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  • Sleep Safety for Babies

    Keeping your baby safe is a top priority for parents. Here are some guidelines to help you maintain baby’s safety at night and during nap times.
     

  • Addressing Those “Embarrassing” Questions Before Your OB/GYN Visit

    Dr. Kara Geoghegan, OB-GYN at Deaconess-The Women's Hospital, wants women to know that no question is off limits

  • Thoughts From a Doctor Who Runs Late

    Dr. Carrye Daum, OB/GYN at Women's Health Care, P.C., shares that you never know what someone else is going through and how working in the OB/GYN world things do not always go as planned. 

  • Grief in Stages: Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

    Dr. Libby Brown explores the stages of grief and how to cope with the loss of a loved one.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines For Pregnant Women – Three Perspectives

    An OB/GYN, gastroenterologist and a pharmacist—all women, all pregnant during COVID—share their stories of being vaccinated during their pregnancy.
     

  • COVID-19 While Pregnant With Twins – A Mom’s Perspective

    Andrea shares her story of having COVID-19 while being pregnant with twins. 

  • Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

    Kelsie Tarter, RN at The Women's Hospital

    Kelsie shares how she overcame the loss of a little one. 

  • Scoop with Drs. Fitz & Koop Featuring Dr. Griffin

    Dr. Fitzpatrick, CMO, MD, MBA, FACOG, Dr. Kuper, MD, FACOG, and Dr. Griffin, MD

    Dr. Fitzpatrick, Dr. Kuper, and Dr. Griffin discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and whether or not it causes fertility issues. 

  • Safe Sleep

    Taylor F., RN, MSN, Perinatal Center Program Coordinator at The Women's Hospital

    Taylor shares the ABCs of keeping your baby safe. 

  • Hypertension: Understanding High Blood Pressure

    Christi Pagett, MD, Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic - West

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is also known as the “silent killer.”  The American Heart Association reports that nearly 50% of American adults have hypertension. Learn symptoms and treatment options here.

  • Milk Donation: Helping Babies in Need

    Andrea Klotz, RN, BSN, IBCLC and Lactation Consultant

    Andrea Klotz discusses the Milk Depot donation process, who is eligible to be a donor, and the rewarding aspects of becoming a donor.

  • Thoughts on the COVID-19 Vaccine from an OB/GYN Physician Perspective

    Carrye Daum, MD, Women's Health Care P.C.

    An OB/GYN physician with Women's Health Care P.C. shares her perspective on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

  • Getting More Fruit Into Your Diet

    Debbie Pfeiffer, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    One of the best parts of summer are the seasonal, delicious fruits. Early summer gives us sweet strawberries; later we get to enjoy plump grapes, vibrant berries, juicy peaches...the list goes on and on! 

  • Traveling with a Newborn

    Elizabeth Whitlow Boutique Associate at The Women’s Hospital

    Elizabeth explains how to successfully travel with a newborn.   

  • Sign Me Up!

    Jenna Andrews Community Engagement and Marketing Specialist at The Women’s Hospital

    “You think you are busy now, just wait until they get involved in sports.”

  • Adoption 101

     Beth Paul, Licensed Social Worker at The Women’s Hospital

    Beth explains the basics of adoption.   

  • Breast Milk is the Best Baby Food

    Janice Hatler BSN, RN, IBCLC
     
    Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed babies, and provides infants with nutrition that cannot be matched by formula. Many people are aware that breastfeeding has health benefits for baby; however, moms who choose to breastfeed their babies enjoy many long and short-term benefits as well.

  • Expecting Twins, Triplets, or More?!

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Many women who are pregnant with multiples (2 or more babies) are excited but also anxious. Some common thoughts that may go through your mind when expecting multiples include...

  • HPV and Cervical Cancer

    Audrey Cornelius, PA-C, Oncology Physician Assistant

    January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Cervical Cancer is primarily caused by HPV—this stands for Human Papilloma Virus.  Currently, in the United States alone, there are 80 million people infected with HPV, and 14 million more become infected each year.

  • The Importance of Folic Acid

    Jennifer Deutsch, RD, Nutrition Services/Dietician Manager at The Women's Hospital
     
    Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. The CDC suggests that you start taking folic acid supplements daily for at least one month before you become pregnant and continue during pregnancy.

