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Posted: Aug 26, 2019

Medically Dependent? Register Now for a Storm Shelter

Hurricane season is June 1 through Nov. 30. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for severe weather. If you or a loved one is medically dependent and will require shelter in the event of a hurricane, now is the time to pre-register with the county for assistance.

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Posted: Aug 19, 2019

Postpartum Red Flags You Should Never Ignore

Written by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Washington Hill

Many maternal deaths related to childbirth complications occur after mom and baby have gone home from the hospital. Women who recently have given birth are at increased risk for a range of health problems. If you know someone who’s had a baby in the last 6 weeks — or just had one yourself — look for these medical red flags.

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Posted: Jul 30, 2019

Breastfeeding Wisdom for New Moms & Moms-to-Be

Written by SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas, RN

The transition to becoming a mother is often accompanied by feelings of overwhelming joy — and overwhelming uncertainty. To help ease some of that uncertainty, we’ve put together a roundup of tips, facts and proven wisdom from Sarasota Memorial lactation specialist Sheera Thomas, RN. 

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Posted: Jul 23, 2019

Heart & Spirit: One Man’s Miraculous Story

Written by SMH Senior Communications Specialist Kim Savage

Brian Bosworth, 55, a retired Army colonel, was vacationing on Longboat Key with his wife, Kathryn, when he suffered a massive heart attack and went into cardiogenic shock. Fortunately, Brian’s brush with death was accompanied by some good fortune as well. 

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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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