We can hardly believe that 2022 is almost over! This year we wrote over 25 articles on issues surrounding pregnancy. To celebrate, we’ve gathered our top 7 most-read articles and put them here for easy access. If you missed any of these throughout the year, we hope you’ll take time to give them a read now.
The staff and volunteers at The Pregnancy Network wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We’ve compiled some of the most common questions and answers regarding the Dobbs Supreme Court Case here. We’ve also provided a link to graphics with this information that you’re welcome to share with others. We hope this will help you to be well-informed about this historic case.
In 1984 then president, Ronald Reagan, issued a Presidential Proclamation designating January 22 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. This day marked the 11th anniversary since Roe v. Wade. After 1984, Reagan continued the Proclamation annually so that the third Sunday in January would be recognized as Sanctity of Human Life Day. Reagan claimed that the Supreme Court had “struck down our laws protecting the lives of unborn children.” He is also quoted as saying in 1984 that, “Each year, remarkable advances in prenatal medicine bring ever more dramatic confirmation of what common sense told us all along—that the child in the womb is simply what each of us once was: a very young, very small, dependent, vulnerable member of the human family.”
In a world that has a hard time defining what a father is, Father’s Day can be a frustrating holiday. Many grieve the loss, absence, or abuse from their fathers. Others find themselves on the cusp of fatherhood, wondering what it looks like to love and lead a child.
Our culture doesn’t argue against the importance of fatherhood; it does, however, argue if it’s worth the sacrifice. The need for present, loving fathers is simple; carrying it out day-to-day in the real, ordinary moments is the hard part. So what does it look like to be a present, loving father?
In the weeks before having my first child, I was excited and prepared to exclusively breastfeed my child. I had done the homework, been to classes, and bought the supplies. Breastfeeding has amazing benefits for babies, like reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), allergies, diabetes, and some cancers; I was amazed and enthusiastic to provide milk for my daughter. I was ready to breastfeed—or so I thought.
If you’ve just received two pink lines on a home pregnancy test and are unsure of your next steps, you are not alone.
An ultrasound will give you valuable insight into the status of your pregnancy and help you make an informed decision.
The Pregnancy Network is one of the few places in the Triad that offers free limited obstetrical ultrasounds from the early first trimester through 20 weeks gestation. Because we know that a strong support system plays a critical role in a woman’s well-being during her pregnancy, we have implemented safety measures that allow a support person to accompany each woman in her ultrasound appointment.
I get a lot of questions from new moms about pumping. When? How? Why? The truth is pumping is not a one-size-fits-all activity. If you plan to exclusively breastfeed with on-demand feeding, a breast pump may not be necessary right away—if at all. This is because babies are much more efficient and effective at removing milk than a pump is. The first breast pump wasn’t even patented until 1854. Women have successfully breastfed their infants for thousands of years before the pump was invented.
However, the pump is a useful tool for modern mothers and a necessity for infant and maternal health in some scenarios. Here are the top eight reasons why you may need a breast pump during your breastfeeding journey.
On Friday, June 24 the Supreme Court released a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Our nation responded in an uproar, and dozens of theories and misconceptions immediately began to circulate on social media.
At The Pregnancy Network, it has always been our aim to provide women with the information they need to make fully-informed decisions about their pregnancies, and that remains true today. With countless voices and self-proclaimed experts adding their opinions to the fray, we believe it is important to address a few of the most common questions and concerns regarding this landmark decision.