August 2012

Babies and toddlers fed a healthy diet may have slightly higher IQs by the time they are 8 years old than children fed less healthy foods at a young age, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide, in Australia, found an early diet rich in junk foods could cost children up to two IQ points.

"Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children's IQs," said the study's leader, Lisa Smithers, a public health researcher... Read More »

The decision to pursue a vaginal birth after a C-section (called a VBAC or TOLAC - trial of labor after C-section) is a big question for many expectant mothers. VBAC eligibility is dependent upon many factors, and is safe for many patients. Patients who have had one low transverse uterine incisions who do not have any contraindications to attempting vaginal delivery may be VBAC eligible.

Unexpected emergency circumstances can occur during any labor, and are somewhat more common during an attempted VBAC. The most serious risk associated with VBAC is rupture of the scar from the prior... Read More »

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Week, some Hillcrest HealthCare System employees and new moms get together for a fun video supporting breastfeeding.