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Jaelin Stickels, CNM, WHNP-BC, APRN

President & Co-Founder – She is Online, LLC



Groups sue to stop administration’s birth control rule

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Some of the many types of birth control available

The Trump administration issued rules Friday scaling back the Affordable Care Act mandate that employers provide birth control coverage without cost-sharing, a move praised by Republican lawmakers and conservative activists but criticized by Democrats and reproductive rights advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey challenged the rule in court, with Healey calling it “a direct attack on women’s health and the right to access affordable and reliable contraception.”

Reuters (10/6),  The Hill (10/6),  The Examiner (Washington, D.C.) (10/6)  Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief


Fractional thigh volume helps detect late-onset fetal growth restriction

Three-dimensional sonographic measurements of fractional thigh volume more accurately identified late-onset fetal growth restriction than two-dimensional biometry, such as abdominal circumference, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Fractional thigh volume correlated well with estimated fetal weight obtained at 34 to 36 weeks with birth weight, and it detected whether the fetus was small for gestational age, researchers reported.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (10/9) Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief


Vitamin D before pregnancy may cut risk of gestational diabetes

A study in the Journal of Diabetes found pre-pregnancy intake of at least 400 international units of vitamin D daily was associated with almost 30% lower risk of gestational diabetes, compared with risk among those who did not take a supplement. Women who supplemented with 1 to 399 IU of vitamin D also had a lower risk of gestational diabetes.

Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/5) Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief


Increased water intake may cut urinary tract infection risk

A 140-woman study presented at IDWeek 2017 found the risk of urinary tract infections among women who drank six additional 8-ounce glasses of water daily was reduced by half, compared with UTI rates among women who did not increase their water intake. The findings were based on data for healthy women younger than 45 who typically drank fewer than six 8-ounce glasses of liquids daily and had at least three UTIs in the year before the study.

Business Standard (India) (tiered subscription model)/Indo-Asian News Service (10/7),  LiveScience  Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief

Researchers: Middle-age women should be screened for obesity

Mayo Clinic researchers called for middle-age women to be screened for obesity or being overweight and offered education, treatment and support. They wrote in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings that central obesity specifically has adverse cardiometabolic effects, but weight gain in midlife also has other health risks.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (10/5)  Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief


CDC reports low summer flu activity, effective vaccine

CDC researchers found low-level influenza activity in the US during the summer and said the batch of flu vaccine distributed this season matches most of the circulating flu strains. The findings in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that influenza B viruses were prevalent from late May to late June, while influenza A viruses, particularly influenza A (H3N2), were predominant beginning in July.

Medscape (free registration) (10/5)  Sourced from ACNM SmartBrief

About the Author

Jaelin married her high school sweetheart (Ted) in 1984 and is the proud mother of 3 grown children (2 boys & a girl). She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown and holds several other professional certifications related to health and wellness; currently, she is working on her Doctorate degree. Jaelin works as a Midwife and Nurse Practitioner with her business partner Andie Wyrick at Holistic Heritage Homebirth in the Woodlands Texas.