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Kentucky receives D-minus for high rate or pre-term births on annual March of Dimes report card

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Childbirth, which should be one of life’s most joyous occasions, has become more deadly for Kentucky mothers and remains problematic for many Kentucky babies because it comes too early. One in nine Kentucky babies is born prematurely, so many that the March of Dimes gave the state a D-minus on its 2019 Premature Birth Report Card. And the rate of Kentucky...

CHI Saint Joseph Health Maternity Education Programs offer classes on childbirth, breastfeeding

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, but parents-to-be may feel overwhelmed with the idea of bringing a new life into the world. Obtaining the best available knowledge and hands-on practice is the most effective way to relieve stress surrounding childbirth and parenting a newborn. CHI Saint Joseph Health wants to make sure that all expecting and new mothers feel empowered and prepared for the exciting...

UK HealthCare, Womankind Midwives partner to empower women during childbirth experience

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Certified nurse midwife JoAnne Burris describes birth as a poetic paradox: an instance of power and vulnerability in a woman’s life. This important scale can tip in favor of vulnerability or empowerment, depending on the woman’s sense of control and support. After the birth of her first child in 2005, Burris related giving birth to feelings of vulnerability,...

Happy Ending: Childbirth call a challenging but rewarding experience for KSP dispatcher

April 9-15 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time to recognize the efforts of more than 200,000 police and emergency service dispatchers throughout the U.S. The Kentucky State Police employs 190 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2016, they handled 554,282 calls. The following is a story about one of those calls. ‘It was about 4:30 in the morning and calls...