Pregnancy Health

We are very lucky that in our area, where we have a very severe need for medical and surgical specialists, we are blessed with outstanding pregnancy care delivered by 5 health care providers who all deliver babies at Tobey Hospital.  TRIAD OB-Gyn (508-295-5197), located at 13 Sawyer Street just a few blocks from the hospital, is made up of 4 physicians (Drs. Tripp, Adelstein, MacFarlane, and Vardo).  Louise Bastaranche (508-295-3088) is a midwife who also delivers at Tobey Hospital.  Her address is 332 Main Street, right around the corner from TRIAD.

 

The CDC (www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy) is a great place to get reliable information related to pregnancy and pre-pregnancy health.

KidsHealth has quite a bit of information about pregnancy, feedings, growth and development, etc, available at from this site.

Make sure that you have all of your vaccines during pregnancy and after.  You can get more information from the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. At a minimum, the Tdap vaccine should be given immediately after delivery and before leaving the hospital.  Also, the influenza vaccine should be given to any woman who is pregnant (or planning to be pregnant) during flu season.  Anyone who will be around the infant should also receive these vaccines.

Another site, developed by Sara Spencer – RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and mom, has informative information on breast feeding with lots of information and practical tips from a mom’s perspective. www.babychangingstation.com

Breast Feeding Support

US Department of Health and Human Services website about breastfeeding.

Tobey Hospital has several lactation consultants and counselors on staff to assist with  breastfeeding problems and questions.  In May, 2011 they received certification to be Baby Friendly, which is to say that they have satisfied the UNICEF/WHO criteria for excellent breast feeding support.  Please call the Tobey Hospital Makepeace Maternity Center at 508-273-4060 if you would like to talk to someone there.  http://www.southcoast.org/maternity/breastfeeding.html

Some community resources: (also see additional Community Resources)

  • Cape and Islands Breastfeeding Warm Line:  (888) 890-2229
  • Nursing Mother’s Council:  (617) 244-5102
  • La Leche League Massachusetts locations
  • Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition:  www.massbfc.org

Support Groups:

  • Tobey Hospital Brestfeeding Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month from 10am to noon in the “Optifast Building” next to the hospital at 112 Main Street in Wareham.
  • Healthy Children Center for Breastfeeding:  (508) 888-8044.  Breastfeeding group, Moms’ group and yoga classes at 327 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich.

Post Partum Depression

South Shore Hospital provides information and counseling on Postpartum Support. Visit theis site at www.southshorehospital.org

www.familyaware.org is not specifically about post partum depression, but it has lots of information about depression and other disorders that have depression as a component, like bipolar disorder, dysthymia.  Under “Family profiles” there are interesting stories from people who have been suffering from depressive disorders or otherwise touched by them.  In “Expert Profiles” there are good tidbits of helpful information and in the “Depresssion” section under “Help Someone Who Has Depression” you can find good information about who to help someone who is suffering, including what to do if your efforts are refused.

Massachusetts General Hospital has some good information about post partum depression on it’s Center for Women’s Mental Health website (www.womensmentalhealth.org) at www.womensmentalhealth.org/specialty-clinics/postpartum-psychiatric-disorders.

PostPartum Support International is another good source of informatiom about post partum depression.   www.postpartum.net

Life Stages Information for Parents

www.cdc.gov/parents

This page allows you to click on specific age groups (Infants, Children, Teens) on the left sidebar and get information about diseases, safety, development and milestones that are relevant to that age group.

www.cdc.gov/family

This area provides good information to help you keep you and your family healthy, much of it with a seasonal or monthly theme.

Text Messages about your baby

text4baby is a text messaging service that is free and sends 3 messages per week for one year to your cell phone reminding you about good pregnancy and baby care.  You can sign up on line at www.text4baby.org or you can use your cell phone to text the word BABY to the number 511411. You’ll be asked to enter your baby’s due date or your baby’s birthday and your zip code.  The once you have registered, you will start receiving free messages with tips for your pregnancy or caring for your baby.  These messages are timed to your due date or your baby’s birth date. If you are pregnant and your due date changes, text UPDATE to 511411 to enter your new due date. Once you have your baby, be sure to text in UPDATE with your baby’s birthday so you keep getting messages through baby’s first year.  If you want to stop receiving messages from text4baby, text STOP to 511411. To start receiving the messages again, you will have to enroll again by sending BABY to 511411.