     

  • How Dads Can Help After Baby Arrives

    Rachel Beier, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital
     
    Being a part of your newborn’s life from the beginning is very important. Dad’s involvement promotes family bonding, increases the longevity and security of the new family, and decreases stress.  Dads can help ease the transition of adding a new baby to the family in the following ways.
     

  • Prenatal Massage

    Jonetta S., CMT, Licensed Massage Therapist at the Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services

    Prenatal massage is a great way to reduce stress and take personal care for the expecting mother.

  • Screening Test: Critical Congenital Heart Defect

    Anita H., MSN, RN, CNS, Professional Development Specialist at University of Southern Indiana 

    Babies should receive a pulse oximetry screen before hospital discharge to look for critical congenital heart defects.

  • The Women's Hospital NICU

    Educator at The Women's Hospital 

    If your baby requires special care due to prematurity or other conditions after birth, The Women’s Hospital sets a standard of excellence in providing the highest-quality care to our communities’ tiniest babies.
     

  • Dollars and Sense: Understanding Fertility Financing

    Fertility Counselor

    Are you thinking about starting fertility treatments, but are wondering how to pay for them? 
    You are not alone. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples in the United States. 
     

  • 10 Tips for a Pumping Mom

    Mary R., RN, Lactation Consultant at The Women's Hospital

    There are many reasons that a mom may be unable to breastfeed directly and needs to use a breast pump to remove her milk instead. Maybe mom has a baby with a medical issue that doesn’t allow her to nurse the baby. Regardless of the reason, it is important for a mom to remove milk during the times her baby would normally feed. This will help her body continue to make milk. To protect her milk supply, a mom should pump as often as her baby would nurse. Please use these helpful tips when using a breast pump for milk expression.

  • What All Women Should Know About Mammograms and Their Breast Health

    Michael Daugherty, MD, Deaconess Breast Services

    Breast cancer will develop in 1 in 8 American women in her lifetime. For 2020, it is estimated greater than 276,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and over 42,000 will die from breast cancer.

  • Recommended Medications for your Newborn

    Lacee W., RN, Maternal Care Advisors at The Women's Hospital 

    There are 3 strongly encouraged medications your baby should receive within just a few of hours of birth. Don’t worry, though, immediately after delivery, you will be able to hold your baby skin-to-skin and have uninterrupted eye contact before these medications are given.
     

  • Financial and Insurance Information

    The Women's Hospital Business Office 

    Being hospitalized or undergoing a medical/surgical procedure can be stressful.  Medical bills often add to this stress.  At The Women’s Hospital, it is our goal to simplify the billing process as much as possible.

  • Safe Sleep

    Elizabeth D., MSN, RNC-NIC, C-NPT Educator/Transport Coordinator at The Women's Hospital 

    It is important for parents and caregivers to educate themselves on safe sleep practices for babies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, creating a safe sleep area for babies can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. 
     

  • House Safety Tips for New Parents

    Wendy S., RN, BSN, CLC, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    It can be hard to believe as a new parent that - in a blink of an eye - the tiny human we hold in our hands will become a fast moving, curious, and adventurous crawler or toddler.  Lucky for us, we have a few months after recovering from our sleep deprived state to work through baby proofing our home in preparation for this fast moving little being.  
     

  • Feeling the "Baby Blues"?

     Libby Brown, PhD, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist at The Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services

    Pregnancy—check
    Delivery—check
    Baby is home—check
    Why do I feel so lost and overwhelmed?

  • Essential Oils For Your Nursery

    Flora Arzanipour, M.S.O.M., Licensed Acupuncturist at The Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services 

    Essential oils are natural and therapeutic, and can be used in your nursery to play a daily role in raising your baby. Always remember, though, they should be diluted before using them directly on your baby’s skin.
     

  • Breastfeeding and Pumping with COVID-19

    Gretchen M., RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator

    Many mothers have questions and concerns about the safety of breastfeeding and/or pumping if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or they are awaiting their test results.
     

  • Preeclampsia Awareness Month

    Dr. Spencer Kuper, Perinatologist, Tri-State Perinatology at The Women's Hospital

    May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month. Many may recognize the diagnosis, sometimes called toxemia, as the cause of a dramatic turn of events in the popular PBS drama “Downton Abbey.”

