Women and Children Services

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:

Prenatal Class Registration

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St. Bernards provides classes each month for expecting parents. The birth of your baby is exciting as well as an adjustment. It is never too early to schedule your prenatal classes. To register for these classes or to learn more about them visit our calendar or call (870) 207-7300. 

Baby State

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Get ready for Baby 101. It is a Higher learning for parents to be! Join us for a night of higher learning for parents-to-be during Baby State. This event is free to the community and no registration is required. Choose from several dates:

  • August 11, 2015
  • November 10, 2015

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
855-207-7300

 

To view photos from our latest Baby College, click here

Breastfeeding Resource Center

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Located in the St. Bernards Imaging Center, the breastfeeding resource center now has 3 full time board certified lactation consultants covering inpatients, NICU mothers, and outpatients. Prepared childbirth and prenatal breast feeding classes. St. Bernards offers an all day Saturday class to cover all the aspects of childbirth free to those who choose to deliver at St. Bernards. This informative and interactive class is taught by an instructor with many years of labor and delivery experience.  Prenatal Breastfeeding is a onetime evening class to help prepare you to breastfeed your precious newborn. The instructor is an international board certified with many years of experience assisting breast feeding mothers. This class is also offered free to patients who choose St. Bernards.

For an appointment, call (870) 897-7335 or (870) 680-2714

For class registration, call HealthLine at 1-855-207-7300 or visit our calendar to register on this website.

Boutique for Breastfeeding Moms

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The outpatient clinic is now located within the St. Bernards Imaging Center at 1144 East Matthews. The clinic offers convenient parking for the new mother, a private comfortable office space for a one-on-one visit with a board certified lactation consultant. The clinic also features a growing breastfeeding boutique with items needed to make your breastfeeding experience successful. 

Outpatient Appointments

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St. Bernards Outpatient Lactation Service is available by appointment Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 1-855-207-7300 for an appointment.

NICU

We care for babies 32 weeks and 3 ½ pounds to 28 weeks and 2 pounds. We saw over 250 babies the first year. We have developed a team of 20 specialty trained nurses some of which have over 20 years of newborn experiences, have 3 board certified lactation consultants and a dedicated respiratory staff. There are 7 NICU’s in the state and ours is the only one iN Northeast Arkansas. Dr. Douglas Seglem is a board certified neonatal-perinatal medicine physician.

Breastfeeding Help Line

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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:

  • Painful or cracked nipples
  • Engorgement
  • Low milk supply
  • Plugged ducts
  • Mastitis
  • Yeast
  • Breastfeeding twins (or more!)
  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby
  • Weight checks
  • Babies slow to gain weight

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.

Women's Education Resources

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  • Women’s Education Conference Center. With seating for 40, the conference center hosts a number of educational classes, including prenatal and breastfeeding, breast cancer, breast health, Women’s HeartAdvantage™ and “Look Good, Feel Better” in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. Advanced media equipment and a teaching kitchen in the conference center will enhance the learning experiences for today’s women.
  • Women’s Health Resource Library. Containing a wide variety of journals, brochures, pamphlets, interactive media programs on women’s health, Internet access for research, video/DVD library with viewing area, hands-on models and learning tools and a lending library. The resource library brings together the latest healthcare information. Trained staff is always available to assist in the library area.
  • One-on-One Breast Care Specialists. Registered nurses with breast health specialist certification provide one-on-one care to assist patients from screening to diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These specialized RNs teach breast health education classes, deliver patient support and offer community health screenings.

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Created for Women by Women

Every woman has a story to tell and having a health condition can be very challenging, but finding your way through the system shouldn’t be.

At St. Bernards, our Women’s Health Navigators can serve as your resource to discuss your health care needs and help you explore your care options. We will help you define your health care priorities and navigate your care through the health care maze. If you don’t know the answer to something, we will  find it. If we can ease your stress by helping with logistics, consider it done. And if you’re faced with a tough diagnosis or grueling recovery, we will offer a familiar face—and a hand to hold—during vulnerable times.

For more information, contact Dimsey Brown at dbrown1@sbrmc.org or Mable Prunty at mprunty@sbrmc.org.

Women's Heart Health Program

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Classes for the Women's Heart Health program are scheduled upon request by calling the community education department at 870-336-4912. For more information on the Heart Care services offered at St. Bernards, click here

Safe Sitter Classes

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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 or Karla Davis 870-336-4909.

Eating Disorders

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Understand the Consequences
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.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.
10-20% of those diagnosed with anorexia nervosa will die from complications secondary to the disorder.
Long-term complications associates with eating disorders include bone density loss and damage to the heart, kidneys and digestive tract.

Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms
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:

  • Anorexia Nervosa- Self-imposed starvation with excessive weight loss as well as a variety of compensatory behaviors to promote weight loss.
  • Bulimia Nervosa- A cycle of bingeing followed by behaviors such as purging, excessive exercise or abuse of laxatives.
  • Binge Eating Disorders- Bingeing that is not followed by compensatory behaviors and is often associated with symptoms of depression and/or anxiety.
  • Other Eating Disorders- Includes symptoms of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating.

Find Hope at St. Bernards Eating Disorders Clinic
If you or a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, the St. Bernards Eating Disorders Clinic can help. Our team-which 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:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individual and family therapy
  • Family support
  • Dietary Guidance
  • Psychiatric Support
  • Coordination of medical care
  • Intensive group-based treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Maudsley Family Based Treatment for kids and adolescents

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
(870) 930-9090
Crisis Line 1-800-800-0496

Links to more information on Eating Disorders:
www.drsarahravin.com
www.edreferral.com

NICU

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There’s a special delivery arriving at St. Bernards Couplet Care on 4East. The moment you meet your
baby is a life-changing, joyous time. It’s a time that deserves a special kind of care. St. Bernards is pleased to offer Couplet Care on 4East, where all newborn babies and their mothers are cared for as a single unit until it’s time to go home. We are devoted to providing a quiet, relaxed environment where you and your family can get to know your baby. With amenities like separate playrooms for siblings, newborn care education and an over-night arrangement designed just for Dad, St. Bernards Couplet Care on 4East helps keep one of the most special times in your life exactly that…special.