A new birthing concept called the gentle C-section, available at Northern Westchester Hospital, is giving mothers who need a cesarean section the opportunity for a more natural birthing experience and a chance to bond better with their new baby than with traditional cesarean deliveries. Obstetrics and Gynecology experts at NWH, Angelo Cumella, MD, Jefferey Spencer, MD and Mazen, Khalifeh, MD are excited to be able to offer the gentle C to their patients at NWH.
New Parents have Q’s… Here’s Where to Find the A’s
By Maureen Varcasio, RN at Northern Westchester Hospital
Having a baby requires parents to learn new skills in order to care for their newborn and themselves. Much of what you need to know can be learned from the nurses while you are still in the hospital. However once parents are discharged home they may still have questions or new questions can arise. For example: What should I do if my baby won’t nurse or won’t stop crying? Do I have Postpartum Depression? or Am I bleeding too much? Here’s where you can turn for answers…
If you, a family member, or close friend is pregnant, it is important to know that your newborn will be screened for several serious medical conditions, as mandated by New York State. Among the conditions screened is PKU. What is this blood test for, and what do the results mean for your new baby and your family?
As a Nursery nurse, I often administer the PKU test to newborns, also explaining to parents why it must be given so early in life. PKU is the abbreviation for phenylketonuria, a metabolic disorder. In New York State, the PKU screen, which is a simple blood test, also screens for many other disorders, including thyroid problems and some types of anemia.
Breastfeeding: A Small Moment with Far-Reaching Benefits
By Kim McKechnie, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator at Northern Westchester Hospital
We know that in most cases “natural” is better, and breastfeeding is no exception. Breastfeeding your baby is the most healthful way to feed and nurture most newborns, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) backs this contention. The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, as well as continued breastfeeding for at least the first year as solid foods are introduced.
Breastfeeding your baby can also lead to broader benefits. Breastfed babies are sick less often than babies who are fed with formula because of the natural antibodies that are passed from a nursing mother to her baby. Breastfeeding protects babies from infections by contributing to their immune system resulting in lower occurrences of conditions such as ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.