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Examining the risks and outcomes of home birth

As home birth becomes more popular, it’s important to analyze the risks and outcomes of out-of-hospital births accurately. Dr. Santiago-Munoz explains

Opioid use and pregnancy: An honest discussion

Using opioid pain medications during and after pregnancy can have significant affects on you and your baby.

During pregnancy, avoid cold cuts and soft cheeses to reduce listeria risk

Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm labor and pregnant patients are at 10 times the risk of nonpregnant individuals from bacteria. Find out how to avoid it.

Pregnancy during the holidays: Tips on traveling, eating, and houseguests

Pregnancy adds a layer of planning for holiday travel, dining, and hosting guests. Get tips to prepare for safe, fun festivities in this Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Texas hospitals must prove pregnancy care expertise or lose Medicaid dollars

In 2020, UT Southwestern earned the Level 4 maternal health center designation – the highest level of care. Explore what this does and doesn’t mean for patients.

Pregnancy: It takes a village

Gone are the days when health care was based on “doctor knows best.” How team-based care models put pregnant women at the center of decision-making.

Drinking while pregnant: What we know and what we don’t

Will an occasional drink during pregnancy harm a baby? Dr. Horsager discusses what studies show, what national organizations say, and how she advises women.

Virtual relief: The next big thing in labor pain management?

Virtual reality in the delivery room? In this Your Pregnancy Matters blog, we visualize the future of VR headsets for childbirth pain management.

It’s not your fault: Understanding miscarriage

Miscarriage is far more common than many people think. Dr. Horsager-Boehrer explains why it is important to disprove the myths about miscarriage.

What women and men need to know about reproductive coercion

Reproductive coercion is a type of intimate partner violence in which an abuser exerts power and control over a victim’s reproductive health and decisions. Dr. Shivani Patel discusses the ways reproductive coercion can manifest and how your health care provider can help.

3 questions to ask about Down syndrome testing during pregnancy

In July, Olympian Shawn Johnson East learned her new baby might have Down syndrome. She chose genetic testing to learn more, which is a personal choice during pregnancy. In this Your Pregnancy Matters blog, Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., offers 3 questions that can help patients choose. Read more.

How does sickle cell anemia affect pregnancy?

Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that can cause significant pregnancy issues. Find out what women need to know to safely manage symptoms and reduce risks for themselves and their babies. Learn more.

Q&A: Is it safe to take medications while breastfeeding?

During pregnancy and lactation, certain medications might not be safe or might not work well. In this week's Your Pregnancy Matters article, two experts discuss knowledge gaps regarding breastfeeding, supplements, and drugs, as well as how we're closing the gap with research. Read more.

What women need to know about measles and pregnancy

Measles exposure can cause preterm birth or pregnancy loss, and women can't get the vaccine during pregnancy. In this Your Pregnancy Matters article, Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., discusses how updated measles guidelines might help women reduce their risk. Read more.

Room for 7 more? My thoughts on group-based prenatal care

Ob/Gyn offices around the U.S. are beginning to offer group prenatal visits. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, M.D., discusses the potential benefits and challenges of launching a group-based program. Learn more in this week’s Your Pregnancy Matters blog.