Women’s Health

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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July 10, 2018

Precious Little Time – Cuddle Cots Give Families the Chance to Bond

By Cheri Hinshelwood  Most parents fall in love long before their baby draws its first breath. Lives are inexplicably intertwined whether they have a lifetime or mere minutes together. “It’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve done,” said 36-year veteran nurse Martha Hill, RNC-OB, nursing unit supervisor for the Maternal Fetal Medicine […]

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June 26, 2018

Not Just for Relaxation – 5 Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Regular prenatal massages can work wonders for your pregnancy issues, right up through delivery. Toni Fisher, LMBT, lead massage therapist with MyHealthyLife® Wellness Services at Mission Health, talks about the many pluses of prenatal massage that expecting moms can expect. 1 – Improves sleep Prenatal massage supports the release of serotonin in the body, which […]

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June 8, 2018

How Kelly’s Legs Went from Varicose Veins to Very Pretty

Kelly Kranker, 39, felt like her legs belonged to a much older person. Her varicose veins initially appeared with her first pregnancy. After she delivered, the swelling improved. However, Kranker, still had some swelling, pain and prominent varicose veins. She was exploring treatment options at The Vein Specialists of Carolina Vascular, an affiliate of Mission […]

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June 1, 2018

Women’s Cancer Q&A – Physical Therapy Benefits

Rebeca Bermudez, physical therapist with HOPE Women’s Cancer Center, answers questions about physical therapy. Q: What issues do physical therapy address? A: There are three primary areas I focus on when assisting women who are being treated for cancer: Pain, fatigue and weakness. Patients who have undergone treatment often have weakness in their arms and […]

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June 1, 2018

Got Milk? Providing the Right Mix of Nutrients for Premature Babies

Moms do so many amazingly wonderful things for their kids. Breastfeeding is probably the most important thing they can do for their babies. Making sure infants have the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong is the goal of Mission Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Infant/Nutrition (PIN) Room. “It is extremely important to have an area […]

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May 23, 2018

Ask the Doc – Contraceptive Choices and Preconception Care

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about planning for pregnancy and contraceptive choices. Q: What is preconception care? A: Any time a woman is planning a pregnancy, she should make an appointment with her primary care provider or OB/GYN for a preconception visit. The goal of this visit is to make sure […]

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April 17, 2018

Alcohol Answers – Sobering Information about Drinking and a Healthy Lifestyle

Fatal if untreated, alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease to which many Americans are genetically predisposed. Each April for the past 30 years, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has campaigned to illuminate alcoholism, its causes, effects and treatments during National Alcohol Awareness Month. Here’s what you need to know: How much […]

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April 10, 2018

Ask the Doc – Pelvic Pain, Cancer Screenings for Women

Ellen Hearty, MD, of Mission Women’s Care, answers questions about cancer screenings for women and pelvic pain. Q: How important are cancer screenings for women? A: Cancer screening is an essential component of preventative health. Starting at age 21, women should see their primary care provider or OB/GYN to start getting Pap smears. The interval […]

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April 10, 2018

A Thank You Note to the Team at Mission Breast Center

When Sharon Boyd sent a hand-written message of appreciation to the team at Mission Breast Center, it warmed their hearts. We are humbled and honored to share Sharon’s note here: I am writing to express my thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff at Mission Breast Center. Over the past couple months, I had several […]

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