The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday they were taking action against the makers of the Nap Nanny, a popular product among parents to help their babies sleep, following the deaths of five infants and dozens of complaints. In media reports, the Commission says they have been trying for five months to work with the manufacturers to issue a voluntary recall, but say the makers of Nap Nanny have not been responsive to their requests. The Commission filed a complaint Wednesday against Baby Matters LLC to force the manufacturer to remove the product from store shelves and... Read More »

Some women handle pregnancy well… very well in fact. These are the women who seem to radiate with a glow. Their skin has never looked better and they appear to enjoy everything about their pregnancy. There is an explanation to support this new-found glow.  When you are pregnant, your body produces up to 50% more blood to support your growing baby.  More blood circulating makes your skin appear to glow. Additionally, higher levels of estrogen during pregnancy can make your complexion look more youthful and radiant.

However, you may be reading this and thinking, “What glow?” The other... Read More »

Babies and toddlers fed a healthy diet may have slightly higher IQs by the time they are 8 years old than children fed less healthy foods at a young age, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide, in Australia, found an early diet rich in junk foods could cost children up to two IQ points.

"Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children's IQs," said the study's leader, Lisa Smithers, a public health researcher... Read More »

The decision to pursue a vaginal birth after a C-section (called a VBAC or TOLAC - trial of labor after C-section) is a big question for many expectant mothers. VBAC eligibility is dependent upon many factors, and is safe for many patients. Patients who have had one low transverse uterine incisions who do not have any contraindications to attempting vaginal delivery may be VBAC eligible.

Unexpected emergency circumstances can occur during any labor, and are somewhat more common during an attempted VBAC. The most serious risk associated with VBAC is rupture of the scar from the prior... Read More »

In recognition of National Breastfeeding Week, some Hillcrest HealthCare System employees and new moms get together for a fun video supporting breastfeeding.


To schedule a tour of the Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center, please call 918-579-8954 or 918-294-4239 for Hillcrest Hospital South. 

Women with a strong history of breast cancer face few options to preventing the disease.  For those who carry the faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, giving them an almost 3 in 4 chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, a double mastectomy is the price some are willing to pay to avoid breast cancer.  However, a new study finds there is good news for women at such a high risk for breast cancer, and that is the impact of breastfeeding for more than a year.

The study conducted by the Women's Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, looked at almost 6,000 women with both the... Read More »

Hillcrest Medical Center’s Women’s Health Center Expands Birth Care Services

Tulsa, Okla. – The Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center announced today its grand opening expansion of the fourth floor of their women’s hospital. The new floor is named the “Sandra L. Jackson Birth Care Unit.”

The expansion was initiated due to the increased volume of deliveries at the Women’s Health Center; the increased number of High Risk Antepartum patients; and as a way to provide expanded, comprehensive birth care services all in one unit for the convenience of the... Read More »