Women’s Health

Breastfeeding challenge: Going back to work

You’ve brought a beautiful new baby into the world. You’ve made the decision to breastfeed and have been breastfeeding exclusively for the first weeks of your child’s life. But you’ll be returning to work soon. Now what?

Many new moms face the challenge of going back to work while breastfeeding. Continuing to breastfeed while working presents barriers and brings up many questions: Can I pump milk at work? How will I pump? How often should I pump? Where can I store breast milk at work? What if I have to travel while I work?

Breastfeeding benefits for you and baby

There are a lot of questions, apprehensions and anxiety that comes with being a new parent. But within all the questions and the many answers and opinions you’ll likely receive from others, there is one question that should be easy for new moms to answer: Should I breastfeed? The simple answer is yes. While there may be complications or setbacks, and some moms just aren’t able to breastfeed, most moms should consider breastfeeding for at least the first six months of their baby’s life.

Gynecologic surgery options for women are better than ever

Maria Johnson was tired all the time. “I just didn’t have any energy,” said the 44-year-old insurance recovery specialist. “I discovered that I had uterine fibroids about 15 years ago. On the advice of my doctors we kept tabs on them through regular ultrasounds.” Over time those fibroids grew, some into the size of a cantaloupe. “I was experiencing heavy cramping and bleeding, plus I was just so tired,” Johnson said. “It was time to do something.”

Fibroids are benign (noncancerous) tumors of the uterus that usually do not cause symptoms. However, depending on the number, size and location, they can cause complications such as those experienced by Johnson.

Johnson’s primary care physician and her gynecologist suggested a hysterectomy as the best option to her uterine fibroid problem, but she was opposed. “I am a breast cancer survivor. I went through a radical mastectomy, and I just didn’t want to go through another major procedure,” she said. That is when a friend told her about uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).

Facts about Pelvic Health for women

We had a chance to speak with two Norton Healthcare providers to find out more about women’s pelvic health. Jonathan H. Reinstine, M.D., is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, a Part of Norton Women’s Care, and Melissa Ulfe, BSN, R.N., CBCN, is the women’s health nurse navigator at Norton Suburban Hospital, future home of Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital. They shared with us their top videos for helping women better understand pelvic health and how women can become empowered to speak with their doctors about their “below the belt” health.

New Stroke Guidelines for Women

The American Stroke Association issued new guidelines for preventing stroke for women. The new guidelines take into account specific risk factors that are only prevalent in women. These new guidelines provide better tools for physicians to use when evaluating a women's potential for a stroke.

Jackie Hays interviews Lynn Hundley, MSN, RN, APRN, CCRN, CNRN, CCNS, about the new stroke guidelines and warns that worldwide one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Heart to Heart - When heart conditions affect pregnancy and beyond

Ashley Payne was a college student at the University of Kentucky when she learned she had high blood pressure, or hypertension, during a regular checkup.

“It was a big shocker — I wasn’t the typical picture of high blood pressure,” said Payne, who was not overweight and ate a healthy diet.

For 10 years, she took blood pressure medicine that kept her condition under control. But that changed when she got pregnant with her first child. She was the most fit she’d ever been, but despite changing medications her blood pressure continued to rise.


There was a time when my day wasn’t complete without a trip to the gym, a brisk walk, a run or a bike ride. I went dancing every weekend, zipped around on rollerblades and even used exercise videos.

But lately, the only exercise I manage to squeeze in is isometrics while carpooling the kids. So I’m a bit reluctant when heading to a Pilates class at the YMCA.