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By: Liz B.
Hansen, Laurie CNM.
I have had 3 babies with Laurie. Each different and unique deliveries. I have had an epidural and gone unmedicated. No matter what I choose for my birth plan, Laurie was supportive. She spent time with me at each appointment. She is big on education. I learned new things with each and every pregnancy. She encouraged me to try new things as well. With my 5th baby she recommended the Hypnobirthing class given at the hospital. She knew even after having several babies, there is always new things to learn. It helped tremendously. I felt so much more in control of my body, emotions, and the entire environment around me while in labor. She labored with me in delivery. She was always good to tell me exactly what was going on and kept me informed. I had choices and options. I was able to decline the things I felt unnecessary and educated if it was necessary. It is definitely the Midwife experience with the safety of the hospital. I knew if any problems arose, I was in good hands. She is one of the smartest ladies I know. If she doesn't know something, she finds it out. She consults with other providers and perinatology openly and as needed. After delivery, she stays and helps the baby learn to breastfeed if needed. Laurie Hansen does a wonderful job and I would recommend her.
Tips & Advices
OB/GYNs learn to treat infertility as part of their standard education. OBGYNs who further their training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility are known as fertility specialists.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment where medication is used to replace hormones a woman's body does not create naturally. Women are prescribed either estrogen alone or a mix of estrogen and progesterone. The former is given to women who've had hysterectomies, while the latter is for postmenopausal women. HRT used to be a common treatment, but doctors have prescribed it less often in recent years, as concerns of negative side effects increased.
Endometriosis is a chronic condition where uterine tissue (endometrium) grows in areas outside the uterus. This can cause extreme pain, especially around menstruation and during sex. Other symptoms include infertility, chronic fatigue, and painful urination or bowel movements during menstruation. In addition, many women with endometriosis also have allergies, frequent yeast infections, or sensitivity to certain chemicals.
Morning sickness is a common pregnancy symptom that includes nausea and occasional vomiting. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of day. The exact reason for this condition isn't clear, although most believe it results from hormone changes affecting muscle contraction and relaxation in the stomach and intestines. Another theory suggests morning sickness is caused by an abundance of intestinal bacteria in pregnant woman.
OBGYNs can prescribe or perform the following types of birth control:
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Birth control shots
  • Implants
  • Diaphragms
  • Vaginal rings
  • Cervical caps
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomies
Women do not need to see an OBGYN to obtain over-the-counter forms of birth control such as male condoms, female condoms, or sponges.

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