Inducing Labor Before 39th Week Isn’t Best for Developing Babies

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity | Posted on 04-06-2012

For some moms, it’s not enough to have their new baby arrive; they want their bundle of joy to arrive on a specific date.

It’s known as an elective delivery. That’s when the mom-to-be and her physician agree that it’s time for the baby to be born and schedule a date to go to the hospital and induce labor.

It’s convenient and easier to make plans for some women, especially if this isn’t their first child. They don’t have to wake Grandma or another relative up in the middle of the night to take care of the older siblings if that’s when labor starts on its own. Others may want their baby born on a significant date, like a holiday or a relative’s birthday.

But scheduling elective deliveries before the 39th week of gestation – the average pregnancy is 40 weeks – can raise some concerns for the baby’s health, said Laura Ashbaugh, RN, nurse manager with Family Maternity Suites, the maternity unit at Memorial Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Young Child Emotionally Healthy?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity, Mental Health, Parents, Pediatrics | Posted on 31-05-2012

All parents want their babies to grow up happy and healthy.

From the moment of birth, humans are social and emotional beings. This means infants, toddlers and young children have mental health needs. Although thinking of infants and mental health in the same sentence may seem strange, healthy social and emotional development in early childhood is important.

“During the very early years of life, children learn a lot about the world and their place in it. Young children are beginning to determine if the world is a safe place and if there are people who will meet their needs,” said Melissa Stalets, director of the Children’s MOSAIC Project, a program of The Children’s Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Military Dad Gets a Hero’s Welcome from Family Maternity Suites

Posted by | Posted in Maternity | Posted on 24-05-2012

Decorated hospital door for new daddy, Justin Painter, staff sergeant in the U.S. Army

On a Sunday morning in January, Alicia Painter delivered her first child after a 24-hour labor. It was a tough, medication-free birth that the new mom had hoped to experience with her husband by her side. Justin, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, however, was doing his best to travel to Springfield from Okinawa, Japan, where he and Alicia had been stationed for his three-year tour.

Not wanting to leave their families out of their pregnancy journey, Alicia had moved home for the final four months of her pregnancy, with the assumption that Justin would join her two weeks prior to her due date.

On Jan. 20, with the due date approaching, Justin tried to fly home but couldn’t because of inclement weather. The next morning, Alicia woke up to find her fluids were leaking. She was admitted to Memorial — which she had chosen after a tour of the Family Maternity Suites weeks earlier — and waited for word that her husband was on his way to her. Still yet to have experienced a contraction, Alicia was in tears out of fear her husband wouldn’t make the birth. Eventually she got word that he was on his way, but his trip would involve 20 hours of traveling. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Relief: Treat Yourself to the Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Exercise, Maternity | Posted on 09-04-2012

In 2000, pregnant and experiencing health complications, Ruta Kulys turned to meditation practices to help relieve her stress and better prepare for her child’s birth. It worked so well, she knew she was onto something.

A licensed clinical social worker at Memorial Counseling Associates, Kulys followed up her positive experience with meditation practices by receiving professional training in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which teaches meditation and yoga to help people manage stress. Her knowledge and talent as a yoga instructor led her to partner with Memorial’s Family Maternity Suites to offer prenatal yoga classes.

Prenatal yoga can be an ideal way to stay in good physical condition during your pregnancy and is a great way to take care of yourself and your growing little one. During a time of rapid physical and emotional changes, prenatal yoga provides relief from the common discomforts of pregnancy and time for deep relaxation. Read the rest of this entry »

Babies and Briefcases — Becoming a Working Mom

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity, Women | Posted on 27-09-2011

This is our fourth and final installment in our New Mom series. Click here for Part 3, “Just the Baby Blues – or Something More,” here for Part 2, “4 Steps to a Healthier Post-Baby Body,” and here for Part 1, “How to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship.”

Maternity leave is a special time for moms to bond with their new babes. But for the approximately 65 percent of women who work outside the home, that time eventually comes to an end (for some, more quickly than others).

Returning to work can be a challenge emotionally and logistically. Some working mothers at Memorial Medical Center, including Marlene Rahe, a registered nurse and lactation consultant on our Family Maternity Suites, as well as two mothers of newborn daughters who recently returned to work, share their tips on how to best juggle your many hats as a working mom: Read the rest of this entry »

Just the Baby Blues or Something More? Signs of Postpartum Depression

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity, Mental Health, Women | Posted on 19-09-2011

postpartumThis is Part 3 in our New Mom series. Click here for Part 2, “4 Steps to a Healthier Post-Baby Body” and click here for Part 1, “How to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship”.

Feeling tired and emotional after having a baby is normal for women to experience. You’re happy, but tears fall anyway. You’re tired. And you’re wondering how you’ll measure up as a mom. In most cases, these thoughts are normal and can be considered the baby blues — if they fade away after a couple days.

But when those feelings evolve to those of hopelessness and irritability and begin to affect your eating and sleeping habits for two weeks or more, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Steps to a Healthier Post-Baby Body

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity, Women | Posted on 09-09-2011

how to lose weight after babyThis is Part 2 in our New Mom series. Click here for Part 1, “How to establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship”

Soon after a new mom gives birth, her thoughts tend to turn to how they are going to get that pre-baby body back. Veteran moms Ruta Kulys, a licensed psychotherapist at Memorial Counseling Associates who specializes in mind-body therapy and is also a certified Hatha and prenatal yoga instructor, and Julie Finnell, a physical therapist with Outpatient Rehab Services at Koke Mill Medical Center, suggest four tips for moms on the pursuit of a healthy post-baby body: Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for Baby — How to Establish a Healthy Breastfeeding Relationship

Posted by | Posted in Classes, Expert Tips, Maternity, Women | Posted on 02-09-2011

A woman faces a deluge of decisions when she learns she’s expecting a baby, and deciding what and how to feed the baby is one of the biggies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives. In addition to being free, breast milk benefits babies by immediately providing antibodies to help boost their immune systems and has been proven to help prevent diabetes, obesity and allergies.

For the 75 percent of women who decide to try to breastfeed their babies, preparation for a successful nursing relationship begins before the baby’s debut. At Memorial Medical Center, our lactation consultants and Family Maternity Suites nurses are reliable resources for nursing mothers — both before and after delivery.

If you are an expectant mother who plans to breastfeed, our nurses suggest the following: Read the rest of this entry »