Pregnancy

May 5, 2021

Preeclampsia: Everything You Need to Know about This High-Risk Pregnancy Complication

Although it’s relatively uncommon, affecting just 3.4 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. each year, preeclampsia is a complication that can have serious long-term health effects for mom and baby. The condition is characterized primarily by higher-than-normal blood pressure during pregnancy, and may also involve elevated levels of protein in urine and a decrease in […]

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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 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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June 23, 2020

Ask the Doctor: Pelvic Floor Health

Sarah Bradley, MD, of Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, answers some questions about pelvic floor health. Q: What is the pelvic floor and what does it do? A: The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvis that support the organs in the pelvis, including the rectum, vagina, uterus and bladder. Contraction and […]

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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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February 18, 2020

Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease: Having a Baby if You Have a Heart Defect

By Cheri Hinshelwood According to the Adult Congenital Heart Association, if one parent has a congenital heart disease (CHD), the risk of having a child with CHD is 3-6 percent — and even higher if the parent is the mother. Advanced heart care has turned the impossibility of motherhood for women born with heart defects […]

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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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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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