Ask Sofia: Should I only take folic acid while pregnant?
While many women recognize the importance of folic acid during pregnancy, it is actually a vital nutrient for growth and development that is recommended for women throughout their life span. This B vitamin helps prevent birth defects in babies and it also helps our bodies make new cells.
The beautiful babies of 2019
At Clinic Sofia, our team was honored to deliver hundreds of your beautiful babies in 2019! No matter how many deliveries we attend, we are always amazed at the magic of newborns and the parents who welcome them into their growing families.
Ask Sofia: How much does it cost to have a baby?
If you live in Minnesota, you will likely pay somewhere between $6,000 and $15,000 to have a baby, according to FAIR Health’s state-by-state data. The survey showed that Minnesota was 31st in the nation for delivery costs, with vaginal birth ranging from $6,000 to $11,000 (with vs. without insurance) and C-sections ranging from $8,800 to about $15,000, again the first figure showing a delivery with healthcare insurance and the latter without insurance. The cost with insurance reflects the full hospital bill and out-of-pocket costs would vary based on the insurance plan.
Supporting a Friend through Infertility or Pregnancy Loss
While more women today are open about their struggles with infertility or pregnancy loss, it is still hard to find the right words when one of your friends or loved ones shares her challenges in getting pregnant or maintaining pregnancy. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month can open our eyes and hearts wider to these issues: 1 in 8 couples has difficulty getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ask Sofia: What is Diastasis Recti?
While not everyone is familiar with this condition or big name, it is something we see almost every day at Clinic Sofia. Diastasis is typically defined as a separation of the rectus abdominus muscle of 2 centimeters or more. Some women are born with a congenital condition, which can lead to abdominal wall weakness, although this is less common, while others acquire it due to pregnancy, obesity or age-related tissue defects.
Sonographer: A Day in the Life
If you have had an ultrasound at Clinic Sofia, you’ve had the opportunity to meet our wonderful sonographers, Nancy Kibwage and Jenni Curran. Both have been with our clinic for several years—Nancy has been here since day one—and play an integral role in keeping our patients informed about their bodies throughout pregnancy and other conditions. This month we spoke with Jenni to learn more about what a sonographer does and the role of ultrasound in women’s healthcare.