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Breastfeeding in Public: An Insider’s Look into the Controversy

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Passavant Area Hospital, Pediatrics, Women | Posted on 16-08-2016

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

If you spend time online, you’ve seen the stories. Moms asked to cover up or stop breastfeeding in public as to not offend people around them. While health experts and most of society agree “breast is best” when it comes to feeding your baby, how did where the baby eats become so controversial?

We talked to three current or former nursing moms to get their take on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Zika and Pregnancy: Know Before You Go

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, News | Posted on 06-04-2016

Pregnant-Woman-HikingThe mosquito-transmitted Zika virus has influenced travel plans and led to worldwide recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization that include guidelines for people who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant.

Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, Memorial Health System’s chief medical officer, encourages women who are pregnant to see their healthcare provider if they develop a fever, rash, joint pain, headache or conjunctivitis within two weeks of traveling to a country where cases of the Zika virus have been reported. Read the rest of this entry »

A Mom’s Brush with Death Creates Lifelong Friendship

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 23-09-2015

The Roskelley family shortly after Lucas' birth.

The Roskelley family shortly after Lucas’ birth.

Jenny Roskelley was young, fit and had a normal pregnancy. After more than 10 hours of labor, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section because they were concerned the baby’s size might be too much for Jenny’s small frame. Jessica Weirich, a Memorial Family Maternity Suites RN, was her assigned nurse and had just recently started working on the labor and delivery unit.

Jenny and her husband, Jimmy, welcomed healthy baby boy Levi into their family. But before they could bask in the newborn glow, things started to go terribly wrong.

“The pain was so intense,” Jenny said. “I told Jessica something was wrong. I could feel my heart slowing down.” Read the rest of this entry »

Knowledge and Support Key for Breastfeeding Success

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Pediatrics | Posted on 12-08-2015

Woman-BreastfeedingNew breastfeeding moms typically have two big questions during those first days after a baby’s birth, according to Marlene Rahe, RNC-NIC, IBCLC, who works in the Family Maternity Suites at Memorial Medical Center.

  • How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
  • When can I start pumping?

“There’s a fear of the unknown,” said Rahe. “You can’t see what’s going into the baby each time so there’s some self-doubt. I encourage new moms to concentrate on nursing frequently and monitoring baby’s output.” Read the rest of this entry »

What to Expect at the Hospital When You’re Expecting

Posted by | Posted in Maternity, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 15-01-2015

New-Parents-with-baby-and-doctorYou’ve made it! Nine long months, and now it’s almost time for your baby to make his or her debut. The excitement that comes with being a new parent shouldn’t be dulled by nerves about what to expect when you deliver. We talked to the experts at Memorial Medical Center’s Family Maternity Suites about what happens when you come to the hospital to have your baby.  Why? Because you have much more important things to think about.First of all, when do I go to the hospital? Read the rest of this entry »

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 »