Does a Tongue or Lip Tie Affect Breastfeeding?

By on February 2, 2023

Breastfeeding is an important part of your infant’s development and the emotional connection that is built between mom and baby. One thing that can have a surprisingly negative impact on breastfeeding is oral tissues like tongue and lip ties. What Are Tongue and Lip Ties? A tongue tie is the band of tissue connecting your


Why Worry About Advanced Maternal Age?

By on March 17, 2022

What is Advanced Maternal Age? Technically speaking, advanced maternal age refers to anyone who wants to or is pregnant over the age of 35. This designation requires so-called “high-risk care” due to the higher likelihood of developing adverse outcomes in many different ways, which usually entails more testing or more frequent testing during pregnancy than


Scheduled Cesarean Sections

By on January 21, 2022

Cesarean deliveries, or C-sections, are performed for many reasons/indications.  Cesareans can be scheduled, or urgent/emergent. The need for a cesarean arising from circumstances in labor are usually performed on an urgent basis, and less frequently on an emergency basis. This discussion is about cesareans that are planned weeks to months in advance, and therefore called


Cord Blood Collection

By on January 10, 2022

Among the many considerations you’ll run into during pregnancy care is choosing whether to donate umbilical cord blood after your baby is born. This blood, unlike blood given at a blood drive, for instance, is unique in that it contains special cells that can help with certain disorders. Collecting and donating cord blood is a


What’s a Birth Plan and What Should It Include?

By on May 5, 2021

Planning ahead for going into labor can seem like a no-brainer – after all, it’s likely one of the most important dates on your calendar. A birth plan can likely help get some of your concerns addressed and help you know what to expect from the process. In this episode of Healthful Women, Dr. Fox talks with Dr. Stephanie Melka about birth