Francine's Friends by the numbers

While there are so many ways to get involved during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we invite you to educate yourself about one more. With the...
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Defining midwifery

Today marks the beginning of National Midwifery Week (October 4 – 10) and, while we all have different conceptions of what these specialists look like...
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A refresher course

Today is National Grandparents Day ­­– an occasion to celebrate the men and women who brought us into the world, as well as their very special...
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Be a part of Baby Health Month

September is Baby Health Month and, when it comes to keeping your precious new arrival safe, happy and out of harm’s way, we have the educational...
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Endometrial Cancer: 101

     Understanding gynecologic cancers is extremely important for women, their families and their communities. When I gave a lecture on gynecologic...
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Magical thinking and denial: learning to think...

Writing about cancer is difficult. Who’s going to read it? Even using the word can be difficult. Our aversion to the topic takes the form of magical...
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Cervical Adenocarcinoma in Situ: What every woman...

Cervical cancer screening has undergone some very important and significant changes recently. If you are of a certain age, you may remember the...
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Peering through the smoke and mirrors – is vaping...

Vaping is not the latest fashion trend or diet fad. Vaping refers to the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs.    The...
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An invitation to independence - my five-point plan...

I have to tell the truth.   I have to let women know that cigarettes are one of the most addictive legal substances on the market. The product is...
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A simple guide to delayed cord clamping

What is delayed cord clamping? What are the benefits and the risks for your baby? How long should the delay be? These are just a few of the questions...
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