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Posted: May 2, 2018

Is Your Teen Ready to Babysit? Read this.

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

With a teenage daughter branching out her babysitting sitting services to families I don't know, I turned to the American Academy of Pediatrics for guidance on how to help her grow this 'career' in a safe and thoughtful way. This is what I learned.
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Posted: May 1, 2018

Fighting Preeclampsia, Raising Awareness

Preeclampsia is a rapidly progressive disorder in pregnant women that is characterized by elevated blood pressure and protein in urine. Affecting both the pregnant mother and the growing, unborn child, it can occur during pregnancy and immediately after a woman gives birth. Preeclampsia is a leading cause of premature birth. Each year, the disorder is to blame for about 76,000 maternal deaths and a half-million infant deaths worldwide. Doctors do not fully understand what causes preeclampsia, and the only cure for the condition begins with delivery.
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Posted: Apr 30, 2018

Florida Snakes: What You Need to Know

Written by SMH Emergency Care Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

More than 50 different snake species naturally inhabit Florida. Of those, there are six types of venomous snakes that you should know about. Here’s a primer, as well as some safety tips to remember, should you encounter one of these natural Florida citizens.
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Posted: Apr 27, 2018

Ask An Expert: Total Joint Replacement Q&A

With SMH Orthopedic Program Coordinator Lisa Kennedy

Considering total joint replacement surgery? Learn what to expect, how to prepare, and how to reduce recovery time in this Ask An Expert video Q&A with SMH Orthopedic Program Coordinator Lisa Kennedy.
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Posted: Apr 26, 2018

Ask an Expert: Breastfeeding Fact or Fiction

With SMH Lactation Specialist Sheera Thomas

To help all nursing moms and moms-to-be dispel breastfeeding fact from fiction, we asked an SMH lactation expert to break down a few of the most common breastfeeding “rules” that new moms encounter.
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