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Posted: May 4, 2021

Making a Birth Plan: A Guide for Expectant Parents

With SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN

Childbirth is unpredictable. But expectant parents can ensure their labor-and-delivery experience goes as smoothly as possible by being prepared, knowing their options and creating a written birth plan before baby’s expected arrival. Here, SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN, offers tips and a practical guide for making an effective birth plan.

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Posted: Mar 2, 2021

Kegel Exercises? There's a Better Way

By SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

Kegel exercises — which are basically the repetitious lifting and tightening of your pelvic muscles — are often touted as a non-surgical solution for bladder and bowel incontinence in men and women. And while there are some people who encourage Kegels as a way to strengthen the pelvic floor, I’ve found alternatives that are much easier and much more effective for boosting control of your bladder and bowel, for a few reasons.

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Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Improving the Surgery Journey for Patients

By ERAS Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RNBC

Learning you need surgery can prompt fear and concern about what’s to come — worry about pain and side effects, hospitalization duration, recovery time and infection risk. To help ease this stress and ensure patients have the best possible surgery outcome, Sarasota Memorial launched its Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in 2018. ERAS Program Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RN-BC, explains what ERAS is, how it's benefiting SMH patients and who's eligible.

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Posted: Jan 25, 2021

Preventing Cervical Cancer ~ Ask an Expert

With GYN Oncologist Beverly Long, MD

The bad news: All women are at risk for cervical cancer. The good news: Cervical cancer is highly preventable, and when found early, it’s highly treatable. In this Ask An Expert Q&A post, gynecological oncologist Beverly Long, MD, talks cervical cancer prevention and screening.

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Posted: Jan 19, 2021

How Much Sleep Do Kids Need?

Written by Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas, RN

Inspired by her kids' sluggish start to the day, SMH nurse and mom of 4 Sheera Thomas, RN, takes a look at healthy sleep habits for kids. Find out how much sleep the experts recommend for kids at every age for overall mental and physical health.

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