Category: Women & Infants

Turning a sad story into a heart-felt donation

Turning a sad story into a heart-felt donation

Six months ago, Janet and Dustin Scheller felt the joy of having a second child. Sadly, they also felt the sorrow of losing that child just 24 hours after she was born.
In fall 2012, Janet was 23 weeks pregnant when she and Dustin learned that their unborn daughter, who they had already named

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Early detection is key to managing preeclampsia

Early detection is key to managing preeclampsia

This weekend, people across the country are coming together for the annual Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. This event is sponsored by the Preeclampsia Foundation, a community of experts and patients that raises funds for research, education and treatment.
Preeclampsia is a life-threatening pregnancy disorder that affects 5-12 percent of pregnant women each year. This unpredictable condition

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Best Fed Beginnings, Part I

Best Fed Beginnings, Part I

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality is showcasing Barnes-Jewish Hospital in its new documentary “Becoming Baby-Friendly: Improving Breast-feeding Support in US Hospitals.”
Last summer, Barnes-Jewish became one of 90 hospitals working to achieve “Baby-Friendly” status through the Best Fed Beginnings program. This designation comes from participation in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by

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Life after giving birth is truly a miracle for one patient

Life after giving birth is truly a miracle for one patient

Today is a special day for Recordia Kennedy. Her son, David, is celebrating his first birthday. It’s an important milestone and one she knows she’s lucky to experience. That’s because the 41-year-old St. Louis resident almost died during David’s birth from a rare obstetric emergency known as amniotic fluid embolism (AFE), or anaphylactoid syndrome of

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Baby born with organs outside body

Baby born with organs outside body

When the Hoskins family found out that their unborn son’s organs were developing outside his body, they turned to the experts at the Fetal Care Center: a combined venture of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Washington University School of Medicine.
This rare birth defect, called an omphalocele, can be repaired with surgery but still poses

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Barnes-Jewish part of national effort to improve breastfeeding rates

Barnes-Jewish part of national effort to improve breastfeeding rates

We’re excited to share Barnes-Jewish Hospital has been selected to participate in Best Fed Beginnings, a first-of-its-kind national effort to significantly improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest. Although breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for infants and mothers, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week,

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No, my baby does not have strep throat

Over the last few months, Sarah Kinkade from Barnes-Jewish’s public relations team has shared updates about her pregnancy before she delivers one of the more than 3,000 babies annually born at Barnes-Jewish — one of the highest numbers in the St. Louis area. Here’s the latest:
Completely unrelated to the more common strain of Group

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Fetal monitoring at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Fetal monitoring at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Over the last few months, Sarah Kinkade from Barnes-Jewish’s public relations team has shared updates about her pregnancy before she delivers one of the over 3,000 babies annually born at Barnes-Jewish — one of the highest numbers in the St. Louis area. Here’s the latest:
Now that I am well into my third trimester, new-baby activities

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C-section rates drop for the first time in a decade

It appears word is getting out to providers, physicians and patients about the risks associated with having a c-section.
According to the CDC, the rate of cesarean sections has decreased for the first time in over ten years.
Dr. George Macones, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine,

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Duggar's announce 20th child on the way – is having so many safe?

Michelle Duggar just announced that she’s pregnant with her 20th child, which is raising some questions about health when it comes to multiple pregnancies.
If you’re not familiar with the Duggar family, they are a conservative Christian family that has been featured on TLC in such shows as  17 Kids and Counting, 18 Kids and

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