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A provider gives a prenatal ultrasound to a pregnant woman to check the health of mom and baby. Maternal mortality rates are a concern nationwide.

Maternal mortality: Working to keep moms safe

Doctors focus on patients' health with regional projects, hospital practices
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 23 min read
Bea Smith holds a stuffed bear while playing on the couch with her husband and their baby, who was delivered via emergency c-section after Bea had appendicitis.

Appendicitis hastens baby’s delivery via C-section

Bea Smith was grateful for a doctor she trusted when pregnancy veered from plans
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 8 min read
Dr. Michelle Baack and Dr. Randy Raustino sit at a table with a laptop open as they look over heart research information.

Heart research: Two lab leaders share common goal, spirit

Dr. Michelle Baack, Dr. Randy Faustino on collaborative, complementary paths
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 18 min read
preeclampsia maternal mortality: white woman doctor checks weight for black pregnant mom, daughter waits

Preeclampsia: Everything you need to know

5% to 10% of U.S. pregnancies are threatened by this condition
Lacey Krebsbach, MD Lacey Krebsbach, MD 8 min read
Midwife Erin VandeLune standing in front of a blue wall

Busting the myths of midwives

"There is a stereotype that we’re all hippies ... but there is so much more to what a midwife can offer women."
Erin Heinert Erin Heinert 6 min read
A smiling woman with a baby girl on her lap talks about fertility preservation in an exam room with her oncologist.

Cancer survivor welcomes baby, thanks to her oncologist

Tiffany Olsen: Diagnosis 'doesn't have to be the end of those dreams' of family
SHN Staff SHN Staff 6 min read
Teddy Bear Den helps pregnant women in need, from teens to older moms.

Sanford community puts warm fuzzies into Teddy Bear Den

Volunteers' love, gifts encourage pregnant moms in need
SHN Staff SHN Staff 4 min read
Flu shot during pregnancy: Pregnant woman holding a sonogram of her unborn child

Baby benefits when pregnant mom gets the flu shot

Why doctors recommend flu shots during pregnancy
Heather Spies, MD Heather Spies, MD 6 min read
Miscarriage: young woman and man holding hands, grieving loss of baby

Miscarriage FAQ: What is it and how does it happen?

Loss of a pregnancy can be devastating to a mother and family
SHN Staff SHN Staff 7 min read
warning signs pregnancy: pregnant woman talking to doctor

8 warning signs during pregnancy

What is normal and what is not? Advice from a leading maternal-fetal medicine physician.
Jeffrey Boyle, MD Jeffrey Boyle, MD 8 min read