M is for Mother-Baby

When It Comes to Parenthood, We Deliver Daily Little KatelynAnne Shipley’s swift arrival may have surprised her mother, Jamie, but NorthBay Medical Center’s Mother-Baby team, including Lactation Support Specialist Christi Tenret, are at the ready 24/7. Every time a baby is born at NorthBay Medical Center, the “Happy Birthday” melody is played through the hospital’s…
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Baby Liam is Mom’s Sweet Success

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Amber Barraclough, left, proudly show off son Liam to ABC Prenatal Program social worker Heidi Beck, and dietitian Melinda Scholten, four months after his birth. At 4 months old, Liam Barraclough glows with good health. The bright and happy baby is his mother’s reward…
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The ABCs of Prenatal Care

All babies deserve a healthy start. That’s why the ABC (A Baby’s Coming) Prenatal Program at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield provides medical, nutritional, educational and social support to help local moms-to-be have a healthy pregnancy and delivery and give their babies the best start possible. The program is designed for all pregnant women covered…
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Prenatal Educator Teaching Second Generation of Moms

Rojana Turner, Kathie Thoming, Kaylee and her mom, Janae Hansen have a happy reunion. NorthBay Healthcare Prenatal instructor Kathie Thoming has reached a “grand” milestone. One of her very first students 25 years ago encouraged her daughter to take Kathie’s prenatal classes when the daughter became pregnant. “I went through Kathie’s classes for all three…
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More Moms Making Best Choice for Babies

Lactation support coordinator Cindy Stade, R.N., center, is surrounded by healthy babies and happy moms who have made the choice to breastfeed. More new moms at NorthBay Medical Center are choosing to exclusively breastfeed their babies than ever before. New statistics had staff celebrating this spring, when they learned that nearly 40 percent more new…
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Breast Milk is the Best Milk

Nature designed human milk especially for human babies, and it has several advantages over substitutes. Mother’s milk contains just the right balance of nutrients in a form most easily used by the your baby’s immature body systems. Here are some reasons why breast milk is best: Nutrients: Mother’s milk is rich in the nutrients that…
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Labor & Delivery Team Delivers

Sarah Ruffins was swept up in a dramatic dance to delivery when she went into labor with twin boys, almost three months too soon. Moments later, the Labor & Delivery team at NorthBay Medical Center jumped into action. They are trained to handle all situations, from birthing fire drills to the laboriously long and drawn…
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Be Prepared for Labor Day

Most women will agree the pain they experience during labor and delivery miraculously melts away almost as soon as they lay eyes on their newborn. But, in the hours before that moment, women must endure a painful process of contractions and pressure “that can last anywhere from a half hour to 30 hours,” says Sarah…
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NICU

Neonatologist Richard Bell, M.D., examines one of his young patients in the NICU. First Stop for Tiniest Patients Babies are notoriously unpredictable, especially when it comes to sticking to a due date. “Babies decide when they want to be born, when they want to eat or sleep, and even if they want to breathe or…
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A Race to Birth

Fast Action Requires Quick Hands Although most moms-to-be know that North-Bay Medical Center in Fairfield has plush labor and delivery rooms just waiting for a fantastic birthing experience, some babies may have a different agenda. When that happens, moms sometimes end up in the very capable hands of one of NorthBay’s two Emergency Department staffs….
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