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Samantha Kauffman

Samantha Kauffman, RNC, is the perinatal education coordinator at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. She holds an extra certification in OB nursing, is a certified childbirth educator, a certified mother-friendly nurse, Rebozo certified, and a hypnobirthing practioner. She enjoys working with new parents or parents adding to their family. Samantha and her husband have been married for 32 years. Both grew up in Newaygo County and they have six children, four grandsons, and one granddaughter. Samantha enjoys working in her community and with the OB providers at Gerber Memorial to share how awesome childbirth and children are. She also enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, reading, and biking.

Samantha Kauffman

Posts from Samantha Kauffman

When pregnancy takes its toll

Hip and pelvic pain can sometimes be triggered by the pregnancy-induced hormone relaxin.

New babies—made for the shade

Fresh air and sunshine are great for older kids, but newborns should be kept under cover.

Postpartum ponderings

New guidelines recommend an OB/GYN visit within three weeks of delivery—with other visits as needed for three months.

Pregnancy’s itchy palms, itchy feet

A little-known condition during pregnancy comes with some telltale signs.

Ready, set … action! The sequel

Don't let pop culture fool you into thinking labor and delivery are harder—or easier—than they really are.

The safe haven

Have you heard about this Michigan law?

Ready, set … action!

If you want to learn the truth about birth, labor and sudden delivery, you'll need to look beyond pop culture.

More than just an itch

If you're battling a particularly brutal bout of itching, you may want to undergo testing for cholestasis of pregnancy.

Expecting? Know your good fats, bad fats

Avocados, nuts, fish and healthy oils ought to have a firm spot in your diet while that little person grows inside you.

Protein: Power for pregnancy

Research suggests improved fetal growth rates result from moms with higher-protein diets.

Expecting? Don’t skimp on healthy carbs

And don't be afraid of weight gain, especially from unprocessed foods.

Pregnant? Keep a belly-minded brain

It's absolutely essential expectant moms keep nutrition top of mind.