DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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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.