Norton Hospital, Norton Womens & Childrens Hospital, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Norton Women’s Care only location in Louisville ranked ‘High Performing’ from U.S. News & World Report

Norton Women’s Care, which encompasses childbirth services at Norton Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, has been recognized as High Performing in Adult Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. The designation is the highest award a hospital system can earn in the U.S. News list of Best Hospitals for Maternity…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

How to lower blood pressure during pregnancy

Having high blood pressure while pregnant can lead to health complications for both mom and baby, but making certain lifestyle choices can help lower blood pressure during pregnancy. “High blood pressure during pregnancy, or gestational hypertension, is when a blood pressure reading is greater than or equal to 140/90 mm Hg,” said Whitney E. Jamie,…

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Obstetrics, Womens Health

Following Mediterranean diet, eating enough fiber can improve neurodevelopment in baby

Studies on the advantages of the Mediterranean diet have long shown it to be beneficial for heart health, reducing the risk of stroke and even decreasing the risk of diabetes. A new study also shows that following a Mediterranean diet during pregnancy can improve a child’s neurodevelopment. The diet focuses on whole grains, beans, seeds,…

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Labor and Delivery, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Doula program available to patients in West Louisville and beyond

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black mothers are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than those who are white. While disparities around maternal mortality can be impacted by preexisting conditions that Black women are more likely to experience, such as hypertension, these disparities do not happen…

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Cardiology, During Your Pregnancy, Heart, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Women’s Heart Program

Experts recommend screening for high blood pressure while pregnant

The risks of high blood pressure while pregnant have prompted a panel of medical experts to recommend all pregnant people get blood pressure screenings at every prenatal visit. The draft recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that makes evidence-based recommendations about ways to prevent disease, advises that all pregnant people,…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Womens Health

Fetal transfusions give unborn baby lifesaving blood

Every three weeks, Katrina Crume and Aaron Dean Calloway made the nearly two-hour journey from their home near Owensboro, Kentucky, to Louisville so their baby, Phoebe, could receive a lifesaving blood transfusion. What made these transfusions remarkable was Phoebe was still in the womb. What made them necessary was incompatibility between Katrina’s and Phoebe’s blood….

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

Doula program helping improve health of pregnant patients

Jamia Singleton was 29 weeks pregnant and in labor when in walked Keisha Yates, a doula with Norton Women’s care. “I was very nervous and hadn’t heard of a doula,” Jamia said. “I’m so glad she was there. I was more calm and relaxed and could actually breathe. She held my hand the whole time.”…

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Heart, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Women’s Heart Program

What’s the normal blood pressure for a pregnant woman?

If you’re pregnant and have a blood pressure of 140 systolic/90 diastolic or higher, you should see a specialist, as untreated high blood pressure can risk your health as well as the unborn baby’s. A healthy blood pressure for women and men is below 120/80. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends women who…

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

A mother’s gestational diabetes success story

Even though a gestational diabetes diagnosis felt scary at the time, for Jenna Wilson, support from Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine made her high-risk pregnancy much less intimidating. The practice’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists, part of Norton Women’s Care, helped her feel empowered. “They always put a positive spin on everything and cheered me on, telling me…

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Employee stories - Norton Healthcare, Obstetrics

A picture-perfect nurse

Amanda Cundiff, R.N., a labor and delivery nurse at Norton Hospital, has been taking photos for over 14 years. She enjoys being behind the camera to creatively capture moments that people will recall and treasure. Not long ago, Amanda saw an opportunity to use her photography skills to help a patient. Chautauqua Henderson, an expectant…

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Brand Feature, Heart, Heart Failure, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics, Women’s Heart Program

Alexis’ heart was giving out after her 3rd pregnancy — a long-term solution would have to wait for baby No. 4

At age 25, Alexis Helm had been pregnant three times, and her heart was failing. The increased blood volume from her pregnancies and strain on her heart muscle had taken a toll, as it does with many women. With her fourth pregnancy, she knew she risked damaging her heart further but wanted to do all…

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Brand Feature, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics

Mother’s triumph over addiction gives her new purpose in life

Teri Johnson works a full-time job, is a football and wrestling mom and works hard to be present for her children. While that may not seem out of the ordinary, it’s a complete 180-degree change from where she was just two years ago. In her early 20s, Teri found herself without a job and in…

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