    One of the main characters, Lady Sybil Crawley, is in labor with her first child. The family’s doctor explains that Sybil has preeclampsia and is in danger. He recognizes the signs of the complication; she has protein in her urine, her ankles are swollen, and her baby is small.

  • Infertility During COVID-19

    Carrye Daum, MD, Women's Health Care P.C.

    An OB/GYN physician with Women's Health Care P.C. shares her experience with infertility, not only as a provider, but a patient. With elective medical procedures on hold across the US,  everyone is  wondering "when will this be over," but infertility patients are wondering "when can we finally become parents?" 

  • The Impact of COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Babies

    C. Brennan Fitzpatrick, MD, MBA, FACOG
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Tri-State Perinatology at The Women’s Hospital


    The Women's Hospital has been working hand and hand with the health system to ensure there are resources in place to care for patients.

  • Infertility Awareness

    Daniel Griffin, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    At the end of April each year, we observe National Infertility Awareness Week. Often times, as a fertility specialist (reproductive endocrinologist), I am asked when people should consider fertility care and treatment, if referrals are necessary and what to expect. Below are my answers to a few of the most common questions I get with regard to fertility care and treatment.

  • Big Brother, Big Sister

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women’s Hospital

    With the addition of a baby, will there also be a new big brother or big sister in your house? Have you thought about the effect a new baby will have on your children? 

  • Lymphedema: Top 5 Essentials

    Dusty Fiester, MPT, CLT-LANA at High Pointe Therapy at The Women's Hospital

    Cancer teaches us to “Clear the Clutter.” All of us are experiencing a similar time now.  So, while we simplify life to the essentials, what do we keep? 
     

  • Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

    By Flora Arzanipour, MSOM, Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services, The Women’s Hospital

    Many pregnant women have symptoms that may cause them discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to help relieve these symptoms. Besides providing relief for the mother, research shows that one acupuncture session a month during pregnancy can greatly improve your baby’s health.

  • The Facts about Endometriosis

    Daniel Griffin, MD, FACOG, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    Endometriosis is a common condition in which part of the uterine lining or glands are located outside of the uterus. Typically the glandular tissue is located in the pelvis and abdomen. The most common symptoms of endometriosis are painful menstrual cycles, pain with intercourse, infertility or an ovarian mass. Learn about the most common treatments for Endometriosis.

  • Mommy Guilt....Let it Go!

    Kimberly Foster, MD, OB/GYN, Women's Health Care P.C.

    As an OB/GYN physician (and mother of 5 boys), I am given the awesome opportunity to take care of expecting families. The majority of the articles for expecting moms are focused on our “first-time-moms”, but I want to focus on moms that are experienced or “veteran-mommies.”
     

  • The Baby is Here! Now What?

    Karla Kitch, MD, Deaconess Pediatric Hospitalist

    You’ve carefully followed your obstetrician’s instructions, and delivered a healthy baby… but now the BIG questions start to pop up. Usually these questions come to mind when it’s least convenient to you and often after your pediatrician’s office has closed for the day.  Here are some things to consider for these first few sweet but exhausting weeks!  

  • New Year’s Resolutions - Step By Step

    Carolyn Burns, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions 

    “New Year, New Me” is a phrase commonly heard after the holiday season ends and the New Year is about to begin. It’s generally followed by promises to give up sugar, only drink water, and work out six days per week. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking is not realistic and often leads to people giving up on their goals. 
     

  • Ways to Make Baby's 1st Christmas Special

    Lisa L., Child Life Assistant at The Women's Hospital

    Although your baby may be too young to understand the true meaning and joy of Christmas the first year, there are still special things you can do with them!

  • Why Donate My Baby's Cord Blood

    Terri Tibbot MS CTBS CEO, Life Line Stem Cell

    The birth of a child is truly a remarkable gift—a gift of life, promise, and hope.  As you cherish this precious new gift in your life, consider the ways in which you can extend your joy to others.  There are decisions you can make now to enable this amazing gift of life to help others to improve their quality of life.
     

  • Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy?

     Flora Arzanipour, Licensed Acupuncturist at the Center for Healing Arts and Wellness Services

    Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular as an ailment for common discomforts. Many women may wonder if these products are safe to use during pregnancy.

