Women’s Health

Choosing the best hospital to have your baby

Giving birth can be one of life’s most exciting experiences. It can also be overwhelming. Expectant mothers feel pressure within their bodies and in all aspects of their lives. Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, but choosing the right hospital shouldn’t.

According to Laura Gipe, director of Patient Care Services at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital, expectant mothers should expand their search to find the best option for their family. Gipe recommends looking for four things when selecting a hospital:

 

What causes night sweats?

Extreme nighttime sweating is fairly common among pre- and postmenopausal women. Typical signs are drenched sleepwear or sheets and disrupted sleep that is not caused by environmental factors (such as an overheated room, too many blankets or heavy pajamas).

Night sweats or “hot flashes” in women can be caused by hormonal changes common before, during and after menopause. Most women experience hot flashes — a feeling of sudden, intense warmth — in the face, neck and chest, along with perspiration, clamminess and chills.

PCOS: A common condition that can affect fertility

When a woman has difficulty becoming pregnant, it can be due to one of many reasons. However, perhaps the most common reason can be overlooked or go undiagnosed: polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Doctors aren’t quite sure of the exact cause of PCOS, but up to one in 10 women of childbearing age may have it. They do know it’s largely linked to being overweight or obese. And with an obesity epidemic in this country — more than two out of every three people are overweight or obese — it’s no wonder so many women are struggling with fertility.

Diabetes and family planning: Saving baby Blake

Diabetes has changed Beth Moore-Glover in many ways. Though she’s faced many challenges and heartbreaks, they have made her a stronger person who is more aware of how to keep her body healthy.

Moore-Glover, age 39, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes seven years ago. Before that, she struggled with hyperinsulinemia, which is higher-than-normal blood sugar but not diabetes.

“I tried several methods to keep my blood sugars under control — losing weight, oral medication, insulin, diet and exercise,” she said.

New Gardasil vaccine works even better

The FDA says a new vaccine has the potential to prevent more than 90 percent of cervical cancers. Gardasil 9 targets nine strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer as well as other types of cancer. It’s approved for use in females ages 9 through 26 and males ages 9 through 15.

Meredith Loveless, M.D., a pediatric and adolescent gynecological specialist with Norton Healthcare, explains why getting this vaccine is so important.

 

Stepping in early to save a life

An unexpected pregnancy leaves a mother worried about her baby’s future, until the experts at Kosair Children’s Hospital Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists step in.

Carrie and Jeff Schreck were the proud parents of four beautiful children when they unexpectedly found out they were pregnant with their fifth. During Carrie’s fourth pregnancy with son Cole, she developed complications from a blood disorder that affects the unborn baby. She knew from the beginning of this pregnancy that she may have the same issue.

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