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A woman’s journey through life takes her through various stages including adolescence, childbearing years, midlife and senior adulthood. At St. Bernards, we are committed to providing women with the means to stay healthy throughout all of them. To this end we have created a unique series of women’s services to meet the ever-changing needs of the female patient. Through an always growing number of programs, we offer long-term wellness solutions which include educational, diagnostic and ongoing patient care services.
It is becoming increasingly important for women to recognize and take control of their own very unique health needs and those of their children. So important, in fact, that we have dedicated an entire team of healthcare professionals to address a whole host of gender and age-specific conditions. At St. Bernards Women’s and Children’s Services, we’re focusing our efforts on everything from pregnancy and breastfeeding to urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction and just about everything in between. Read on and learn more about the many unique services we are now pleased to offer exclusively for women and children.
At St. Bernards Urinary Incontinence Clinic, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence in women. In a caring and comfortable environment, we can help you find solutions to successfully manage the loss of bladder control. The condition can be improved through non-invasive measures, medication, surgery or a combination of treatments. Our supportive team of highly skilled, courteous health professionals is trained in urodynamic testing, biofeedback, patient education and more and will develop an individualized program for every one of our valued patients. Physician referral from a gynecologist or urologist is necessary for testing at the Clinic. Proper diagnosis is critical to providing proper treatment of urinary incontinence. Depending on the type of incontinence and the projected cause, you may then be referred for one, or a combination of, the tests or therapies:
This form of therapy involves special equipment used to help you identify the muscle group that is weak, understand why your incontinence problem exists and modify the body function that may be the cause. Biofeedback uses mild stimulation to help contract and strengthen the weakened muscle group.
Surgical intervention may be necessary to treat some incontinence.
It is not uncommon for women to experience sadness, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed and symptoms of depression. These may often lead to problems with family, marriage, sexual dysfunction and other quality of life issues.
Specially trained St. Bernards therapists are available to treat these and other sensitive women’s issues in a caring, supportive environment. Individualized programs may include individual and/or family therapy sessions and exercises to be completed outside the office between sessions. Taking the initiative to openly discuss your problems and progress will empower you in your recovery.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from a private consultation:
Through individual and/or couples therapy you may:
Therapists on staff treat a number of types of depression including, but not limited to:
Anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed or in a constant state of worry or panic are most often symptoms of deeper issues. St. Bernards therapists can help you discover the cause of those feelings and work through them.
Get ready for Baby 101. Join us for a night of higher learning for parents-to-be during Baby College. Choose from several dates:
6:00 – 8:30pm each night
You’ll be able to meet the St. Bernards Maternity Services Team, participate in a Nursing Team Q & A, visit vendor booths and learn all about Car Seat Safety.
Complimentary snacks will be provided while you register to win a car seat and other prizes and pre-register for your delivery.
Baby College will take place in Stroud Hall at St. Bernards Medical Center
225 E. Jackson Avenue
For moms who choose to breastfeed, we have designed a complete Breastfeeding Resource Center. Featuring two full-time board certified lactation consultants, the program offers Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes, Breastfeeding and Back-to-Work Classes and individual instruction and counseling.
For an appointment, call 870-934-8808 or 870-972-4436 (Breastfeeding Help Line).
For class registration, call HealthLine at 870-931-5055 or 1-888-782-4555.
It’s everything a new mom needs to be successful at breastfeeding conveniently collected all in one place! You can purchase or rent breast pumps and all the supplies necessary for feeding your new little one. Gift certificates available.
Full range of sizes of nursing bras (certified bra fitters available), milk storage bags, nursing pillows and comfort products including maternity belts for the pregnant and/or nursing mom.
Prior to delivery, a board certified lactation consultant conducts a session on everything the new mom needs to know about getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Once the baby is born, moms who plan to go back to work are encouraged to attend another class focusing on making a successful transition back to work. The class helps mom to seamlessly continue breastfeeding using both feeding and pumping techniques.
Breastfeeding and back to work classes are offered at Women's & Children's at 800 South Church. To sign up for this class please call (870) 972-4436.
St. Bernards Outpatient Lactation Service is available by appointment Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 870-934-8808 for appointment or call Help Line.
Helping new mothers in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri with a wide array of breastfeeding problems, experts are a phone call away at our Breastfeeding Help Line at 870-972-4436. Problems with which they may be of assistance include, but are not limited to:
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and The American Cancer Society recommend women receive annual mammograms beginning at age 40. However, women with a family history of breast cancer should consult their doctor about receiving screening tests more often or at an earlier age.
Have your physician call St. Bernards centralized scheduling for your appointment 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For your convenience, a Reference Lab draw station is located in our clinic for your laboratory needs. Bring your lab
slip from your physician. The draw station is open 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Newborn Care Classes are offered at Women's & Children's at 800 South Church. To sign up for this class please call (870) 972-4436.
Classes for the Women's Heart Health program are scheduled upon request by calling the community education department at 870-336-4912.
Safe Sitter is a program that teaches boys and girls ages 11-13 how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. In the one-day course, your child will learn business skills, safety for the sitter, what to do when a child chokes and how to call for emergency help. They will receive helpful tips to make them more confident care givers. They will also receive information on child development and age appropriate activities.
For more information on upcoming classes, contact Amanda McMillon 870-336-4912 or Karla Davis 870-336-4909.
Approximately 10 million females and 1 million males suffer from eating disorders. Unlike many diseases and conditions, there are no risk factors for eating disorders - they affect individuals across all ethnic, economic and cultural groups. The following facts highlight the dangers of eating disorders as well as the consequence if they are left untreated.
A variety of symptoms may occur in those suffering from eating disorders, with the most common being feelings or distress, guilt and shame in regard to eating. Other signs include:
Self-imposed starvation with excessive weight loss as well as a variety of compensatory behaviors to promote weight loss.
A cycle of bingeing followed by behaviors such as purging, excessive exercise or abuse of laxatives.
Bingeing that is not followed by compensatory behaviors and is often associated with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.
Includes symptoms of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, the St. Bernards Eating Disorders Clinic can help. Our team-with includes a counselor, psychiatrist, dietician and medical monitoring staff - provides comprehensive treatment focused on healing both the body and mind.
Services Offered by the Eating Disorders Program Include:
St. Bernards Eating Disorders Program is focused on healing the body and mind.
St. Bernards offers a comprehensive Eating Disorders Program that provides treatment to patients of all ages based on their individual needs.
With a focus on the biological, environmental and cognitive aspects of eating disorders, St. Bernards provides therapeutic treatment to patients diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other disorders involving anxiety or depressions related to eating.
Our team utilizes a combination of individual, family and group therapy, nutritional support, psychiatric care and close medical monitoring in an integrated approach to treatment. We also offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) when additional therapy is needed. This program includes group skills training, meal support and individual counseling sessions.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing anxiety related to eating and/or body image, the Eating Disorders Program can provide an assessment to begin the healing process.
For more information call St. Bernards Eating Disorders
Dr. Cristina Shaw
Crisis Line 1-800-800-0496