I developed severe postpartum depression (PPD) after I had my first baby and it took me several years to gain courage to be able to share the story of my experience with PPD. Since then I have met more women than I can count who also had postpartum mental health struggles after they became moms for the first timeRead More
I am honored to be featured on this month’s Cleveland East Side Moms Network Meet-a-Mom page.Read More
Have you ever wished that a doctor could come to your home to check on your baby? I did!Read More
I’ve recently compiled a list of my favorite apps for new parents.Read More
NICU Awareness Month always sneaks up on me because it’s September, which is both “back to school” time and I am usually “on-service” in the NICU during this month. Right now I am in the middle of a three week stretch of taking care of preemies in the huge Level 4 NICU at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.Read More
This photo of my kids was taken when they started back to school last week. They are now in 7th, 5th, 4th, and 1st grades, but there was a period of time when all 4 of them were 6 years old and younger! It sometimes feels like that was decades ago, and at other times feels like it was just the other day that I was heading in to be induced with my oldest after my water was broken for too long.Read More
One of the most common questions that I get asked by my patients' mothers is whether or not the medications they are taking are compatible with breastfeeding.Read More
I have recently become involved with Project Preemie, a rapidly growing Cleveland-based, parent-led advocacy group for parents of preemies and NICU graduates. I will be available to members and followers as a parent resource via answering questions, writing blog posts, and helping to connect families to local resources.Read More
It’s not unusual for some of the smallest and sickest preemies to qualify for home nursing visits. These visits are usually 20-30 min long, occur within the first few weeks after discharge, and are covered by insurance. In most cases, larger preterm infants and full-term infants do not qualify for these types of visit. My home visits are different than RN visits for all of the following reasons:
I have started a new personal blog, Nova Mae M.D., to write about neonatology, home visiting, postpartum care, newborn care, the "fourth trimester," and related topics. Nova mae means "new mother" in Portuguese.Read More
In this brief video I discuss why I started Primrose Newborn Care and what I am hoping to accomplish through newborn home visits.Read More
Are you looking for a gift to give to a new mother on Mother's Day?
Do you have a upcoming baby shower to attend and all of the items on the registry have already been purchased, so you're not sure what to buy?
Do you live away from a loved one who is having a baby and want to be able to support and check in on her from afar?Read More
Why did you start offering this service?
I want to provide the service that I wish was available when I had my first child, Grace, in 2005. When she was born I was in the middle of intense medical training, lived hundreds of miles away from my family, and we experienced multiple problems, including difficulty “latching on” while breastfeeding, jaundice, and she did not gain weight. During my maternity leave, which was supposed to be my optimal bonding time with Grace, I felt isolated and unsure of myself, and I am certain that these feelings contributed to my development of postpartum depression.Read More
Primroses (or “first roses” in Latin) are small pastel colored flowers. They were the sacred flower of Freya, who was the Norse goddess of love, and in the ancient Celtic world mothers placed primroses on their doorsteps to encourage fairies to bless their homes and families.