  • Exercising During Pregnancy

    Rachel M., Occupational Therapy Assistant

    Many women believe they are unable to exercise during pregnancy.  Contrary to their belief, exercising while pregnant is a very important part of having a healthy pregnancy. 
     

  • What Should I Eat While Breastfeeding?

    Gretchen Moody, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator

    What Should I Eat While Breastfeeding?What Should I Eat While Breastfeeding?

  • A Man’s Perspective on Breastfeeding

    Full disclosure- to be writing on the subject of breastfeeding is a little odd. I am not an expert in the field, nor any medical field. I also have never fed a child from my breast… my plumbing doesn’t work that way. I am however, a father of two children who were breastfed, and if my perspective can help in any way, I’ll add it to the conversation.

  • Why Should I Breastfeed?

    Gretchen Moody RN, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator

    The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breastmilk help protect babies from illness. This protection is unique and changes every day to meet your baby’s growing needs.

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy

    Abigail E., RD, CD at The Women's Hospital

    When you are pregnant, eating a healthy diet is important.

  • Infant Crying Patterns

    Every parent breathes a sigh of relief when their newborn belts out a strong, powerful cry.  Some parents are caught off guard, however, by how much their baby will cry in the first few months of life. 

  • Benefits of Immunizations

    Veronica M., Infection Prevention and Employee Health at The Women’s Hospital

    Why should we immunize? The CDC recommends that all children receive their immunizations according to the recommended schedule by age two. 

  • Fertility Facts for Enhanced Fertility

    Daniel Griffin, MD, FACOG
    Reproductive Endocrinologist at Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital


    Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for women and men trying to achieve pregnancy. The following are tips and advice for optimal fertility for couples who have made the decision to start a family.   
     

  • Easter Ideas for Parents

    Lisa L., Child Life Assistant at The Women's Hospital

    It’s almost that time – everyone is looking forward to the Easter Bunny coming!! It will be here before we know it. The kiddos are wondering what they will get in their baskets.  As parents, you can keep it fun, but easy! Create traditions in your family that you can enjoy each year as you look forward to holidays all year long. Here are some age appropriate Easter basket ideas for your little bunnies and chicks at home. 

  • What is Common Burial Service?

    Donald Simpson, Care Center Manager

    Three times per year, Donald's team partners with The Women's Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana and Alexander Memorial Cemetery to arrange the burial service for parents who have experienced a miscarriage.

  • Pregnancy and Pelvic Health

    Kim Snyder, Physical Therapist, Pelvic Health and Wellness Center at The Women's Hospital

    Let's talk about physical challenges of pregnancy. From conception to the birth of your baby, changes in your body are happening from head to toe. These changes are due to hormone levels adjusting, loosening of ligaments and connective tissue, enlargement of breasts and abdomen, and the growth of your baby fighting your organs for space. As a result of these changes, your body must adapt! During the adjustment periods there are some common symptoms that pregnant women appreciate. Some of these symptoms are normal and some are not. Some of the symptoms we can control on our own and some may need special attention.

  • Heart Disease During Pregnancy

    Dr. Brennan Fitzpatrick, MD, MBA, FACOG
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist at Tri-State Perinatology at The Women’s Hospital


    A mother’s heart is a precious thing. For all of us, the heart is the most recognizable symbol of health and vitality. For an unborn child, a mother’s heart is its lifeline- the engine that drives the pregnancy. 

     

  • My Favorite Valentine Calls Me Grandma

    Cindy Futrell, RN, Maternal Care Advisor

    There are so many ways to tell someone they’re going to be a grandparent. You can wrap up an ultrasound picture for your parents to open, give them a personalized t-shirt or do what my son did and surprise them at work and then expect them to carry on the rest of the day like normal!

  • Diagnosis and Management of PCOS

    Valerie T., NP, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    PCOS is one of the most common or hormonal problems affecting women. It affects 5-18% of women.

  • Flu Vaccines Are Important and Safe During Pregnancy

    Sonya M., Infection Prevention and Employee Health at The Women's Hospital

    Vaccination have been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant women by up to 50%. In fact, although the flu vaccine isn’t always as effective at preventing actual flu, recent research has shown that there is a significant reduction for vaccinated adults age 18-49 in their chance of being hospitalized in an ICU from flu complications, compared to unvaccinated adults.

