The fallopian tubes carry the eggs released from the ovary to the uterus. If a woman's fallopian tubes become completely or partially blocked, the sperm is often unable to reach the egg and fertilization and pregnancy can't occur. The fallopian tubes can become blocked as a result of various types of pelvic infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease. Women who have had a … [Read more...] about How to Treat Blocked Fallopian Tubes
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Breastfeeding can be complicated and difficult enough during “normal” times. However, new mothers’ concerns become magnified during a pandemic when in-person resources, like local breastfeeding classes, are not as available. As a certified lactation consultant, I’m here to help by sharing answers to the most common breastfeeding questions and concerns I receive from clients … [Read more...] about Navigating Common Breastfeeding Concerns During the Uncertainty of a Pandemic
Back in the first few weeks of June, as the #BlackLivesMatter movement ebbed and flowed through social media and spilled out onto the streets in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, my head began to spin with a combination of shame and confusion. I’m a white woman with immense privilege and all the hallmarks of power. I am late and I have much to learn, but I want to do the … [Read more...] about Legislators: Our Tools For Change
I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting in the hospital room during my perinatal stay, I wondered to myself, “How did I get here?” We spent five years trying to get pregnant. We had multiple miscarriages, surgeries, and double-digit IVF cycles. But when we found out we were having twins, it made that wearisome journey well-worth it. All those years spent waiting and … [Read more...] about When The Struggle Doesn’t End After IVF
"In vitro," which means "in glass," is a procedure in which a woman's eggs are fertilized with a man's sperm outside the body. There are many reasons why a couple might consider IVF (in vitro fertilization): blocked fallopian tubes, lack of response to infertility medication, low sperm count or sperm that are slow, or unexplained infertility. One cycle of IVF can take anywhere … [Read more...] about How Does IVF Work?