Many women know that alcohol can be harmful to an unborn baby and they plan to abstain once they're pregnant. Sometimes, however, a woman drinks alcohol before she knows she's pregnant and then is afraid of the ramifications.
It is late morning at the Marquette Neighborhood Health Center when seven pregnant women arrive. For these women, the center is more than a place to get basic healthcare - it is a place of support. However, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service report, many are now searching for a new provider following the Marquette College of Nursing's decision to close the clinic on July 10.
Here's what to say - and what not to say - to pregnant women. Got it?
During an audio blog with show co-host Kidd O'Shea, Elizabeth disclosed that she and her husband, Aaron, have been struggling to have a baby for two years and even had a miscarriage last April.
There's been much debate in the parenting world as to whether or not it's appropriate to have a baby shower for any child after the firstborn. A growing trend is to have a "sprinkle," a silly but aptly-chosen word that means a gathering that's lighter, smaller and less fussy than the traditional shower.
Dead babies aren't sexy. It's a harsh observation from a mother who endured the often insensitive responses of friends and family members after the loss of a child via stillbirth and was stunned by the lack of medical and charitable efforts to prevent late-term infant deaths. "People don't want to talk about it. Nobody wants to talk about it at all," said Mindy Mueller, who delivered Abigail, at 37 weeks of pregnancy. "Not talking about it is exactly why it keeps happening."
Rachael Jurek walked into the room holding the long, white cylinder. She had a confused expression playing on her lovely features. She scrunched up her nose and squinted her dark eyes. "Take a look at this," she said. "I don't know what it means."
Particularly after the baby is born, many moms and dads appreciate visual documentation of the months prior to the birth, and those families who took maternity photos cherish them forever.
During pregnancy, some women radically change their intake and stop drinking alcoholic -- and caffeinated -- beverages. Other women are less hardcore about their pregnancy diet, and will continue to imbibe. But what are your thoughts? Is it OK to drink alcohol while pregnant or not?
This month, the OnMilwaukee.com Parent Posse puts political views aside, and looks at Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin as a parent.
Ann Grauer, president of Doulas of North America (DONA), will leave her post on Sept. 30. Grauer, who lives in Milwaukee, works full-time at the Birthplace at Columbia Hospital and says she plans to still volunteer for DONA.