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Congenital CMV: One Virus, Many Possible Outcomes

Ninety-one percent of women and expecting mothers do not know about Cytomegalovirus (CMV), yet it is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. I was one who had never even heard the term “CMV” before meeting my sweet nephew, Emmit. Cytomegalovirus (pronounced sy·toe·MEG·a·low·vy·rus), often shortened to CMV, is a member of the […]

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Living Day-to-Day: Navigating Mental Health After Trauma

After the birth of my fourth child, I had an Amniotic Fluid Embolism. I wrote in a previous post about it in case you are unfamiliar with the rare phenomenon. Coming home was terrifying because I was battling (and still battle with) short term memory loss (I’m a real life Dory!) and a litany of […]

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My Brush with Death: I Survived Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Going into my fifth pregnancy–fourth birth–I considered myself an expert level of parent. I have dealt with everything you can imagine, including a child vomiting poop. (Yes, that can happen and yes, it happened in my kitchen!) I have been to every labor and delivery class in Duluth/Superior and the surrounding areas. I’ve watched countless […]

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“Gotta Go, Gotta Go” and Other Common (and Embarrassing) Urinary Issues

I hear about them on a daily basis. Bladders that leak, burn, spasm, and overall misbehave. Symptoms can range in severity from simply annoying to completely devastating. As a urology nurse practitioner I hear it all, and I empathize with women who experience urinary issues… and that number of women is higher than you might think! […]

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The Power Within: My Experience with Placental Encapsulation

I was five months pregnant again, working full-time and running after my two-year-old toddler, and this pregnancy had me nervous. With my boy, I was so pleased to be pregnant: I felt more energetic, my rosacea cleared up, my fine hair became the thick mane of my dreams, my allergies dissipated, and my usual bouts [...]
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