When to Have a Baby Part 2

Deciding when to have kids can feel overwhelming. Elise checks in with her partner about his considerations about when to have children. We would love to hear from the dads out there about how you knew you were ready to have kids.

Menstrual Disc

The menstrual disc collects fluid like a menstrual cup, but can be worn during intercourse. This product has been around for quite sometime, but there is a resurgence. These are more disposable than the menstrual cup, but are a comfortable alternative to tampons.

Strong Like Mama

Transitioning back to work after parental leave can be incredibly exhausting and emotional. For some mamas it feels so good to jump back into work and for others it is heartbreaking. We sat down with Alex West Steinman to talk about her upcoming transition back to work from maternity leave. Alex writes the awesome parenting blog Strong Like Mama and also recently launched a t-shirt line that focuses on positive mom messages. 

Postpartum Doulas

Postpartum doulas are AMAZING! After birth, your body is healing, you are learning how to take care of a tiny human, you may be trying to figure out how to use your breasts in a totally new way and you have all of life's chores to take care of. EXHAUSTING!! Postpartum doulas support mamas with everything from laundry to breastfeeding. The goal is to provide the mom whatever she needs to care for herself and the new baby.

Julie's C-Section

I was old enough to remember the birth of my brother, but I wasn't privy to the pregnancy complications. From a missing hand to early labor, my mom's third birth experience was far from what she expected. 

Improving the Pap Smear

When you think back to your last Pap smear or pelvic exam what comes to mind? The frigid, sterile environment? The paper gown? The pinch from the cervical brush? Ova interviewed 43 women about their experiences with Pap smears and pelvic exams. Several themes emerged from these interviews that can help all practitioners improve patient care.

Doula Spotlight: Natalia Hals

Are you curious about working with a doula during your childbirth? We recently connected with Natalia Hals to learn more about the role of a doula and her childbirth support business, A Woman's Design. Natalia started A Woman's Design so she could provide families a full range of childbirth services--doula support, postpartum support, childbirth education and more.

Living Through Endometriosis

Natalia Hals lived with debilitating abdominal pain for years before she found out she had endometriosis. Doctors suggested pain medication and hormones to mask her symptoms. This year, Natalia found a doctor in Atlanta that specializes in endometriosis and underwent surgery. Learn about Natalia's experience. 

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage. The symptoms are more subtle and are often dismissed as period or menopause issues. We connected with two cancer researchers to learn more about innovations in ovarian cancer. Thank you so much Dr. Song and PhD candidate Erica Schnettler from the University of Minnesota for helping us better understand reproductive cancers.

Cervical Cancer

Two cancer researchers from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Song and PhD student Erica Schnettler sat down with Ova to discuss cervical cancer. Good news! The HPV vaccination is decreasing the incidents for cervical cancer in the US.

Uterine Cancer

Every year 98,000 women are diagnosed with gynecological cancer in the US. Ova connected with two cancer researchers from the University of Minnesota Dr. Song and PhD student Erica Schnettler to learn more about these cancers. We focus on uterine cancer in this episode.