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What is South Shore Hospital's Early Labor Lounge?

Posted by Rachel Ballester, Nurse Midwife on Feb 8, 2018 9:23:36 AM

Early labor can be uncomfortable for moms. Contractions begin and the cervix begins to soften and open as her baby begins to enter the birth canal. For first-time moms, this longest phase of labor can last for days. 

At South Shore Hospital, we have a great resource for moms who are in early labor, but aren't quite ready to deliver: Our Early Labor Lounge.

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Topics: Pregnancy

Reese's NICU Journey

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 1, 2018 9:54:23 AM

Meghan always knew she'd give birth to her daughter, Reese, at South Shore Hospital. It was a decision she was glad she made when Reese had to spend 11 and a half weeks in South Shore Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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Topics: Pregnancy

Mastering the Art of Infant Car Seat Safety

Posted by Julie Collas, RN, Child Passenger Safety Technician on Jan 25, 2018 9:39:57 AM

One of the tasks facing new parents is mastering the art of keeping their baby safe in an automobile. It’s important work: Road injuries are the leading preventable cause of death and injury to children in the United States.

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Topics: Children's Health, Pregnancy

Three Common Questions about Surrogacy

Posted by Rebecca Dunk, RN, Families through Surrogacy Coordinator on Jan 18, 2018 9:09:29 AM

Social media is abuzz with news that Kim Kardashian West and Kayne West welcomed their third child. The method by which the couple chose to have this baby made headlines too. Kardashian carried their first two children, but the couple chose to have their new addition with the help of a surrogate.

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Topics: Pregnancy

South Shore Hospital & FoodSquire Partner to Help Families of Newborns

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 1, 2017 8:28:00 AM

It’s a scene all too familiar for many new mothers: You’ve just brought your baby home from the hospital, you’re exhausted, overwhelmed with responsibility and  oh yeah – what’s for dinner? Don’t worry. South Shore Hospital has got you covered.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health, Pregnancy

Three Factors that May Increase the Risk of Premature Birth

More than 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. Here in Massachusetts, less than nine percent of babies are born before completing 37 weeks of gestation, according to the March of Dimes.

The prognosis for premature infants continues to brighten as new treatments are developed. But, as with everything related to health, the best treatment is often prevention.

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Topics: Pregnancy

Debunking Five Common Myths of Midwifery

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 4, 2017 9:09:08 AM

While the use of midwives has grown over the last few years in the United States, there is still a large percentage of the population that don’t understand the nature of a midwife—perhaps due to the myths surrounding who midwives are and exactly what they do.

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

10 Things to Do to Prepare for Baby

Posted by Nina V. Nardello, DO, OB/GYN on Aug 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Nine months can seem like a lifetime, especially when you’re anxiously awaiting the newest member of your family. What should you be doing during this exciting (and sometimes scary) time aside from… waiting? The second half of your pregnancy is an ideal time to start planning for your baby’s arrival, including the childbirth experience itself.

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Topics: Women's Health, Pregnancy

Ten Must-Have Registry Items for Breastfeeding Moms

Posted by South Shore Health System on Aug 11, 2017 8:06:00 AM

For mothers-to-be, there’s an overwhelming amount of information about the “must-haves” for when the baby arrives. From Pinterest boards to family and friends, it feels like everyone is selling a tool you’ll need for your baby to thrive. 

At South Shore Hospital, we deliver nearly 3,500 infants each year and recommend that mothers breastfeed whenever possible. We provide guidance to mothers as they embark upon their breastfeeding journey—including lactation consultations in the hospital after the baby is born and after you bring the baby home at our free breastfeeding support groups. 

After helping thousands of women gain confidence in breastfeeding, we’ve learned that these items are truly the must-have registry items for breastfeeding moms. 

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Topics: Pregnancy

The Benefits of Cord Blood Banking and the Pros and Cons of Public and Private Banks

Being an expectant parent is a monumental experience, one that comes with a plethora of information and advice at your disposal. Like any new life-changing event, many first-time parents will add a host of parenting books to their home or tablet library and even participate in parenting education opportunities to prepare them for what lies ahead. While subjects such as birth outcomes and breastfeeding are common topics of interest, many parents go through pregnancy without ever learning information on the potential medical value of the stem cells in a baby’s umbilical cord blood.  

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Topics: Children's Health, Family Medicine, Women's Health, Pregnancy

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