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From the Midwife: What is Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy?

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Baby weight – it’s a topic that has worried expectant mothers and fueled celebrity magazines for years. How much weight is normal to gain? Let’s change the question. What expectant moms really need to be asking is: how much weight gain is enough for a healthy baby? It’s normal for all women to gain weight …Read More

Heading for the Beach or Shore this Summer? Pay Attention & Use Common Sense to Avoid Health Risks

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Each summer, as the days get hotter, more and more folks pack up the kids and head for the water to bask in the sun, swim, boat, fish, and play. Lake Champlain, as well as Vermont’s many other lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, provides abundant and diverse water-related recreational opportunities for young and old alike. …Read More

Breast Health: Mammography Has Gone 3D – What You Need To Know

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There has been a lot of buzz recently about three-dimensional mammography, otherwise known as tomosynthesis. While screening mammography is proven to decrease breast cancer deaths, it is far from perfect. Out of every 1,000 mammograms performed, approximately 100 women will need additional testing. Most of these women do not have cancer. When they are called …Read More

Lyme Disease: How to Protect Yourself This Summer

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Summer in Vermont is the season for fresh berries, sweet corn, glorious hikes, swimming in the lake, and, unfortunately, it is also a season to worry about developing Lyme disease. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacterium is transmitted to humans through the bite of a deer tick. …Read More

Preparing for Baby: How can I get Breastfeeding off to a Good Start?

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It seems like breastfeeding should be instinctive and natural – and while it is on some levels, it is also something both mothers and babies learn to do.While most parents have not grown up yet seeing babies breastfeed all around them, babies are born with reflexes to help them breastfeed. Here are some hints on …Read More

Tips for Talking with Your Doctor

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The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. In the past, the patient-doctor relationship was one-directional—the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. How well you and your doctor talk to each …Read More

Vermont Now One of Top 3 States for Lyme Disease

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This article was written by Meredith King and originally published on the UVM Brainwaves Blog, published by University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education. See more at: http://learn.uvm.edu/health-blog/lyme-disease-on-the-rise-in-vermont Ten or 20 years ago, most Vermonters never gave Lyme disease a second thought. It was a distant threat, something that people in, say, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey …Read More

Life Jackets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (& Need to Know!)

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Summer is so many things to all of us. For many, it means fun on and in the water: swimming, boating, water skiing – and much more. We are lucky to live near some beautiful places for recreation on the water. There is one important accessory for any summer adventure on the water: a life …Read More

From the Midwife: Do I Need a Birth Plan?

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If you are pregnant, chances are you spend a good amount of time thinking, worrying, and learning about what labor and birth will be like. And for all the time that women spend preparing mentally and physically for this significant event, one would think that it would simply play out just as we want it …Read More

Fruit: The Best Ways to Add Fruit to Your Diet

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Summer is a great time for fruit – berries, stone fruits, and melons are at peak ripeness and flavor. It’s also the perfect time of year to focus on eating more fruit every day, and develop the habit of including fruit with every meal and as a focus of snacks. Why? Eating fruit provides many …Read More

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