Tag Archives: Maternity

Northern Westchester Hospital Maternity Nurse Talks Birth Plans

Posted on: May 27, 2014

Making it Your Birth Experience

By RoseMary Stevens, RNC-OB, Northern Westchester Hospital

birth_planA Birth Plan is a document that tells your health care provider and the hospital staff what kind of childbirth experience you would like to have and how you would like your newborn cared for. Continue reading

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Northern Westchester Hospital Maternity Nurse Shares Resources for New Parents

Posted on: March 25, 2014

New Parents have Q’s… Here’s Where to Find the A’s

By Maureen Varcasio, RN at Northern Westchester Hospital

iStock_000019586817Medium2Having 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… Continue reading

New York Nursery Nurse Discusses Newborn Screening and PKU

Posted on: February 20, 2014

Why Will My Newborn Get a PKU Screening?

By Martha Zavras, RN III, Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital maternityIf 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.

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Westchester Lactation Consultant on the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Breastfeeding: A Small Moment with Far-Reaching Benefits

By Kim McKechnie, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator at Northern Westchester Hospital

mother breastfeeding babyWe 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. Continue reading

New York Obstetrician Shares Advice for Surviving the Heat While Pregnant

Posted on: June 28, 2012

Expectant Moms: Summer Survival Guide

An Interview with Dr. Navid Mootabar

www.NWHmaternalchild.orgBy the time summer rolls around, everyone’s so tired of being cold that they can’t wait to get outside and garden, barbecue, head to the beach. But basking in the heat and sun can be hazardous for pregnant women, according to Navid Mootabar, MD, Associate Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of Gynecologic Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital.

“A pregnant woman’s body temperature is already a bit higher than normal,” says Dr. Mootabar, who is also the hospital’s Director of Gynecologic Surgery. But by taking a few precautions, even expecting mothers can embrace the joys of summer.

Keep Cool

Lightweight cotton or linen fabrics are best. They breathe and allow air to circulate.
Try the personal fans and misters that you can find at convenience stores.
Take a dip in the pool or place a damp washcloth or an icepack on your forehead for relief.

Fluids are Crucial

Drink a glass of water for every hour of the day to keep well-hydrated. 
Mix in some juice or sports drinks to help replace the salts and sugars your muscles need, but just be aware of the calorie content. 
Don’t count coffee, soda, or tea among your eight to 10 glasses, and drink them sparingly.

Sun Sensitivity

Due to hormonal changes in the body, “a pregnant woman’s skin will be more sensitive to the sun,” says Dr. Mootabar. Cover  up with clothing as much as possible, and be sure to slather SPF 15 or higher sunscreen on any exposed skin.

Exercise Advice

If you have a regular exercise program, there’s no need to stop. Schedule your workouts for early in the morning or late in the evening (or in the air-conditioned indoors, if possible). Dr. Mootabar generally tells mothers “if they’re used to working out, they should be fine.”

How do you know when you’re overdoing it or getting too dehydrated? The signs of low fluids include lightheadedness, heart palpitations or racing, muscle cramps, and contractions, says Dr. Mootabar. The baby may not be moving as much if amniotic fluid levels fall. If you reach this stage, contact your doctor. But you can easily avoid these problems by listening to your body. “If you’re feeling tired, weak, or thirsty, that’s your body telling you to rest and drink water.”

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