Women’s Health

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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June 10, 2019

Quitting for Good: How Raymond Morgan Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks

Raymond Morgan, a 30-year veteran respiratory therapist at Mission Hospital McDowell, understands his patients’ struggle to give up smoking. “At work I see about a dozen critically ill patients per day with conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and lung or airway cancers. I know what smoking and other environmental factors do […]

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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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April 24, 2019

A Love of Community and Concern for Others – Q&A with Dr. Barrow

Brian Barrow, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Transylvania Women’s Care in Brevard, grew up in the Florida panhandle, which would shape his love for community and concern for others. We sat down with Dr. Barrow and discussed his passion for medicine and helping others, as well as his thoughts on serving the Brevard community. What drew […]

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April 4, 2019

A Pump and Electrical Wiring – Preserving Heart Health

By Todd H. Hansen, MD Think of the heart as a pump. Specifically, an electro-mechanical pump that propels blood through the lungs and throughout the whole body. It has electrical wiring that generates electricity. That electric current causes the heart muscles of the pumping chambers to contract to push blood through the arteries of the […]

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April 4, 2019

Pregnancy, Stress and Drinking – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

By Cheri Hinshelwood We’re all influenced by what we see, even expectant moms. Memes and fun videos on social media make it hard to discern fact from fiction about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Misinformation mixed with humor about alcoholic drinks for moms called “mommy juice” create a recipe that can affect the health of mom […]

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April 4, 2019

Hormonal Imbalances and the Impact of PCOS on Women’s Health and Quality of Life

By Jamie L. Ramsey, MD It’s been said that if your hormones are out of balance, your life can feel out of balance. This may especially feel true when it comes to a women’s health condition on the rise that is caused by hormonal imbalances. Obstetrician gynecologist, Jamie Ramsey, MD, tells us what she knows […]

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