Posts Tagged ‘video’

Catherine Aboulhouda’s Story

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Expected to be her family’s Halloween treat, Catharine Aboulhouda instead arrived on the Fourth of July, weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces.

The dangers of drinking alcohol

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

During pregnancy a baby’s brain and neurological system is developing and the bottom line is that you cannot drink alcohol. Dr. Dolan gives us some tips on how to avoid alcohol.

How to use your family health history

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011


Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks with a woman about how to use family health history information to help her have a healthy baby.

Video of the Week

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Today Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks with a new mom about her baby’s developmental milestones at 7 months.

Video of the Week

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Dr. Siobhan Dolan discusses how your baby grows and how your body changes during the first month of pregnancy.

Video of the week

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

We’re happy to introduce a new series of posts called Video of the Week. We’ll be sharing one of our great videos with you every Wednesday.

Today, Dr. Siobhan Dolan walks you through a prenatal care exam and explains how to find good prenatal care near you.

Whoo-hoo! March of Dimes wins award for health education videos

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Celebrate with us! The March of Dimes has won the prestigious Freddie award for its health education video series Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby. These awards are the Oscars for health and medicine media. The March of Dimes won in the category of women’s health.

Here’s the winning team (left to right): Kerry, Ivette, Dr. Siobhan, Chris, Pam and Frank. As you can tell, we have a lot of fun while we’re doing our work.


Pregnant Mommies: Not so fast on that Halloween candy!

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s Halloween and the kids will be bringing home LOADS of goodies. It’s okay for mommies to treat themselves every once in a while during pregnancy. But don’t overload on the fun-size candy bars and the candy corn.

A recent study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that moms who gained more than 40 pounds during their pregnancy were twice as likely to have babies who were too large, compared to other moms. In fact, out of 40,000 moms in the study, 1 in 5 of them had gained too much weight during their pregnancy.

So what’s the harm in having a large baby, you ask? Well, let’s start with what that means for moms. Moms who gain too much weight during pregnancy are at increased risk of facing serious health complications such as gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension and preeclamspia.  Also, a pregnant mom who gains too much weight is more likely to encounter difficulties during labor and childbirth, such as a baby stuck in the birth canal, vaginal tearing, c-section, a longer hospital stay and other recovery complications.

Babies born to overweight or obese moms face their own special health risks, too. These newborns are at increased risk of being born prematurely, having certain birth defects and needing special care in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Some studies even suggest that babies born too big are more likely to face obesity in their childhood, which is a growing problem in the U.S.

While you don’t want to go on any “fad diet” during pregnancy, it’s important that you make healthy food choicesWatch our video on healthy food choices during pregnancy.  Talk to your health provider for more nutrition tips.

Image: Juushika Redgrave, Flickr

Taking folic acid a year before pregnancy can reduce preterm birth.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

New research suggests that women who take a daily multivitamin containing 400mcg (micrograms) of folic acid for at least one year before they become pregnant can reduce their risk of having a premature baby by half. Click here to read the article, Huge Drop in Preterm Birth-Risk Among Women Taking Folic Acid One Year Before Conception.

Folic acid (synthetic form of a B vitamin) is also important for the development of the fetus’s neural tube, which becomes its brain and spinal cord. A lack of folic acid may result in a severe birth defect called a neural tube defect (NTD). Women who are or may become pregnant are encouraged to take folic acid supplements in addition to eating foods high in folate. Folic acid may also reduce the risk of stroke, colon cancer and breast cancer.

For more information about getting healthy before pregnancy watch the video, Don’t You Dare.