Duke Medicine Women’s Health Initiative presents Stronger Together 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Duke Medicine’s Women’s Health Initiative will host its biennial Stronger Together regional conference on important and timely women’s health topics. This year’s conference will focus on matters of women in midlife, including sexuality, menopause and pelvic floor disorders.

Come learn about healthy living options in a fun, positive environment with free health screenings, vendor exhibits, demonstrations and educational breakout sessions with leading healthcare experts.

Duke’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, Rhythm and Blue, will perform and New York Times best-selling author, Iris Krasnow, will speak about her newest book, Sex After. Her address will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information and to register, click here.

Preparing for Baby Classes

161310234Duke Regional is offering a new class for expectant parents called Preparing for Baby Partner Boot Camp. This class is designed to prepare first-time parents, with a focus on the first few weeks after the baby’s birth.

The course costs $20 per couple. Register online at http://events.duke.edu/baby.

Visiting new mom

Not a new mom? Bring your child to our Preparing for Baby – Sibling Class.

The class prepares children ages 3-12 for what to expect as their family grows. During the one-hour class, children learn to safely assist with caring for their new sibling, discuss emotions associated with becoming a big sister or brother, learn about newborn appearance and behavior, as well as, special rules about new babies. A tour of The Birth Place is included to help your child become familiar with the hospital and our visiting routines.

The class is free. Click here to register.

Learn more about The Birth Place at Duke Regional Hospital

Mom with baby 2At Duke Regional Hospital, we deliver more than 2,000 babies each year. Our experienced healthcare team pampers mom and baby with the exceptional care and special touches found only at a community hospital that is part of a world-class health system.

Our comfortable delivery suites allow you to deliver your baby in a cozy, home-like atmosphere. Our spa-like Mother/Baby unit offers a calm place for mom and baby to bond and our Special Care Nursery is there for babies who need a little extra help. The Birth Place offers:

  • Eight labor and delivery suites, four with whirlpool tubs for hydrotherapy relaxation during labor
  • Two dedicated operating rooms for C-sections within the Labor and Delivery unit
  • Hospital-based anesthesia team available 24 hours a day
  • A Mother/Baby unit with 36 private postpartum rooms
  • Lightweight, cordless fetal and maternal monitors provide mothers and the care team with greater freedom of movement during labor and more flexibility in choice of birthing positions
  • Strict infant security system
  • Special Care Nursery for at-risk, acutely ill and convalescing infants as early as 32 weeks of gestation staffed by Duke neonatologists

Want to learn more about what it’s like to have your baby at Duke Regional Hospital? Guided tours of the Labor and Delivery unit are offered at Duke Regional Hospital every Tuesday at 7 p.m and the second Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. To register, call 919-403-4DRH (919-403-4374) or click here. Can’t make it in person? Take a virtual tour.

Special Care Nursery Patient Reunion


Yui-Lin Tang, MD with one of the Special Care Nursery graduates and her family.

On Saturday we held our first Special Care Nursery patient reunion for our tiniest patients and their families. Special Care Nursery “graduates” from the past three years were invited to a day of fun at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, including an animal encounter, photo booth, museum admission and lunch.

Nearly 300 people attended the Dr. Seuss-themed event aimed to celebrate and honor the connection between our patients, their families and the nurses, physicians and staff who care for them.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos and special thanks to the Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary for sponsoring this event!


Preparing for Childbirth: What to bring to the hospital

Pregnant womanIt’s almost here…the day you’ve been waiting for. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, you may be eager, excited or even a little nervous. At Duke Regional, we are committed to providing a memorable experience for you and your loved ones. Wondering what to bring to the hospital? We recommend:

  • comfortable walking shoes or non-skid slippers
  • a robe
  • comfortable clothes to wear home
  • a nursing/support bra
  • three or four receiving blankets
  • an outfit for baby to wear home (we suggest something with legs as they work better with car seats)
  • two to three diapers
  • Your favorite snacks, although the hospital has a cafeteria and 24-hour vending machines

To learn more about The Birth Place at Duke Regional, visit dukeregional.org/childbirth.

National Breastfeeding Month

Mom with baby 2August is National Breastfeeding Month. The breastfeeding campaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to empower women to commit to breastfeeding by highlighting new research that shows the advantages of breastfeeding.

At Duke Regional Hospital, our mission is to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mom.

Benefits for Baby
• Bonding experience for mom and baby
• Provides ideal nutrition
• Boosts immune system
• Higher IQs
• Decreases the incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
• Decreases the risk of asthma, allergies, ear infections and respiratory infections

Benefits for Mom
• Bonding with baby
• Return to pre-pregnancy weight quicker
• Lower risk of ovarian cancer
• Lower risk of breast cancer
• Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
• Costs approximately $300 year compared to $1,500 year for formula

The staff at Duke Regional Hospital has been through extensive training to support and encourage exclusive, on-demand breastfeeding. Specialized lactation consultants are available if mom or baby need extra support or are encountering challenges.
Are you currently breastfeeding or do you know a mom who is? Check out our new lactation notebook for breastfeeding mothers: http://bit.ly/1q8H1gz.