Pregnancy

November 20, 2018

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the Cradle to Grave Phenomena – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 16

“A cradle to grave phenomena.” That’s how our subject matter expert in this episode of My Healthy Life refers to STDs. Not quite dinner table talk, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are indeed something that need to become more normalized in our conversations. Despite the common idea that teens or young people are more susceptible, STDs […]

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November 13, 2018

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: When Babies Experience Withdrawal

By Meg C. Coleman, FNP, PNP Neonatal abstinence syndrome (also called NAS) refers to symptoms of withdrawal that babies may sometimes develop after birth if their mothers have taken medications or drugs that can be addictive during their pregnancy. What causes neonatal abstinence syndrome? Many drugs used by mothers can reach the baby while they […]

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November 1, 2018

When the Unexpected Happens: Mission’s Specialized NICU Team Cares for Parents Too

November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Jill Whitfield’s story highlights how important it is to reduce premature birth rates and raise awareness of this serious and costly problem. Most expectant moms have a birth plan — an idea about how her child’s birth will unfold. Nothing was further from Whitfield’s mind than being hospitalized at 22 […]

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October 9, 2018

Risks of Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

One in 20 pregnancies will result in preeclampsia. What exactly is preeclampsia and how does it impact blood pressure? We spoke with Mary Cascio, MSN, RNC, about preeclampsia, and what it means before, during and after pregnancy, and what symptoms you should look for. What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia (sometimes referred to as toxemia) is a […]

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October 3, 2018

Can a Midwife Deliver My Baby?

By Grace Rice, Certified Nurse Midwife As a certified nurse midwife (CNM) working in a collaborative hospital practice, many of our patients show up for their appointments and don’t know that they’re seeing a midwife – let alone what a midwife is. As a result, I often get asked questions like, “Can you deliver my […]

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September 27, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Your Kids about Death

By the Mission Hospital Child Life Team Talking with anyone about death and the loss of a loved one is challenging – especially with the little ones. You might not realize how that conversation would go until it’s happening and you find yourself asking, “How do I tell my child?” While they may not fully […]

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September 25, 2018

Good Night Baby: 5 Things You Can Do for a Safe Sleep for Your Child

New parents would do almost anything to keep their baby safe. While experts don’t know the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), some steps can decrease babies’ risks, according to Melissa Woodbury, nursing professional development educator with Mission Hospital. Woodbury advises taking these steps for your baby’s safe sleep: 1 – Create a […]

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August 13, 2018

Zika: Pregnant and Planning a Trip? What to Know Before You Go

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina This time last year, talk of Zika was all over the news and social media. Based on the lack of coverage in the media today, you would think Zika is no longer a concern. But the risk of Zika infection for travelers, and its potentially devastating consequences for expectant […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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July 12, 2018

Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. […]

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