Adam Hawks

Should I have my labor induced?

published on January 20th, 2015 by

After what seems like at least a year of waiting and pregnancy reaches the final few weeks, many women find themselves facing this potentially difficult question.  On the one hand, a women is very likely fatigued-physically and emotionally-and ready for the pregnancy to end.  On the other hand, there are risks to consider with induction … Continue

Coming to The Hospital vs. Calling the Office?

published on December 31st, 2014 by

I’m near my due date; how do I know when I should come to the hospital or call the office?  Assuming you are past the thirty-fourth week of your pregnancy, I think of four (4) main signs or symptoms that should prompt you to call the office/hospital and/or come in to be examined.  This is … Continue

Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean? Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section

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Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean?  Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section   One of the most common reasons women undergo cesarean section today is because of having had a previous cesarean section.   That is, their physician subscribes to the, “Once a cesarean always a cesarean,” philosophy.  Yet many other women have successful vaginal deliveries … Continue

Story: Olson

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This is a story about a young man named Olson.  He was born in the early hours of 1/5/14 following the previous day’s snowstorm and weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces.  His size alone justifies celebration, but there’s more.  His mother gave birth to her previous two children via cesarean section and most told her that … Continue

Story: David Ronald

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This little man is David Ronald.  He was born on 12/11/14 and weighed 11 pounds, 10 ounces.  His Mom was so motivated to achieve a vaginal birth after having had cesarean sections  with her other children’s births, she traveled two hours from her home to see me and the Nurse-Midwives at the Fertility and Midwifery … Continue

Story: Slate’s VBAC

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This is a story about a young man named Slate.  He was born on 3/22/14 and weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.  His birth represents another great VBAC story.  His Mom came to me rather late in her pregnancy because of a problem that is far too common in obstetrical practice: she sensed that her provider … Continue

Mila’s VBAC

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This beautiful little girl is Mila, she was born on 8/8/14 and weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces.  Of course she is beautiful, and the magical way these photos capture her beauty  requires no fancy explanation.  But there is another story behind these photos.  It’s a story similar to several I have written, with an interesting … Continue

Wait: let’s talk about your weight

published on July 23rd, 2012 by

Who among us has not tried, or is not trying, to control their weight?  I’ve heard it said there are two kinds of people with respect to the epic struggle that is weight management: those who worry about their weight and those who lie about worrying about their weight.  I don’t know if that is … Continue

Birth Matters

published on June 20th, 2012 by

There is no doubt that knowledge equates to power and this adage could not be truer than in pregnancy and childbirth. The more you know, the more empowered you are to make decisions that are right for you and your baby. In pregnancy and childbirth there are so many decisions to be made it can … Continue