Jennifer Risinger, MD
More babies are born in September than in any other month of the year. Why? OB/GYN physician Jennifer Risinger, MD, said it might be related to a couple reasons.
“We probably have more conceptions in December,” she said. “There are a lot of holidays with people taking vacations, and with a little more down time, maybe couples are making a little bit more whoopee in December. We also think our fertility increases in the cooler months.”
Dr. Risinger said if couples are ready to have a baby there are several things they need to do.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and exercise.
- Make sure you are taking your vitamins – that’s important for both men and women.
- If you smoke, stop. Smoking decreases our fertility and increases complications of pregnancy.
- If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage, make sure it’s in moderation.
She said it’s also important to pick an OB/GYN and the hospital that’s right for them. “You want to look for a facility that can take care of both the mom and the baby. If a woman has certain risk factors that may make a pregnancy more complicated, she needs to be at a higher-risk facility. Choose a location where you have obstetricians, high-risk pregnancy doctors or medical specialists available, as well as facility where there is a nursery that can take care of their baby in that way,” Dr. Risinger said.
The different levels of care for babies are designated this way.
- A Level I nursery cares for healthy, full-term babies or babies close to their due date (35 weeks or later).
- A Level II nursery is for babies born after 32 weeks who require close monitoring of problems that are expected to resolve soon, such as jaundice, trouble maintaining body temperature or feeding issues.
- A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the highest level of nursery for critically ill babies.
“The wonderful thing about Prisma Health is we can take care of every mom, from low risk to high risk, and every baby, from low-risk newborns to the high-risk earliest babies right here in the Midlands,” said Dr. Risinger.
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