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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: Considering a midwife?

Midwives have facilitated childbirth for thousands of years and are a vital part of today’s modern health care delivery system. Yet many women are surprised to learn that they can choose a certified nurse-midwife and still have their baby in a hospital – with or without epidurals and other modern comforts.

Ask an expert: Exercising when you’re expecting

Q: “Is it OK to exercise while I’m pregnant? What types of exercise are OK, and what precautions should I take?”

Ask an Expert: Fatherhood after 50

Q. “I’m a 55-year-old male who is thinking about becoming a father. Does my age present any risks to the baby? My wife is 41. We are both in excellent health.”

Ask an Expert: Getting pregnant after…

Q: How long should I wait to get pregnant after…
  • Having a medical procedure involving anesthesia?
  • Taking prescription medications?
  • Getting travel immunizations?
  • Undergoing chemotherapy?
  • Having uterine fibroids removed?

Ask an Expert: Group B strep

Q. What is “Group B strep,” and how do I know if my unborn baby is at risk?

Ask an Expert: Men and miscarriage risk

Q: “Could it be possible for the male to be at fault for miscarriages? I’ve had two pregnant women in my life: The first woman had two miscarriages, and the second had one. Is there something wrong with my sperm?”

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: Preeclampsia risk in pregnancy

Q. "I am 40 and am, unexpectedly, expecting for the fourth time. In my last pregnancy seven years ago (same father), I gave birth three and a half weeks early due to preeclampsia. What is my risk of developing it again? Is there anything I can do to minimize my risk?"

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: SIDS

Q: What exactly is SIDS, and why does sleeping on the back prevent it?

Ask an Expert: Smoking and fatherhood

Q. “My wife and I are talking about conceiving a baby. I have been using marijuana and smoking cigarettes for about ten years. My wife has never smoked anything. Before we do this, I want to know if I should quit for a month or so to make sure that our children won’t have birth defects or problems later in life. My wife seems to think that what I do doesn’t matter, and that it’s only what she does that affects the baby. I’m not so sure. I want to do the right thing.”

Ask an Expert: Ten tips for a healthy pregnancy

Q. “I'm pregnant! This will be my first child. In your expert opinion, what are the top 10 things I should do to ensure a healthy pregnancy and 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.

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.

Childbirth education classes

Learn about the different classes and groups available to you, such as childbirth preparation, breastfeeding preparation, infant CPR and new moms' groups.

Childbirth preparation classes at Providence Hood River

Throughout life we prepare for the things that really matter- having a baby is no exception. A childbirth class will help you prepare for the birth of your child and increase your ability to make informed choices regarding this life-changing experience. To register, please call 800-562-8964, or sign up on-line. For additional questions, concerns or to speak with an instructor, please call the childbirth education coordinator at 541-387-6344.

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.

Family medicine resident physicians and your delivery

When it comes time for your baby to be born, everyone on your care team will be focused on you and your baby. As a patient at Providence Portland Medical Center, you may have a family medicine resident physician assigned to your care. If a resident participates in the delivery of your baby, he or she will work under the close guidance of your own care provider. There will be no additional physician’s fees for the resident.

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.

Maternity visitation policy

The visitation policy for the maternity department is designed to protect our patients, their families and other visitors.

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.

Newborn Hearing Screening

The first two years of a child’s life are the most important for speech and language development. That’s why it’s important to detect hearing problems early. The state of Oregon requires that all newborns be given a hearing test soon after they are born.

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.

Newborn safety and security information

We have taken numerous precautions to assure the safety of you and your new baby. There are also a few things you can to to help protect yourself and your family.

Pastoral Care for Patients and Families: Serving the Spiritual and Emotional Needs

At Providence Health & Services, we believe each patient deserves excellent care of mind and spirit as well as of body. Childbirth can bring a range of emotions, which may last for months. Our interdenominational Pastoral Services staff is available 24 hours a day to help you honor your baby’s birth and alleviate emotional and spiritual stress.

Paternity affidavit information

If you are not married to the father of your baby, you have several choices regarding paternity.

Patient rights and responsibilities

Because of our core values – compassion, justice, respect, excellence and stewardship – we believe that as a patient you have certain rights. At the same time, because we consider you an active partner in your health care, we acknowledge that you also have some responsibilities.

PMG- Hood River Women's Clinic Obstetrics Visit Forms

If you are an established patient at our clinic, and are preparing for your next follow-up visit, please complete these forms and bring them with your to your next appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

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. 

Prenatal appointment schedule for Portland midwife clinic

We care for you throughout your pregnancy. Click here to view the schedule for your prenatal visits with Providence Maternal Care Clinic.

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.

Providence breastfeeding resources

Mothers often have questions and concerns about breastfeeding before and after their babies are born. To help mothers provide the best nutrition for their newborns, Providence Health & Services offers a variety of breastfeeding (lactation) services.

Secondhand smoke: A danger to your family

Only five minutes of breathing secondhand smoke can be harmful to you or your baby’s health. A child who spends just one hour in a smoky room is inhaling as many dangerous chemicals as if he or she smoked 10 or more cigarettes.

Signs and Symptoms of Labor

Labor may occur as much as two weeks before or after your due date. This is normal. Your body has ways of telling you that it is preparing for labor.