  • Common Winter Illnesses In Children

    Mallory Williams Zorn, MD, Deaconess Clinic Pediatrics

    It’s “sick season”— kids everywhere are sharing germs with children at school, daycare and other activities. I want to share helpful information about common winter illnesses so caregivers know what to do, and how to help their child feel better.
     

  • Managing Time with Multiple Children

    Carrye D., MD, WHCPC

    Tips and tricks to keep in mind when strategizing time management with children..

     

  • Tasty Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

    Deborah Pfeiffer, MS, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and visit with family and friends. It’s also a time to enjoy holiday foods. With just a little bit of effort, you can eat your favorite dishes and still achieve your goals for better health. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. (I share some great recipes too!)

  • The Importance of Infant Massage

    Lorien A., MPT, OCS, High Pointe Therapy Manager

    Infant massage is a great way that you can help your baby with fussiness and bond at the same time! Our licensed and highly trained therapists at High Pointe Therapy use infant massage to treat common causes of discomfort. 

  • Dating your Partner AFTER Children

    Christy H., BSN, RN, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    Dating your significant other after having a baby can be hard. Let’s be honest, babies take up a lot of our time! We spend our days meeting every last need of our little ones, sometimes without even the thought of showering or brushing our own teeth. The thought of getting ready to go out for a date can seem daunting at times, but it is so important for our relationships.

  • More Fiber = More Gas?

    Carolyn Burns, Clinical Dietitian, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Eating a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains is great for our health, but can sometimes lead to bloating, gas, and other abdominal discomfort. Learn tips on making healthy food choices while still being able to go out in public.
     

  • Resources for Diagnosing & Treating Breast Cancer

    Sheila Seiler, Komen Evansville Tri-State, and Jennifer Small, Manager, Deaconess Breast Services

    Too often, women are skipping their mammograms because they either think they can’t afford the mammogram, or are scared of the cost of treating breast cancer if diagnosed. 

  • Homemade Baby Food Done Right

    Jennifer D., RD Dietetics and Nutrition Manager at The Women's Hospital

    When your baby’s doctor says it is time to introduce new baby foods, you may consider whether you will feed your baby store bought fruits and veggies from the jars as most of you probably were, or if you will try making homemade baby food. With homemade baby food, you can ensure that you know exactly what is going into your baby’s body. But, there are proper steps you should take to make sure the food they are eating is safe!

  • Spread Fun, Not Flu

    Kathryn Ekstrom, MD, Pediatrics & Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Morganfield


    I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to be sick with the flu.  A week or more of serious body aches, coughing, fever, etc. is not how I want to spend my time. Be prepared by getting your flu vaccine before flu season starts! 

  • Mom, I’m Hungry! Understanding Your Baby’s Feeding Cues

    Lorien A., MPT, OCS at High Pointe Therapy at The Women's Hospital

    Once you are home from the hospital, your daily routine will most likely revolve around feeding your baby. How do you know if your baby wants to eat or not?  If you know what to look for or “feeding cues,” can make this easier to figure out when baby is hungry.

  • Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Your Family

    Carolyn Burns, RD, Deaconess Weight Loss Solutions

    Now that children are back in school, morning time can be very hectic. Amid the busy routine of getting everyone up, ready, and off to school, it is easy to skip breakfast. But as you’ve probably heard, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.   
     

  • Endometriosis: New Options to Control Pain

    Constantine Scordalakes, MD

    Pain from endometriosis can be persistent and uncontrolled. The few medication options available today still leave many women in pain to battle through their endometriosis symptoms.

  • What is GBS and What Does it Mean for Me and My Baby?

    Ron Pyle, MD, Director of Neonatal Transport and Outreach Education

    What are Group B streptococci (GBS)?  What is Group B streptococci infection? 

  • What to Expect Your First Night Home

    Mary R., Lactation Consultant at The Women's Hospital 

    Being home with your baby for the very first time can be both exciting and unnerving. You have left the protective cocoon of the hospital. I had a huge stack of discharge paperwork and a fond farewell from the nurses and staff. I thought to myself…I am expected to know how to do all of this and take care of a baby!?! The answer is yes. 

