Valley Perinatal Blog

About Us

Valley Perinatal is a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) practice dedicated to reducing pre-term delivery and creating the best possible outcomes for high-risk expectant mothers. Directed by Dr. John Elliott, MFM specialists at Valley co-manage pregnant women alongside their OB/GYN, leading to higher gestational ages and decreased NICU admissions.

Case Study: EFT in Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Pregnancies

Dr. Ravi Gunatilake published a recent article in Obesity: A Research Journal. The article provided extensive insight into the impact that gestational diabetes has on a baby’s weight. Below are the highlights of the case study. Diabetes and Fetal Obesity There has been evidence that the metabolic environment of a mother can affect fetal metabolism. […]


Types of Chromosome Abnormalities

Your baby’s growth and development starts sooner than you might think. When you and your partner’s genes come together during pregnancy, it means more than just guessing whether your child will have their dad’s smile or their mom’s eyes: it could mean a risk for genetic problems and, in some cases, chromosome abnormalities. Genetic problems […]


A New C-Section Recovery Option

C-sections are the most commonly-performed surgical procedure in the United States. Millions of deliveries are performed via C-section every year, but that doesn’t mean that the procedure comes without complications. C-section complications could lead to a longer healing time, pain, an increased rate of infection, a chance of rehospitalization, and more expensive medical care for […]


Growing Pains – By Cassie Vanderwall

Note: this blog is part 3 in a series. Read the previous posts: The Pregnancy and From Zero to Quints. Your life changes when you become a parent. There’s no doubt about it. Those changes don’t stop at childbirth; at each stage, the child grows and the parent adapts. At conception, I grew in my […]


From Zero to Quints – By Cassie Vanderwall

Note: this blog is part 2 in a series. Read the previous post: The Pregnancy. I was settling in for a day’s work on the morning of July 31st, when I thought my bladder had finally given up on me and was done with the abuse from the 10 kicking feet. But, upon further investigation, […]