. When I was first advised about vitamin D supplementation for newborns, our son’s doctor at the NICU said that because our baby was exclusively breastfed he would get rickets if he wasn’t supplemented. Well, that was an extremely oversimplified and misleading statement that does not reflect the high degree of … Read More Video: Let Me Level With You About Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

“Is your wife one of those people who will go along with it? Just sign him up for the surgery and you can go home and discuss it with her later.” My husband had come to a prominent teaching hospital in Southern California affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist faith seeking orthotic braces for our son. Instead, he was getting a hard sell for … Read More Bioethics Is Not A Sequel To A Pauly Shore Movie

Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida

Disclaimer: I did not undergo in-utero surgery for my son’s spina bifida. I have studied this report on the MOMS trial extensively and used it as an example in my biostatistics and public health policy courses during my MPH studies. Parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis for spina bifida are in a unique situation. They have the option of a relatively new procedure for … Read More Making the Decision About Prenatal Surgery For Spina Bifida

This post was inspired by a bathroom door in a California State Park

We decided to visit a state beach and I had to the use the bathroom, which was (of course) something less than luxurious. There was a lot of graffiti on the door, but the most prominent was scrawled in permanent marker stating: “Hope you had your Hep C shot”. A more enlightened soul wrote beneath it “You can’t get Hep C from a toilet”. … Read More This post was inspired by a bathroom door in a California State Park

8 Labor Interventions You Probably Don’t Need

…And a medical droid is probably not necessary either.  Googling stuff on your smartphone can be a great way of quickly finding out interesting facts. However, it’s not a great method for finding out the risks and benefits of a procedure in the middle of labor. Even if you are planning to have a completely natural birth, it’s a really good idea to know about the … Read More 8 Labor Interventions You Probably Don’t Need