  • Treating Pain in Pregnancy with Therapy

    Lorien A., MPT, OCS

    Pregnancy can cause many discomforts to a woman’s body. Consulting with your doctor is an important first step when suffering from pain. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy for managing your pain.

  • Working Mom Life

    Wendy S., RN, BSN, CLC, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    Making arrangements to get kids to and from school, attending school functions (these happen much more than I remember as a child), preparing meals, yard work on the weekends, projects due for school…and the list goes on…

  • School Physicals and Getting Back to School Routine

    Dr. Kusum Pradhan, MD, FAAP

    The start of new school year is just around the corner. Does your child need a physical or immunizations?  Have you thought about how to get back into a routine, or how to address "first day jitters"? This article can help.

  • Find a Class for Everyone in your Growing Family

    Christy H., RN, BSN, Maternal Care Educator at The Women's Hospital

    The Women’s Hospital has classes for everyone, whether you’re expecting your first child or just need a refresher on certain skills. All of our classes are taught by experienced professionals in their area of expertise. Therefore, you are sure to receive the most up-to-date, accurate information on the topics you are most interested in.
     

  • Infant Photography

    Elizabeth W., Clerical Specialist

    When you are selecting a photographer to capture your sweet baby’s milestones, there are many things to look for. Everyone wants the best quality of pictures, but we also want someone who is gentle with our baby. Choosing the right person for this can be a challenge.


     

  • Why is it Important to Know My Family Medical History

    Christine H., Genetic Counselor at Tri State Perinatology

    Knowing one’s family medical history allows a person to take steps to reduce his or her risk. You should address any concerns you have about your family history with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional such as a genetics counselor.

  • Flat Head Syndrome

    Lorien A., MPT, OCS

    Positional Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome) - How do we help and prevent it?

  • An Infertility Story: Journey to Baby Topper

    Valerie Topper, CNM, Boston IVF at The Women's Hospital

    70 pills, 46 shots, 112 vaginal suppositories, numerous vaginal ultrasounds, and 2 years and 4 month’s time…


     

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Reality That Must Be Discussed

    Rebecca Hopper, MD, Pediatrics/Internal Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Henderson

    About 20 million United States citizens get a sexually transmitted infection each year, with 15 to 24-year-olds accounting for half of all new STIs. Protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections is important and should be achieved not through fear, but rather education.

  • Knowing When to Take Your New Baby to the Doctor

    Kusum Pradhan, MD, Deaconess Clinic Pediatrician

    Bringing a new baby home is exciting and sometimes stressful. You want to do what’s best for your baby but how are you supposed to know what that is? What’s normal and what’s an emergency? Get tips from a pediatrician and a mom.
     

  • Online Parenting Resources

    Kusum Pradhan, MD, Deaconess Clinic Pediatrics

    Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, especially when it comes to children's health information and parenting advice. That’s what I tell my patients and their parents.
     

  • One Place for Breast Cancer Treatment

    Melody Littrell, Manager of Women’s Oncology & Breast Programs, The Women’s Hospital

    When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has many needs and concerns. One of the most important things she wants to know is that she’ll get the best care, beginning as quickly as possible. That’s why The Women’s Hospital and Deaconess Cancer Services decided to develop the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic.
     

  • Women and Heart Disease: Pregnancy Induced Heart Failure

    Courtney Hoppenjans,OB and Heart Patient, Deaconess Health System

    Courtney Hoppenjans, OB and Heart patient, shares her 2014 story about pregnancy induced heart failure. Learn about why women should listen to their bodies and how the amazing teams from The Heart Hospital and The Women's Hospital helped save Courtney and her baby's life.
     

  • Minimizing Visitors in the Hospital

    Gretchen Moody, RN, IBCLC, Community Education, Lactation and Patient Experience Coordinator

    Can you believe it’s here? The day that your baby is born has finally arrived! Friends and family are excited and eager to meet the new addition to your family. Grandmas can’t wait to get their hands on that sweet baby and they will…in time.





     

  • Dear New Mom, Don't Forget About YOU

    Constantine Scordalakes, MD, Women's Health Care P.C.

    The postpartum period—the days and weeks after giving birth--involves many emotional and physical changes for you as a new mother.  It also involves learning how to care for your newborn and how to function with the new demands at home. Adequate rest, good nutrition, and support from family and friends are crucial during the first few weeks after delivery to allow you to rebuild your strength.


