We've all seen those pictures of the famous moms looking flawless while their babies are perfectly latched on, feeding away, neither one with a care in the world. They make it look so natural and easy. Well, here's the truth about breastfeeding: It's natural, but it's not always easy.
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When I came home from Iraq in 2004, I often felt invisible as a woman soldier. When I left the Army to care for my combat-wounded spouse a year later, that same sense of not being fully recognized or treated equally persisted when I first sought care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That's not particularly surprising: Back in 2005, while women made up 15% of the military, we were less than 6% of patients getting care in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Many providers and facilities were ill-prepared to serve us equitably.
Whether you watch, read, or scroll to get your news, you have undoubtedly seen the reports — our country is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose and deaths as a result of opioid misuse. In 2015, 33,091 Americans died as a result of opioid overdoses. That's higher than the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents, and it's a 15.6% increase from the previous year.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the Office of Minority Health Blog for Health Equity. The original post date was July 28, 2017. Read the original post.
One of the first decisions all moms have to make is how they're going to feed their babies. For National Breastfeeding Month, we interviewed a mom who decided to breastfeed. Lauren Sogor is the proud mom of a 10-month-old girl. From the joys to the challenges, she shares her experiences breastfeeding and offers her tips for pumping at work.
Lauren Sogor works in health policy communications and lives in Virginia with her husband, their 10-month-old daughter, two rambunctious dogs, and a cat.
Since National Women’s Health Week, I’ve been working hard to upgrade my health style from healthy-ish to total wellness rock star. It hasn’t been easy — and there have been some bumps along the way — but I’m getting there!
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) released the Final Report: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women. The report examines the prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids. It also presents findings and takeaways from OWH’s national and regional opioid meetings held in 2016.
From serving in a war zone to dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to becoming Ms. Veteran America 2016, Molly Mae Potter shares her story about being in the Air Force and then transitioning to civilian life. She opens up about her experiences with PTSD and the role her family's dog, Bella, played in her healing. Read her interview to learn what it was like being a woman in the military, when she was diagnosed with and finally got treatment for PTSD, and her thoughts on how others can support women veterans.
I love to have fun in the sun just as much as anyone. But don't let the warmth or the longer days fool ya! Whether you're out hiking, at the ballpark, or just trying to beat the heat, here are a few tips to keep in mind so you have a safe and healthy summer.
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