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Moms & Babies

Expecting Mothers: Hospital Bag Checklist for the Winter

The excitement of preparing for a new baby typically is centered on what you need in your nursery, but you need to prepare for your stay at the hospital as well. As the months get colder, you may also want to keep in mind some additional items. Myra McElheney, RN, OB Prenatal Educator, reached out  

Baby Gift Ideas: Essentials to the Splurge

Nothing is more fun than buying a gift for a newborn. Since the baby is too young to be thankful for the gift, you want the parents to be happy with your gift choice. Myra McElheney, RN, OB Prenatal Educator, reached out to some of the mom’s that have delivered babies at the Family Birth  

Expecting the Unexpected – A Stay in the NICU

When you are preparing to have a baby, you may have some surprises. For about 1 of every 10 pregnancies, the surprise is an early arrival of the baby. On November 17, we recognize World Prematurity Day to bring attention to the research, community support and medical teams that work together to give every baby  

St. Elizabeth Raises Awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome

All babies born at the St. Elizabeth Family Birth Place in the months of November and December will receive a purple knitted hat to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The purple knitted hats represent the “Period of PURPLE Crying,” a nationwide educational program focused on informing parents and caregivers about crying in healthy infants.  

Midwifery: the Benefits and Differences

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is proud to offer personalized, comprehensive midwifery care to patients in the Tri-State area throughout their pregnancy, birth and postpartum. “All of the nurse midwives at St. Elizabeth are from Northern Kentucky,” says Sister Kay Kramer, who was the first midwife on staff at St. Elizabeth Healthcare 18 years ago. “We all  

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Women suffering from pelvic floor disorders can benefit from specialized physical therapy. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and ligaments that stretch from the pubic bone to the tailbone, supporting the bladder and reproductive organs. Women with urinary incontinence, bowel problems or sexual dysfunction ““ as well as a number of other issues  

Celebrate National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

Wednesday is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, a nation-wide effort to focus attention on the importance of  

A “Safer Way to Sleep” for babies

A new campaign to save babies’ lives is being embraced at hospitals across the country. The “Safer Way to Sleep” campaign gets rid of the traditional pink and blue blankets which have lined nurseries for years. “Every five days a baby dies from a sleep-related death in the state of Kentucky, which is really unfortunate,”  

Debunking the vaccination myths

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of  

Your guide to breastfeeding positions

Proper positioning when breastfeeding your newborn can make a big difference during early nursing when the baby – and mom – are adjusting to feeding. Sandi Brown, registered nurse and lactation consultant at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, said the key to getting a newborn baby in the proper position is to always support the two areas