     

  • 10 Baby Necessities: What Are They?

    Jenna Andrews, Community Engagement, and Experienced Mom

    You are in Babies R Us. Your husband has the scanner gun because, let’s be honest, the only way you could get him to join you was by promising he could play with the scanner gun. The haunting memory of registering for your wedding gifts 9 months prior is coming back. You are overwhelmed. You have never had a baby before! How are you supposed to know what you need?!

  • Heartburn or GERD?

    Andrew Benton, MD Family Medicine, Deaconess Clinic Gateway

    When is heartburn more than just heartburn? The quick answer is when the heartburn happens two or more times per week over several weeks, your taco dinner with hot sauce isn’t to blame and it may be time to talk to your doctor about GERD.
     

  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss

    Laura Lackey, BSN, RNC-OB, CPLC Bereavement Coordinator, The Women's Hospital

    October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.  The loss of a pregnancy or baby is a life changing event.  No matter the gestational age of the little one, you may hurt physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  The loss of a little one is not something families “just get over.”  Families grieve and mourn and eventually learn to live a “new normal” life. 

  • Flu Vaccinations and Pregnant Women

    Carrye Daum, MDOB/GYN, Women’s Healthcare P.C.

    The flu shot has traditionally been an important part of a pregnant woman’s prenatal care. This year, the flu shot has become a controversial issue due to a recent study and proposed association between the flu shot and miscarriage.  Learn more about the study and flu vaccinations so you are knowledgeable and informed.

     

  • Know Where to Go For Care

    Amanda Bohleber, MD, Medical Director, Deaconess Clinic

    A doctor—and mom—shares her tips for choosing the right care at the right time at the right place.

  • Keeping Your Baby Safe

    Capri Weyer, MD, Deaconess Clinic Gateway Pediatrics

    Baby safety is important for all new parents, but it doesn’t just stop there. Who else should stay up-to-date on the topic of keeping babies safe? Grandparents, older siblings, aunts, uncles and any other caregiver who may babysit or have a baby at their house can all benefit from these tips.

  • What’s Happening to My Body? 10 Common Pregnancy Discomforts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    There can be many discomforts to a woman's body that may accompany pregnancy. Consulting with your doctor is always an important thing to do when suffering from any sort of pain, but you may find these tips below to be helpful to ease common pregnancy discomforts. 

  • High Risk Pregnancy

    Katie Thomas, NP, Tri-State Perinatology at The Women's Hospital

    What is a high risk pregnancy? There are many conditions that can complicate a pregnancy, classifying it high risk. A high risk pregnancy can include problems with the mother or problems with the baby.

  • Keeping Your Relationship Healthy During Pregnancy and Parenthood

    Cynthia Nunn, RNC-OB, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    During my first pregnancy, I remember being tired all the time. Like, all the time. So unbelievably tired! There were moments I literally thought I was a crazy person.
     
    People had warned us of the effects a newborn would have on our life. However, we couldn’t really see past the rose-colored glasses which displayed the perfect little family and the perfect little child. Sleep deprivation was not part of the image portrayed in our minds. Yet this became a huge reality that neither myself, nor Ryan (my husband) really knew how to handle.

  • Swaddling

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    What does it mean to be swaddled? Swaddling is wrapping a blanket snugly around an infant.  Why do babies like to be swaddled? It helps to soothe them because it mimics the feeling a baby has inside Mom’s belly.

  • Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy

    Janice Hatler, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Community Education at The Women's Hospital

    Smoking remains a major public health issue because of its many well -known health risks such as heart disease and cancers. The health risks are even more serious for a woman that continues to smoke during her pregnancy due to the negative affects it has on the developing baby. Some of these risks include miscarriages, delivering low birth babies, babies born with birth defects and the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

  • Baby Blues

    Sarah Kluender, LSW, Wellness and Counseling Services at The Women's Hospital

    You've been preparing for the last several months for the arrival of your new baby.  The nursery is ready.  You have everything you will need in order to care for the new baby.  Delivery went well and you and baby have returned home from the hospital, but something just doesn’t seem right.
     

  • Oh Baby!

