Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bed rest made fun; one mom looks back on her journey

Local mom Missy Cheatham reminisces on the events of her pregnancy with twin girls and her 72-day stay on bed rest at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford last year:

“One year ago today, I went in for my normal appointment with the perinatologist for my pregnancy with Cooper and Conley. I was 23 weeks and 5 days along in my pregnancy. To my surprise, I was admitted the hospital with absolutely no notice.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What does it mean to be a Baby-Friendly hospital?

Baby Friendly? What does that really mean? It is hard to believe that it has been one year since our designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford is one of only 5 hospitals in Texas to receive this recognition, and all five hospitals are within the Texas Health Resources System! To add to this accomplishment, nationwide only 86 hospitals are designated as Baby Friendly nationwide.

Support group leader turned pain of losing a baby into a way to help grieving parents

It is estimated that more than a million babies a year die in our country during pregnancy, at birth or within the first year of life.

On the first Thursday night of each month, Lynne Moffatt, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Board of Trustees member, can be found welcoming parents to Share, a face-to-face support group for those who share the experience of losing their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Car seat 101

One of the things I love most about my job is teaching new moms and dads how to install and use their car seat correctly.

Well, I see a lot of things that are called a “misuse” or error. So, I wanted to make a list of things that are “What Not To Do with Your Car Seat!”

Knowing the facts on child car safety

Every child must ride in a federally approved “child passenger safety seat system” until they are 8 years old or taller than 4 feet 9 inches. This includes traditional car seats with harnesses AND booster seats-both the backless and the high back versions.

This Texas law will save lives of our most precious cargo-our children. The best practice for parents to understand is that children who are not 4 feet and 9 inches tall, even if they are older than 8 years old, are safest in a booster seat. So, get out your measuring tape, determine the height of your child, and get a booster seat to protect them if it is needed!