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. 

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.

Proprietary Health Article

Ask an Expert: Pregnancy and Incontinence

Q: Since I’ve been pregnant, I have been occasionally leaking urine. Will this stop after I have my baby? Can I do anything to avoid it now?

Birth certificates and social security cards

After your baby is born, the vital records technician at the hospital will give you a birth certificate worksheet that must be completed during your stay as an in-patient of the hospital and returned to the staff before you are discharged from the hospital.

Caring for the pregnant woman presenting at periviable gestation: acknowledging the ambiguity and uncertainty

Counseling the periviable pregnant woman presenting at the edge of viability can often be confusing for the patient and frustrating for the clinician. Although neonatal survival rates have improved dramatically over the last few decades, severe morbidity is still common. This is further complicated by the fact that the information provided to the parents regarding the outcomes may not be up to date or completely accurate. The counseling is also frequently influenced by personal beliefs and biases of the medical staff.

An evidence based approach may improve the experience for both the expectant parents and the health care team.

Counseling Pregnant Women Who May Deliver Extremely Premature Infants: Medical Care Guidelines, Family Choices, and Neonatal Outcomes

The goal of this report is to describe our experience implementing consensus medical staff guidelines used for counseling pregnant women threatening extremely premature birth and to give an account of family preferences and the immediate outcome of their infants.

Don't Make Me Laugh (or Run, Sneeze, Cough!)

If you leak urine when you laugh, sneeze or cough, you have what we call “stress incontinence.” It happens when extra pressure is placed on the abdomen which, in turn, puts pressure on the bladder. Coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting heavy objects, playing tennis, running and jumping are examples of activities that can cause stress incontinence.

Medical Staff Guidelines for Periviability Pregnancy Counseling and Medical Treatment of Extremely Premature Infants

The goal of this report is to describe the collaborative formation of rational, practical, medical staff guidelines for the counseling and subsequent care of extremely early-gestation pregnancies and premature infants between 22 and 26 weeks.

Medications that are Safe During Pregnancy

Women who are between four and 12 weeks pregnant may safely take the following over-the-counter medications. Follow all directions on the container for adult dosage and usage instructions.

Providence midwives pair traditional practices with technology

Midwifery has long been an option for women wanting to deliver their babies with minimal medical intervention. Providence Health & Services has paired the personal support of midwifery with the modern comforts of a hospital since 1993.

Tapping into maternal instincts: Empowering women through midwifery

As a pregnant woman, you have options. You can see an obstetrician, a family medicine doctor or a midwife for pregnancy care. Sometimes, you may see a combination. So, how do you decide which choice is right for you? Lisa Chickadonz, a nurse-midwife with Providence Maternal Care Clinic, is a great source of perspective on the midwife experience. 

Recommended Resource

CDC Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s information page about vaccinating pregnant women and associated risks.

Child safety seat resource center

The Transportation Safety Division offers a variety of free brochures, flyers, posters, and other educational materials to the public upon request.

EPA: Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and exposure to secondhand smoke is sometimes called involuntary or passive smoking. Secondhand smoke contains more that 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals.

Medline News Today: Secondhand Cigarette Smoke as Harmful to Fetus as Inhaled Smoke, Study Says

Secondhand cigarette smoke exposure might be as harmful to a fetus as a pregnant woman inhaling smoke directly from a cigarette, according to a study published in... BMC Pediatricson June 29, the Seattle Timesreports.

Newborn photography

Welcome to the online photo display of babies recently born at Providence Health & Services hospitals. This virtual photo album is designed for parents who wish to share their newborns' first pictures with family and friends.

Oregon Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids is a health coverage program for uninsured Oregon kids and teens.

Popular baby names: Our 365 Baby Namescape

Find the top baby names in your state, city or hospital.

Postpartum depression

Having a baby brings many dramatic changes—changes in your lifestyle, your sleep, your hormones and your views of yourself and your family. It is not surprising that mood swings and feelings of sadness, resentment and self-doubt accompany your delight in your new baby.

Problems with the man’s reproductive system that may cause infertility

The most common cause of male infertility is low sperm count. Absence of sperm in the semen is less common, affecting only 1% of all men and 10% to 15% of infertile men.1

US Department of Labor Family and Medical Leave Act

The US Department of Labor’s FMLA resource page.

Women's Healthcare Associates: Northwest Perinatal Center

Providence understands the importance of having a healthy, satisfying and successful birth experience. We partner with the best clinics in the state to provide you with an ease.

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.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding (Spanish)

Este folleto le proporcionará información básica para facilitarle a usted y a  su bebé el proceso de la lactancia. Usted aprenderá sobre:
  • los beneficios de la lactancia para la madre, el padre y la sociedad
  • respuestas a preguntas frecuentes sobre la lactancia
  • qué hacer para ayudar a que la lactancia tenga un buen inicio
  • por qué la lactancia materna es un asunto de salud pública y qué se está
  • haciendo para promoverla y protegerla
  • por qué debería hablar acerca de la lactancia con su médico o proveedor de servicios de salud y el pediatra de su bebé
  • dónde encontrar ayuda para la lactancia, y
  • qué preguntas acerca de la lactancia hacer durante su próxima visita al médico