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Why would I consider a doula and what do they do?

 A doula is a trained professional in childbirth. She provides continuous support to a mother before, during and just after birth. The word doula comes from the Greek meaning “a woman who serves”, or “handmaiden”.

Winter coats worn in car seat pose hidden danger

Parents are learning of a risk they may unknowingly be taking every time they buckle their baby or toddler into a car seat wearing a winter coat, as a national news story is catching quite a bit of attention. In this demonstration video shown on NBC’s Today Show, a child wearing a thick winter coat becomes a projectile object in the car during a collision.

Better hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of the flu

There is no getting around: we are in the throes of flu season. You may already have a friend or family member who has come down with something unpleasant by now. It can be hard to avoid getting sick, but proper hand washing and other hygiene techniques can help prevent the spread of the flu from one person to another. This is why Lovelace Health System sponsors the “Don’t Bug Me” campaign. 
 

Robotic Surgery Successfully Removes Stomach Cancer

Reynaldo Ramirez, 63, remembers the day his wife, Emelina, turned to him and said, “Let’s get healthy!” Together, they changed their diet and began exercising. Within six months Reynaldo says he lost 45 pounds and got down to 200 pounds. “When I went in for my annual checkup, I expected to pass with flying colors,” he says. However, blood work revealed low hemoglobin and hematocrit (H&H) levels, an indication to perform a colonoscopy for further screening. It had been four years since Reynaldo’s last colonoscopy.

Why Movember is Important to Men’s Health

By now you have probably heard of Movember – where men in November collectively grow a mustache for the entire month. Maybe a couple of your good friends have grown a mustache, like some of our beloved male staff members, such as Dr. Vuong, Eric Anderson R.N. in ICU and several others. What you may not understand is why they are doing this – because let’s face it, although many men can still pull off a good ‘stache, we’re no longer in the 80s. 
 

November is National Diabetes Month - some food for thought

If you’re like most of us, you probably get inundated with health information all the time from your social media feeds, your local news outlets, your family, your friends… The list goes on. Diabetes turns into just another health topic that gets drowned out in the statistical noise. 

Miracle workers at the Lovelace Women's Hospital NICU

When Lindsey Souders went into labor, her daughter Tegan was born with meconium aspiration, which is a condition in which a newborn inhales feces while still in the uterus. This serious condition led to Tegan having an infection in her lungs, hypertension, swelling and pneumonia — all in the first few days of her life. 
 

Reducing Pain after Gallbladder Surgery

As many as 20 million Americans suffer from pain caused by gallstones, which form when there is a chemical imbalance in the gallbladder. Though health care providers are not exactly sure why some people develop gallstones and others do not, there are a number of causes including obesity, pregnancy, a high-fat diet and family history, to name a few. While some people may experience no symptoms of gallstones, when the gallstone inflames the gallbladder it can be very painful and even lead to infection.

What nutrients are we really getting from our meats?

 
 
The consensus on meat-eating in terms of its affects on health never seems to be clear. Some folks decide never to eat it; some only eat certain kinds of meat and some opt not to think about it and just eat anything. We decided to ask our resident dietician Teresa Anderson, CDE once and for all: what do we need to know about eating meat?
 
“When we purchase meat we are generally thinking protein,” she told us. “The reason we eat ‘real’ meat is because we get real nutrition.” 
 

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A mother’s Labor of Love story supporting pregnancy and natural delivery

Michelle Amaya Schmidt welcomed her first child, a boy, Asher Hunter Schmidt on January 13, 2016.