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Teaching your children about the stages of drug addiction
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You feel it in the pit of your stomach. You hear the accusing word echoing in your head: hypocrite. You’ve faced your ill-coping relationship with substances as well as all other mental issues that contributed to your addiction. You’ve braved being apart from your children during a rehabilitation stint or the throes of incarceration. Now […]

Research reveals new dangers of smoking to unborn children
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Smoking cigarettes is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In the United States, smoking is responsible for nearly one-fifth of all deaths and 480,000 premature deaths per year. It increases the risk for premature death due to a number of health problems, including cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer and stroke. Thousand of chemicals and […]

What you need to know about schizophrenia during pregnancy
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Schizophrenia affects men and women equally and generally first occurs in adults aged 25 to 30 years, which is considered the prime for childbearing. Although no cure for schizophrenia currently exists, antipsychotic medications can help alleviate and prevent symptoms, but there is a fine balance between preventing symptoms in pregnancy and ensuring the safety of […]

The dangers of prenatal depression
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“Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.” – Comedian Rita Rudner Pregnancy is the beautiful miracle of creation, but this time for joy and celebration often has a dark undercurrent. Women experience depression during pregnancy about as often or more than they do postpartum: 14–23 percent compared to 5–25 percent, […]

Prescription opioid abuse in pregnancy puts babies at risk
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Prescription painkillers, known as narcotics or opioids, have been on the rise for many years, but their rise in one population is much more troublesome than others — the pregnant population. Clinicians have seen a rise in opioid use among pregnant women in the U.S., and this is not only harmful to the female patients […]

Bringing baby home – The birth plan
Posted in Children, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy - 0 Comments

There are numerous aspects to birth that need to be considered or revised as the date approaches. Hence, it is best not to wait until the very last moments to make any such monumental decisions. One major way to avoid such last-minute hassles is to determine your birth plan ahead of time. What is a […]

Help for mothers in need of addiction treatment

Pam is a single mother of two beautiful little girls, Patty and Penny. Patty is a curious, but affectionate 6-year-old. Penny is a very smart 4-year-old, but prone to temper tantrums. Pam works nights at a convenience store and struggles to make ends meet. She was never much of a drinker and always tried to […]

Child custody while dealing with substance abuse
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A 2009 report from the Institute of Education Sciences stated that parental substance abuse was a factor in 25 percent of child maltreatment investigations. This kind of abuse was also featured in 50 to 79 percent of child welfare cases, where a child was removed from a parent’s custody and handed over to foster care. […]

Parents in recovery: Learn self-care
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Parents in recovery for substance abuse or mental illness face many day-to-day stresses —managing their symptoms, maintaining their relationships, working, attending self-help meetings, taking care of their children, parenting and other aspects of their lives. The recovery process for parents can be challenging as parents learn how to take care of themselves and the needs […]

Brain changes before and after pregnancy
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Research is continuing to uncover some interesting information about what happens to a woman’s brain during and after pregnancy that motivates her to nurture and protect a newborn baby. Dr. Lane Strathearn, a developmental pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas reports that recent research into brain activity in pregnant women can, in […]

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