    Julia Baumeyer, Marketing and Communications Liaison, The Women’s Hospital
     
    As a mom of young children, I look back to what was available during my pregnancies.  I was first pregnant in 2007 when smart phones were very new and pregnancy apps weren’t really around. I wanted information and updates with regard to my pregnancy,  so I signed up to receive weekly emails to find out what was going on with baby and me week-by-week. 

  • Our Premature Miracle Baby

    Jenna Fettes, Wife and mother of two boys

    A week prior to the scary evening when I knew something wasn't right, we found out we were having a boy. We already decided on the name Asher, as I love names that have special meaning and are more unique. God truly guided us to the perfect name because Asher means "happy, blessed, fortunate," which truly defines him! 

  • Kick Counts

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital

    Your baby’s movement can be an indicator of fetal well-being. Many doctors encourage mothers to track their baby’s movements starting at 28 weeks of pregnancy. Monitoring movement also helps mothers to bond with their babies and learn their activity patterns.

  • Are Your Finances 'Baby Ready'?

    Rachel Beier, BSN, RNC, Maternal Care Advisor at The Women's Hospital
     
    Your family is about to grow in size, and with that growth comes added costs.  Some parents may wonder how they are going to manage their day-to-day expenses while still pursuing their family’s long term aspirations.  Are you prepared financially for your baby’s birth? 

  • No, It’s Not “Normal” and You Don’t Have to “Live With It” - Treating Incontinence, Pelvic Pain and More

    Amanda Phelps-Jones, WHNP-BC of the Pelvic Health and Wellness Center at The Women’s Hospital
     
    Incontinence, pelvic pain and other issues should not be considered “normal” or something you simply “have to live with.”  Pelvic health problems happen to many women, and are often related to pregnancy and childbirth, weakening pelvic muscles and tissue changes related to menopause and aging, and several other causes.

  • Fussy Baby? May Be The Formula

    Wm. Michael Crecelius, MD Pediatrics, Deaconess Clinic  

    New parents are familiar with getting little sleep, middle-of-the-night feedings and round-the-clock supervision of infants.  The term “fussy” is often used with babies who experience gastrointestinal distress, bloating, spitting up, constipation or diarrhea after eating.  

  • Five Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

    Sarah Perdue, The Women's Hospital 

    Staying healthy during the holidays is never easy. Here are 5 ways to make it through the holidays and stay healthy.

  • Pelvic Pain

    Dr. Francis McDonnell, and Brittany Fulcher, NP, of the Deaconess Comprehensive Pain Centers

    Pelvic pain, especially among women, is a common condition that can significantly impact the quality of your life. Pelvic pain has numerous causes, which also means that there are numerous treatments available, depending on the cause and type of pain.
     

  • Father's Day

    Dr. Ron Pyle, Neonatologist at The Women's Hospital

    A day to remember for some, a day to reflect for others and hopefully a day to celebrate all our fathers and what they mean to us. For me, it is a day to say thank you to my hero, my role model, my father. It is also a day to measure how I’m doing as a Dad.





     

  • Sun Safety Tips for Children

    Dr. Taniza Karim, Deaconess Clinic Pediatrician 

    Summer brings warmer weather and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities. With the fun also comes the risk of sunburns and skin damage. Follow these tips for a healthy and fun summer.

  • Don’t Let Uterine Fibroids Limit Your Life

    Constantine Scordalakes, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Up to 25% of women have uterine fibroids but many are unaware because they often can occur without symptoms.  However, uterine fibroids can cause a myriad of symptoms including but not limited to constipation, frequent urination, heavy menstrual bleeding or prolonged menstrual periods, pain or pressure in the pelvic region, backache or difficulty emptying the bladder. 
     

  • The Women's Hospital and Project Reveal

    The Womens Hospital

    Project Reveal and The Women’s Hospital have partnered together to bring a local television series to women in Evansville and surrounding communities. The series will be documentary-style and feature real women and their stories. The goal of Project Reveal is to be real, inspiring, creative and diverse. The series will launch in the Spring and air in varied time slots on WNIN and WEVV. 

  • Your Baby's Second Night

    First-time moms, you may have heard others talk about their baby's second night. Many wonder what exactly it is that makes that second night different after baby's arrival into this world. Amanda K. is an LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum) Nurse and in this week's post, Amanda discusses her personal experience with second night syndrome from both a mother's perspective and a Registered Nurse's perspective.

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