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Ask an Expert: Can I have my period and still be pregnant?

Q: “Can I have my period and still be pregnant?”

Ask an Expert: Miscarriage risk

Q: “Is the risk of miscarriage higher during first pregnancies? Is the risk the same throughout pregnancy, or is there a time when I can start to breathe easier? And finally, is there any link between fertility problems and a higher risk for miscarrying?”

Ask an Expert: Pregnancy past 40

Q: I just turned 40 and my husband and I would like to have a baby. What are the risks and what would you advise to optimize our chances of having a healthy baby?

Ask an Expert: What’s safe to take during pregnancy?

Answers from Angela Keating, M.D., board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with Providence Medical Group Columbia Women's Clinic.

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All About Your Newborn booklet

The day you take your newborn home is exciting – and probably a little scary. You’ll have lots of questions during the days and months ahead. This booklet contains a lot of information, but it is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your care provider.

All About Your Newborn booklet (En espanol)

Es emocionante cuando llega el día de llevar a su recién nacido a casa – y quizá también sea motivo de un poco de inquietud. Durante los días y meses venideros se le van a ocurrir muchas preguntas. Este librito contiene mucha información pero no se ha preparado a manera de sustituto de la atención médica profesional. Si le surgen preguntas o inquietudes, consulte a su proveedor.

Baby’s feeding cues

How to know if your baby is hungry.

Breastfeeding guide: The first 72 hours

Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's not always easy. To help mothers provide the best nutrition for their newborns, Providence Health & Services offers these recommendations.

Bringing baby home: Instructions for home care

Congratulations on your new baby! We've put together a list of helpful information and links to access Providence postpartum care services.

Welcome guide – What to expect when delivering at Providence

It's natural to have questions about childbirth. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about delivering at Providence.

How Do I enroll my child in my health insurance?

Within 30 days after your baby’s birth, you will be required to separately enroll your baby in an insurance plan.

Important phone numbers: Women and children's services

Find contact information for family maternity centers, NICU, breastfeeding assistance, parenting classes and more.

Maternity Welcome Guide

Congratulations! This is a very exciting time in your life. To help with your questions, this booklet will give information Providence services, childbirth and parenting classes, tips on selecting a physician for your baby, information on our breastfeeding clinics and more.

New Guidelines for Mammography Screening

Breast health experts at Providence Health & Services recognize the importance and complexity of counseling women on breast health and screening recommendations. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. These new recommendations have been met with uneven acceptance from various foundations, professional organizations and breast health providers.

We have reviewed these new recommendations carefully and have engaged a number of concerned providers, physicians and women’s health advocates in order to gain consensus around this important issue. In general, Providence endorses the thorough, professional and evidence-based effort put forth by the USPSTF and recognizes these are difficult issues to analyze.

Newborn heart screening

 Pulse oximetry newborn screening can identify some infants with a heart defect before they show symptoms. Once identified, babies can be seen by cardiologists and can receive specialized care and treatment.

Postpartum Guide

The postpartum time brings many physical and emotional changes. This guide will help answer questions about the changes in your body and about your postpartum care. It is not meant as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor, nurse midwife or family maternity nurse.

Postpartum Guide (En espanol)

El tiempo posparto trae consigo muchos cambios tanto físicos como emocionales. La presente guía le ayudará a contestar preguntas sobre dichos cambios en su cuerpo así como de su atención posparto. 

Preparing for your delivery: Resources for new mothers and families

Ready to have your baby? Here's everything you'll need to prepare for delivery at a Providence hospital or medical center.

Your baby needs a doctor

Before you preregister for your delivery, you must choose a primary care provider for your baby. This provider will coordinate well-baby visits, immunizations and general medical care for your baby for many years to come.

Things you want your health provider to know when preparing to have a baby

The birth of every baby is a unique and special event. If you tell us what is important to you in making this event the personal experience you want it to be, we will help you create the environment you want. 

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Ask an Expert: Menopause and Incontinence

Q: I've recently gone through menopause, and on top of everything else, I seem to be losing bladder control. I have little leaks of urine when I sneeze or laugh hard. Is this related to menopause? Is there anything I can do about it?

Cold and Flu FAQ

Keeping the common cold and influenza at bay is a constant part of our daily lives. This seems to be especially true during the winter and early spring months. There are many simple ways to limit your exposure to viruses, such as regularly washing your hands. For some people, a flu vaccination might be the best option. Read on to find out more about how you can stay healthy and seek out appropriate treatment.

Managing menopause with: Botanical therapies

If you’re interested in trying botanical options for managing menopause, phytoestrogens and black cohosh may be your best bets.

Managing menopause with: Dietary changes

Modifying your diet can significantly improve your menopausal symptoms and decrease your risk of serious disease.

Managing menopause with: Other medications

A variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications may help manage your menopausal symptoms without HRT.

Recommended Resource

Your Guide to Breastfeeding

This easy-to-read publication from Women'sHealth.gov provides how-to information and support needed to breastfeed successfully. Expert tips and illustrations help new moms learn how to breastfeed comfortably and how to overcome common challenges.