GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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Gibitz was a social worker and pastoral counselor when she decided to become a doula. She had a doula present at the birth of her son and found her very helpful, although she almost did not have a doula because she wanted as much privacy as possible. Once she went to birthing classes, she decided to have a doula and it was a wonderful experience. She decided to become a doula herself to “help women have better birthing experiences.” Her Web site is www.JoyfullbirthKy.com.


Gibitz’ training consisted of an intensive weekend of learning and attendance at a number of births. Gibitz said there are a number of good reasons for choosing a doula: you may feel safer, you may have a more empowering experience and you may want to have a way to get the father or partner involved in the birthing process.


Paulette Schalck, director of Nurse-Midwives at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, said, “We consider pregnancy and birth as normal life processes. Providing prenatal care,  labor and delivery and beyond  is what we do.”

Are you pregnant and planning for the birth of your child? Your pregnancy may be a special experience for you and your husband or partner as you welcome your new baby into the world. You could consider having a midwife assist you with your pregnancy, particularly through labor and delivery. Certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) provide for delivery in a birthing center or at home. Using a midwife makes for a less costly experience.


A CNM is different from a CM or entry-level midwife. A CNM is an RN, a baccalaureate graduate with a BSN and subsequently trained and certified in maternity care. A CM is not a nurse but is trained and certified to care for a woman during pregnancy. An entry-level midwife is experienced in care of the mother but is not certified. Most midwives are CNMs. According to the American Midwifery Certification Board, as of August 2016, there were 11,475 CNMs and 108 CMs in the United States. Income for CNMs ranges from $30,000 to $80,000.


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MIDWIVES AND DOULAS: CHOICES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60 Plus and Health & Wellness magazines.

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professionals such as an obstetrician;


According to the American College of Nurse Midwives, benefits of receiving midwifery care include:


Another option for the expectant mother is to have a doula. A doula, according to Abbie Gibitz, “provides emotional, physical and spiritual support to the mom and her support team, attends prenatal visits, provides for education of mom and dad, is a helping presence at labor and delivery and may attend post-partum to help with breast feeding.” Gibitz says a doula assists the mother but does not do anything medically related. She makes the laboring mother more comfortable, suggests positions to assume, looks after the father and empowers the mother.