Loyolas program combines the expertise of the nations most recognized leaders in female pelvic floor disorders who are transforming the care of women with these conditions. These issues can include urine leakage, bowel incontinence, pelvic and lower back pain, episiotomy complications, vaginal and vulvar healing problems, sexual dysfunction and other pelvic health issues associated with childbirth. Rehabilitative and urogynecology specialists offer individualized treatment to help women achieve optimal pelvic health during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth. The focus of the Mothers Pelvic Wellness Program is education, treatment, planning for future delivery and counseling for long-term pelvic health. Many women develop treatable pelvic floor problems during pregnancy and after childbirth, yet they tend to suffer alone without effective care, said Cynthia Brincat, MD, PhD, urogynecologist, Loyola University Health System, and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Our Mothers Pelvic Wellness Program was established to respond to this need and to help women recover from pregnancy and childbirth, so that they can enjoy this exciting time in their life. The program is available to women on the first and third Thursday afternoons of the month at the Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge located at 6800 N. Frontage Road.
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Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Lead to Complications at Birth
But I knew exactly what I was up against when I walked into “AAA Women for Choice” in Manassas, Virginia. At first glance, the center resembled a doctor’s office. The waiting room looked like it belonged to a pediatrician, complete with magazines and children’s toys. The atmosphere provided a sense of credibility and legitimacy. Under different circumstances, I would have trusted this facade; it would have put me at ease. After checking in, I was introduced to my “counselor,” a conservatively dressed middle-aged woman who led me to one of the back rooms. She sat across from me with some forms on a clipboard I was not permitted to see.
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What I Learned Undercover at a Crisis Pregnancy Center
Researchers found: Poor sleep and depression were both associated with increased risk for birth complications, when found separately and together. Among the women evaluated, those with both depression and poor sleep were at the greatest risk for complications including pre-term birth and low birth weight. At 20 weeks of pregnancy, depressed women had higher levels of cytokines than non-depressed women. By 30 weeks, the differences in cytokine levels between depressed and non-depressed women had disappeared. Researchers concluded this was likely because of a natural rise in cytokine production over the course of pregnancy. What we’re seeing here is evidence of the complicated, dynamic relationship among sleep, immune function, and depression. These conditions often can be found together in both women and men.
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