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Finding Stress Relief After Child Birth


Ask any woman who's been through it and chances are she will tell you - giving birth to a baby is about as far from relaxing as you can imagine. But while the actual delivery places incomparable stress on your body, the benefit of getting your mind to relax before and after and, yes, even during, birth can be extremely beneficial to both mom and baby.

Stress - whether emotional, physical or both - brings with it a host of side effects. These can include increased heart rate and blood pressure; shallower and more rapid breathing; increased muscle tension; sweating; nausea; fatigue; and, over an extended period of time, can make you more susceptible to illness. Given all of these effects of stress on our bodies, you can see why it would be crucial to decrease stress as much as possible when you are trying to adjust to new motherhood and bond with your baby.

The benefits of relaxation are far-reaching and include slower breathing and heart rate; reduced tension in muscles; increased energy; and an improved immune system. For a new mom, this can translate to:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Decreased recovery time after labor
  • Decrease in aches and pains due to less muscle tension
  • Improved sleep

While these are fantastic benefits for mom, the best part is that these benefits get passed on to baby. Newborns sense their mother's stress and a relaxed mom enables a baby to bond and feed more easily. A mother's sense of calm can also help her baby relax, leading to more rest for both of them.

In recognition of the benefits of stress relief and relaxation during and after child birth, Dignity Health Mercy Hospital of Folsom, in partnership with Serenity Spa and Soul Yoga, has announced the launch of its Spa Service Package in its Family Birth Center. The Spa Service Package provides multiple touch-therapy options - including reflexology, various targeted massages and aromatherapy - to mothers staying at the hospital following the birth of a child.

"Giving birth to a child is a wonderful, but also physically and emotionally draining experience," said Kristi Svee-Stranberg, director of the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Family Birth Center. "At Mercy Hospital of Folsom, we are doing all that we can to provide the mothers who give birth here with a unique, personal and restorative experience. We want our new moms to experience true relaxation so they can feel prepared and renewed for the journey they have started with their new baby."

This is the latest in a series of service offerings that Mercy Hospital of Folsom is providing to patients in its Family Birth Center. Mercy Hospital of Folsom's Family Birth Center features priority parking for expectant mothers, all private rooms, free WiFi, an iPod docking station in each room, an extensive DVD library and an organic spa kit for mothers to take home after being discharged from the hospital.

Mercy Hospital of Folsom provides mothers with a music therapist upon request and has an exclusive contract with Bella Baby, a local, photojournalist-style photographer, which provides a free photo session for each baby born at Mercy Folsom. Now, with the addition of the Spa Service Package, mothers giving birth at Mercy Hospital of Folsom are gifted 20 minutes of aromatherapy, steam restoration or healing touch - including massage on their hands, feet, neck, shoulders or scalp.

All wonderful ways to help welcome new life to a world - and a new mom to her new role! If you're thinking about embarking on the journey of parenthood, we've planned a special evening just for you! Join us for Baby Steps - a fun, educational event that will give you the opportunity to meet with obstetricians affiliated with the Dignity Health hospital nearest you. During the evening you can also discover the many fabulous amenities offered at our hospitals while enjoying appetizers and beverages. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of our beautiful Family Birth Center. Register here.

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Protect Your Toddler from Hazards


Poison Prevention Week is March 15-21. We encourage everyone to use this time to go through their home and look for potentially dangerous cleaning supplies, medications, etc. This is particularly important if you are a parent of a toddler. Often the time between the newborn stage and the crawling/walking and getting into everything stage happens in the blink of an eye. Take time now to see what your child sees and identify what he or she can gain access to. Here are some great tips on keeping your child safe from hazardous products from Safe Kids Worldwide.

  • Store all household products out of children's sight and reach Young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks. So any bleach, detergents, dishwasher liquid or cleaning solutions that are kept there should find a new storage location.
  • Install child safety locks on cabinets where you have stored poisonous items. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, lead, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Don't leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door.
  • Keep cleaning products in their original containers. Never put a potentially poisonous product in something other than its original container (such as a plastic soda bottle) where it could be mistaken for something else. In addition, if that product is accidentally consumed, you will need the information from the bottle for Poison Control.
  • Throw away old medicines and other potential poisons. Check your garage, basement and other storage areas for cleaning and work supplies you no longer need and can discard.
  • Be aware of any medications or makeup that may be in your purse. Store handbags out of the reach of young children.
  • Buy child-resistant packages when available.
  • Store all medications out of the reach and out of sight of children. This includes vitamins and medicines.
  • Put medicine out of reach after every use. When you need to give another dose in just a few hours, it may be tempting to keep medicine close at hand. Accidents can happen fast. It only takes a few seconds for children to get into medicine that could make them very sick. Put medicine up and away after every use. And if you need a reminder, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone, or write yourself a note.
  • Put the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) into your home and cell phones. You should also post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully you'll never need it, but it's nice to have just in case. Poison control centers offer fast, free, confidential help in English and Spanish. Most poisonings are resolved over the phone. The number works from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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