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What Every Pittsburgh Parent Needs to Know About Lead Poisoning

When the news broke in 2014 about evaluated lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s water, I, like many parents, was outraged. Thousands of residents had drank polluted Flint River water for 18 months before the disaster was even recognized. Many children were lead poisoned. The consequences of the exposure of elevated levels of lead are still […]

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Jefferson Hospital: Supporting Mothers in Attempting ‘VBAC’

AHN Staff Highly Skilled at Performing Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Dr. David A. Logan remembers the patient well. Jane was one week from delivering her baby. And she had just learned that the obstetrician overseeing her pregnancy had resigned unexpectedly from the local hospital. Having delivered her first child by cesarean section (C-section), Jane wanted […]

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Advice From My L&D Nurse

The past two weeks leading up to the due date of this post have been stressful… to say the least. My children are adorable, sweet babies, but there are two of them under two. When one cries, the other cries for my attention and they have gotten the art of not napping together down perfectly. […]

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Pediatrics at Jefferson Hospital: Care beyond Expectations

On-site counseling, walk-in appointments among services that take care to a higher level Last spring, Jessica had felt the greatest joy of her life: carrying newborn daughter Kayla through the front door of her home for the first time. The cheers and hugs of family greeted them on the other side. But just three months later, […]

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Breastfeeding: The Struggle Is Real

Most of the time, I love breastfeeding my son. The time with him that’s just ours, the special closeness, and the coolness factor that I am feeding him with my body are just a few of the reasons why I continue to do it. But if we’re being honest — and what’s a blog for […]

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