Lacey Marsh woke early in the morning on December 2, 2014 and knew it was time. “We got to Hillcrest at 3 a.m. and went straight to triage,” she recalls. Lacey was indeed in labor and admitted to Labor and Delivery at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center shortly after arriving. Pregnant with her first child, Lacey did not know exactly what to expect next, but maintained an open mind. Surprisingly, things appeared to be developing quickly. “By 7 a.m. I was dilated to a 7 cm. My water broke, but not completely. Everything was going well.”

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Good nutrition is one of the top priorities during pregnancy. It is not only beneficial for mom, but also baby. In addition to a daily prenatal vitamin, we often think about getting a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy, protein, and plenty of water. However, even our best intentions may overlook one critical nutrient for pregnancy – iron. A mineral responsible carrying oxygen in the blood throughout the body, iron is more efficiently absorbed into the body during pregnancy. To help make sure mom and baby are getting enough iron, it is important to consume more than... Read More »

The fight against breast cancer is apparent every October – as patients, survivors, family and friends, health care providers, and communities rally in pink to spread awareness of the disease, which has cut far too many lives short. While breast cancer death rates decline, the second leading cause of cancer deaths for women will still claim the lives of more than 40,000 women, as well as more than 400 men this year. Of the more than 200,000 women and men diagnosed with breast cancer, many will face a tough battle that includes surgery, debilitating rounds of chemotherapy and radiation and... Read More »

I would like to thank everyone at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center for making each one of my birthing experiences nothing short of excellent.  I have had three C-sections at the women’s center - one in 2008, 2011 and 2013.  Each time that I went in, every person that I came in contact with treated me, my husband and baby wonderful - every nurse, doctor and office worker. It was very professional and comforting. Everyone, and I repeat, everyone did a great job making sure our visit was special and we were well cared for.

My last cesarean section was very high-risk. I had... Read More »

Sarah Nunnally, RN, is a NICU nurse at the Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center. When she comforts parents and tells them how the team of doctors, nurses and staff in the NICU will care for their baby, she understands their fears, worries and questions. Two years ago, Sarah's own daughter spent four weeks in the NICU. Sarah shares her story and how she is helping to change lives at Hillcrest.

The Labor and Delivery staff of the Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center of Hillcrest Medical Center created a fun way to show patients and visitors more about their department, by creating a Changing Lives tree. 

Soon after the “Congratulations!” and “When are you due?” the “Oh, you’re going to be ‘really’ pregnant in the heat” comments come in for those who share the news they are due in June, July, August or September. Yes, it is something expectant mothers have thought about also – and for good reason. Being pregnant any time of the year can be strenuous. Pregnant in your third trimester in the summer, however, brings its own set of concerns – especially in regard to staying hydrated and cool.

When you first become pregnant, a slight rise in basal body temperature is often one of the... Read More »

For new parents-to-be, the final weeks of pregnancy are full of excitement, anticipation and a list of things to do. This is also an important time to soak in a little “you and me” time, while getting prepared for one of the biggest changes in your life – welcoming a new member to the family. Here are some tips for getting everything ready, while also enjoying the moment.

Select Your Pediatrician

Some parents know as soon as they are pregnant whom they would like to choose as their child’s pediatrician, while other parents might save this selection for later in the pregnancy... Read More »