Pregnancy

November 20, 2020

5 Benefits of Choosing a Baby-Friendly Designated Hospital

By Carolyn Comeau Countless studies underscore breastfeeding’s powerful benefits, including reducing a baby’s risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory tract and ear infections, a wide range of allergies and even diabetes. That’s why Mission Hospital McDowell’s new Baby-Friendly® hospital accreditation from Baby-Friendly USA, the organization that recognizes facilities that commit to enacting a […]

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October 23, 2020

Newborns and Coronavirus: Helpful Ways to Protect Their Health

One thing that won’t ever change? Newborn babies at our hospital and their mothers who get our absolute best, every time. It’s understandable for parents to have questions about what to be aware of with respect to newborns and COVID-19. Although there’s no vaccine for COVID-19 yet, there are ways to safeguard yourself and your […]

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October 5, 2020

Delivery and COVID-19: Answers to Common Questions

Every birth is unique. This momentous time in a family’s life remains as special and unique to us as it is to those we care for. While it’s true that moms can expect some extra precautions in light of COVID-19, you can count on us to create a safe, compassionate delivery experience. Our facility and […]

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July 30, 2020

4 Ways to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your OB/GYN

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Good doctor-patient relationships are important at every stage in life and help ensure the best health outcomes. For women, building a solid connection with their obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) is essential. Whether you’re visiting for birth control, family planning or a regular screening, these suggestions from Alisa Katherine Eanes, MD, an OB/GYN at […]

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July 29, 2020

The Breast Is Best: Baby-friendly Hospitals Support Breastfeeding for Its Lasting Benefits

By Cheri Hinshelwood World Breastfeeding Week in August is a great time to celebrate the long-term health benefits of breastfeeding — the most natural and nutritious way to sustain babies. “Many new moms haven’t had much exposure to breastfeeding and have to learn quickly to gain confidence and an understanding of how to be successful,” […]

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July 10, 2020

From Apprehension to Joy: First-time Mom’s “Amazing” Birthing Experience

By Deanna Thompson In October 2019, Katelyn Hutchins was a bundle of nerves as she made her way to Mission Hospital McDowell. Not only was she about to become a mother for the first time, but “I had never been admitted to the hospital or had surgery before,” said Hutchins. “So, this was my first […]

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May 7, 2020

Labor and Delivery Nurse Continues to Provide Care and Comfort to Mothers during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Despite the many ways COVID-19 has turned life upside down, one of the things the virus cannot stop is timeless and universal: childbirth. As both National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Mother’s Day are upon us, Labor and Delivery nurses at Mission Health like Liz Barker, RNC-OB, commit to ensuring a safe […]

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May 6, 2020

Expect the Unexpected: A Traumatic Journey Ends with a New Baby

By Cheri Hinshelwood Paige Wood was expecting a new baby in a couple of weeks, but what she wasn’t expecting was the phone call that came the last week in June. Wood learned her husband, Ryan Neff, had been in a traumatic skateboarding accident and was being flown to Mission Hospital with serious injuries. The […]

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April 28, 2020

Mother Baby Unit Volunteer Doug Young Continues to Work at Home

By Aubrey Barnard It’s often said that new babies don’t come with instruction manuals. They also don’t stop entering the world just because there is a health crisis and a “Stay Home/Stay Safe” order. Fortunately for parents of babies born at Mission Hospital, Doug Young (who turned 90 this year) is dedicated to helping new […]

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March 23, 2020

Pregnancy and COVID-19

Information and guidance around the current strain of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is rapidly evolving, and we understand that this may prompt some questions regarding the safety of expectant mothers. We are here to provide you with answers. What Is COVID-19? Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms […]

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