Tub Talk

Are you wondering about the benefits of using a tub during labor and birth?

I love being part of the peaceful stillness of a birth center room where a woman is resting quietly between contractions immersed in water.  With the lights dimmed, her eyes closed and her partner quietly whispering in her ear, there is a sacred beauty to this moment before she starts to breathe through another contraction.  Over half of the women the University of Michigan Certified Nurse Midwives care for will use the tub or a shower for relaxation during labor. We have done hundreds of waterbirths in the birth center over the past fifteen years, but now even more women are interested in this option.

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Managing Menopause

Taking charge of your health

Have you been experiencing hot flashes? Are you having difficulty sleeping? Has your desire for sex been decreasing? You are not alone! There are millions of other women going through menopause who might be experiencing similar symptoms. Menopause can cause a lot of changes in your body, cause you to experience a variety of undesirable symptoms and can put you at risk for many diseases. The good news is that you can take charge of your health and learn how to enjoy this new phase of your life! Continue reading

How easy (or hard) is it to get pregnant?

I wish I could give one answer, and then have it work for everybody. But the reality is, there are many different variables – and all of them play an important role in fertility.

The things fertility specialists look at are the circumstances, age of the parents, availability of a sexual partner and the overall health picture. We look at what does it take for the sperm and egg to get together, fertilize and become a viable pregnancy. Continue reading

Fertility Mythbuster: Could you be having sex too often?

By Senait Fisseha, MD

You’ve probably read or heard it before: having sex too often will reduce the potency of semen.

This concept of “saving” sperm in order to help increase chances of conception is understandably logical, but really quite scientifically flawed. Continue reading