A new team approach to delivering babies at Providence is proving to be positive for many new moms.
Eleven expectant mothers and fathers are sitting in a circle inside the Providence Maternal Care Clinic along with four Providence employees: two doulas, a nurse-midwife and a patient navigator. Together, they're going over what the women and their partners should do when they suspect they've gone into labor.
Providence has decided to make breast pumps available with direct insurance billing and no copay through all of its lactation clinics in the Portland area.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest not starting babies on solid food before six months, but a newly-released CDC study found that about 40 percent of new parents begin giving solids to their babies at four months.