Women’s Health

November 20, 2019

A Special Bonding: Kangaroo Care Gave Neonatal ICU Baby Josephine a Steady Start

Most expectant parents don’t prepare for their newborn to go into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU] after labor,” said Caroline Twiggs from Weaverville. “Now I tell friends they should tour the NICU.” High blood pressure and a prolonged delivery were hard on Twiggs and her husband, Michael Whetsell. But when baby Josephine showed distress, […]

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November 11, 2019

Bladder Matters: What to Know about Keeping It under Control

From dribbles to gushes, leaking urine when you cough, jump, sneeze or lift can be embarrassing. Urology experts explain how to reclaim your freedom from stress incontinence. What causes it? Stress urinary incontinence is defined as the leakage of urine during physical movement or activity, such as coughing, jumping or sneezing. It’s not related to […]

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October 9, 2019

Dense Breast Ultrasound – Helen Sandven, MD, on ABUS Breast Tissue Screening

Dense breast tissue puts women at greater risk for having undiagnosed breast cancer. 3D whole breast ultrasound, also known as ABUS, is recommended annually for women with dense breasts. Because younger women more often have dense breasts, younger women benefit from this screening tool. Here’s what else to know about ABUS and how it works […]

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October 3, 2019

Call the Midwives: 5 Myths Debunked by Our Expert

Grace Rice, CNM (certified nurse midwife), at Mission Women’s Care, sheds light on common midwife misconceptions. Rice emphasizes that whether you choose a doctor or midwife, your comfort level comes first: “The best caregiving relationships happen when communication is open, decisions are shared and mutual trust has been established.” MYTH 1: Doctors are safer than […]

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August 29, 2019

Straight Talk about Incontinence: How It Affects the Quality of Life for Men and Women

Incontinence — the inability to make it to a bathroom before urine begins to leak — affects men and women differently,” said Brian Cohen, MD, MPH, FACS, a urologist with Mission Urology. “Both men and women are equally affected by overactive bladder symptoms. These symptoms include frequent urination, urgency of urination and urge incontinence.” For […]

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August 22, 2019

Suite Smart: New Mission Hospital McDowell Birthing Suites Give Families Comfort and Security

Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s most joyful events. In western North Carolina expectant parents are enjoying the amenities and enhanced safety offered by Mission Hospital McDowell’s five new state-of-the-art birthing suites. Margaret Sullivan, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at Mission Women’s Care – McDowell and service line leader of Women’s Services […]

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July 8, 2019

What a Difference a Day Makes: The Pros of Delaying Your Newborn’s First Bath

The first 24 hours of parenthood are precious. While it’s a whirlwind of wonder, one thing many of us remember is baby’s first bath. However, research shows that waiting just one day before your newborn’s first bath can make a huge difference in their overall health. Joni Lisenbee, RN, the nurse manager of Mission Hospital’s […]

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June 20, 2019

Tech Time and ADHD – How Much Is Too Much?

Limiting Screen Time “Too much screen time may push people on the cusp over the edge,” said Penny O’Neill, MD, a pediatrician at Mission Women’s and Children’s Center Franklin. Dr. O’Neill believes the brain can be trained or untrained by fascinating games that reward impulsivity. Those with poor attention are later challenged to focus on […]

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May 13, 2019

Put Your Sleep Skills to the Test: How to Do a Sleep Study at Home

Do you snore? Do you feel tired during the day? Do you feel restless at night? Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing in your sleep? Do you wake up gasping or choking at night? If you answered yes to any of these, you would probably benefit from a sleep study. There are […]

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May 10, 2019

A Note to Moms from a Mother-Baby Nurse – Mother’s Day Tribute

By Taylor Alef, RN To be a mother-baby nurse is to feel like a witness to the art of womanhood. We are with you in the first few days of your baby’s life, supporting you and your family through the most intense physical and emotional experiences of your lives. We see the pain that comes […]

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