Jessica Holbrook, MSN, RN, CCRN

Jessica is a current ICU nurse and nurse writer with specialized certifications in pediatrics, life flight, and cardiac surgery. She has spent most of her healthcare career caring for medically complex and chronically ill pediatric patients. Her writing focuses on education of patients and families to help them make informed healthcare decisions.

 

Jessica graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Weber State University, where she focused on hospital quality improvement and expanding access to healthcare for at-risk populations. Her masters thesis focused on health and wellness education for adolescents.

 

Before starting her career in healthcare, Jessica worked for years as a nanny and a high school sports coach. She spends her spare time trail running with her husband and baking with her daughter.

Jessica Holbrook
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Breastfeeding

Breast Pumping Schedule: Creating One That Works for You

Whether you choose to pump exclusively or use a combination of breastfeeding and pumping, a breast pumping schedule can help you be successful.

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Breastfeeding

Gassy Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

The food you eat can pass from your digestive system into your breast milk. There are several gassy foods to avoid when breastfeeding to keep your baby comfortable.

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Breastfeeding

Mastitis in Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Mastitis in pregnancy is a rare cause of breast pain and discomfort. If identified early, it is easily treatable with antibiotics.

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Pregnancy

Dealing With the “Ring of Fire” During Birth

Breathing techniques, position, and massage can all help you deal with the “ring of fire” during birth.

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Health & Nutrition

Does Treating Baby Acne With Breast Milk Work?

You may have heard about treating baby acne with breast milk. Baby acne is caused by hormones in your baby’s system and usually clears up on it’s own.

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Pregnancy

Postpartum Foot Pain: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Postpartum foot pain is caused by inflammation at the bottom of your foot. Wear supportive shoes and massage your feet to improve your symptoms.

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Pregnancy

How to Sleep After a C-Section

Sleep after a C-section is important for recovery. Finding a good position, the right temperature, and medications can help you with sleep after surgery.

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Pregnancy

C-Section Scar Pain: What to Do When It Keeps Hurting

C-section incision pain is common right after delivery. Pain that lasts for months or years after your C-section should be addressed by a doctor.

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Pregnancy

Curb Walking to Induce Labor: Does It Work?

Curb walking can help open up your pelvis and bring your baby down into position for delivery. It’s one of the best ways to induce labor naturally.

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Pregnancy

Midwives Brew: Does It Really Work to Induce Labor?

Midwives brew is a drink made with castor oil that can help jumpstart labor. It should only be used after discussion and approval of your physician.

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Pregnancy

Creating Your C-Section Birth Plan

A C-section birth plan is a great tool for both planned and unexpected cesarean sections. Having a plan relieves stress and gets your needs met during delivery.

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Pregnancy

The C-Section Shelf: Does It Ever Go Away?

A C-section shelf is excess skin and fat that hangs over a C-section scar. You can make it smaller with diet and exercise or eliminate it with a tummy tuck.