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WMH Women & Infants Unit Tour 24

Part Two: Parents as partners in safety

We consider your care and the care and protection of your infant to be our highest priority. We seek your partnership. The Women & Infants Unit has a variety of security features. In addition to being a limited access area, the unit also has door/stairwell alarms and surveillance cameras. Furthermore, to help ensure the safety [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: What is inflammatory breast cancer?

According to the National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for one to [...]

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Part One: Parents as partners in safety

We consider your care and the care and protection of your infant to be our highest priority. We seek your partnership. At the time of delivery, two identification bands with black numbers will be placed on your baby’s wrist and ankle. An identical band will be placed on the mother and the father or other [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: What are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2?

The BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are human caretaker genes that produce proteins, called breast cancer type 1 and breast cancer type 2 susceptibility proteins. They are responsible for repairing DNA. The BRCA 1 gene repairs breaks in strands of DNA, whose helix formation is continuously being broken from damage. Sometimes one or both [...]

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Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day

Written by: Tiffany Wiese, Agnesian HealthCare Domestic Violence Program Coordinator This Wednesday, October 9, is National HealthCares About Domestic Violence Day. This day aims to reach members of the healthcare community to educate them on the importance of screening for abuse in the healthcare setting. It also helps bring awareness to the long-term physical and emotional [...]

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Breast cancer awareness: The five steps of a breast self-exam

Step One: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Look for: Breasts that are their usual size, shape and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling Inform your provider if you see: Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin [...]

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Fibroids: the most fequently seen tumor of the female reproductive system

Written by: Lisa Michels, RN, MSN, Women’s Service Line Clinical Lead Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. Although the cause of them is unclear, it is believed that they develop from a muscle cell in the uterus, which multiplies quickly, influenced by estrogen. It is estimated that between 20 to 50 [...]

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Part 2: Being prepared when you are expecting

Last week we provided a list of 10 questions to ask your insurance company focused on the coverage of the birth of your child(ren).  There are also some questions you may want to ask related to your newborn(s) prior to the birth.  Having these questions answered will give you time to focus on caring for [...]

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Are breast pumps covered by my insurance?

I recently was giving my dear friend a baby shower present when she said to me, “I am so thankful that you shared with me the information that my insurance company could pay for my breastfeeding pump!” She proceeded to tell me, “I was actually questioned why I didn’t have a breast pump on my [...]

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Part 1: Being prepared when you are expecting

Expecting a child?  What great news this is…with it brings a multitude of things to-do: get the baby’s room ready, buy a car seat, pick out a name, etc.  Don’t forget to think about the financial implications of having a baby…and one important “to-do” is to contact your insurance company to find out what you [...]

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