Infertility Explained

What are the prospects of an infertile marriage? How long should a couple be thwarted in their attempt to initiate pregnancy before being concerned, and how long before being seriously worried? What type of specialist should be consulted and how does one locate a competent, knowledgeable doctor in the field of infertility? What tests are ...

NEWBORN CLOTHING

What Clothing to Bring to the Hospital for Baby When Going Home 3 diapers with diaper pins 1 cotton receiving blanket 1 nightgown 1 wool blanket 1 quilted pad or plastic pants 1 sweater and cap 1 shirt Layette Now to answer the final question: what shall we get for the baby? The answer is: only the absolute ...

ROOMING IN

Many hospitals have reintroduced rooming in for babies— reintroduced because nurseries are a twentieth-century refinement largely confined to the United States. I was surprised to find on a recent European trip that in most institutions the baby’s crib was attached to the foot of the mother’s hospital bed, where it had been for decades. The ideal ...

INFANT FEEDING

Breast Versus Bottle ‘Shall I nurse my baby?’ This is a very frequent question. I am in favor of it. I think it is better for both mother and child. Nursing makes the uterus shrink down more rapidly and more completely. In the second place, most mothers find it more convenient; and in the third place, it ...

CONGENITAL ABNORMALITIES

This is a difficult subject to discuss with lay readers, for each prospective parent has a secret dread that his or her child may not be normal. Such fears cannot be helped; they distinguish the rational human from the irrational animal— it is unlikely that the pregnant bitch worries over the possibility that the pup ...

NEWBORN MORTALITY

Deaths of newborn are divided in two categories: fetal deaths (stillbirths, fetuses weighing more than fourteen ounces and born dead), and neonatal deaths (infants born alive weighing more than fourteen ounces but dying within the first four weeks of life). The summation of the two is termed the perinatal death rate. This rate is expressed ...

Caring Properly For The Newborn Child

Stand back in the shadows of a hospital corridor and spy upon the first meeting between a baby and his family. The blanket is carefully peeled back, and for the first time the child and family meet. The grandmothers loyally out-coo each other, with ‘My, what a darling; it has the cute Smith nose. See ...

The Examination a Month after Delivery:

Family Planning A patient should be seen in her physician’s office about one month after confinement for a thorough examination. This visit is an integral part of good obstetric care. It furnishes the physician an opportunity to take stock of his results, gives the patient the advantage of having any abnormality corrected, and offers patient and ...

Childbirth and Twins

How Many at a Birth? We read in the works of Ambroise Pare, premier surgeon-physician of sixteenth-century France, that Lady Margaret, Countess of Hagenau, was brought to bed of 365 children at one and the same time in the year 1313. Milady’s super-fecundity came about in a miraculous way, through God’s displeasure. It happened that, sometime ...

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