Tag: women and infants

The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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There’s Something Special About Dr. Turner

There’s Something Special About Dr. Turner

It was two weeks before her scheduled cesarean delivery and Sylvia Searleman, 32, was going into labor. This would be Searleman’s third baby and her third C-section. Her obstetrician-gynecologist, Jacqueline Turner, MD, rushed to the hospital to meet her. Before long, Searleman was in a crowded delivery room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, numb from the waist

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Tweeting About Medicine

Tweeting About Medicine

Though medical school didn’t teach Anthony Shanks, MD, and Kenan Omurtag, MD, FACOG, how to use Twitter, they are finding ways to incorporate tweeting into their professional routines. In addition to surgeries, examinations, consultations and all the attendant duties of their work as obstetricians and gynecologists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, these two physicians share information about

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Top 5 myths for new moms

Top 5 myths for new moms

Barnes-Jewish Hospital began its journey to become a Baby Friendly Hospital last summer. One year later, we’ve learned some of the best ways to take care of new moms and their babies may not be what many patients have heard from family, friends or the internet. Here are the top 5 myths we’ve heard over

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When pregnancy lasts longer than 40 weeks

When pregnancy lasts longer than 40 weeks

Many pregnant women are looking forward to giving birth by the time 40 weeks rolls around. That probably includes Kate Middleton, who is past her widely speculated due date of July 13. What happens when the baby decides to stay past 40 weeks? Rosanna Gray-Swain, MD, a BJC Medical Group OB/GYN who delivers babies at

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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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