Mother & Child

Pregnant women aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need — and supplements aren’t helping

Pregnant women aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need — and supplements aren’t helping

[Healthline, June 24, 2019] Getting adequate nutrition is one of the most important responsibilities women have throughout their pregnancies — not only for themselves, but for the lifelong health of their babies as well. However, new research from Purdue University has discovered that many pregnant women aren’t getting enough essential nutrients, even with an extra […]

Allina Health tests waters for apps based on patient journeys

Allina Health tests waters for apps based on patient journeys

[Becker’s Hospital Review, June 4, 2019] When it comes to pregnancy apps, it’s a jungle out there. In November 2017, there were more than 318,000 digital health apps and counting, with 9 percent of those dedicated to women’s health and pregnancy, according to the latest available data from IQVIA Institute. Minneapolis-based Allina Health recognized this […]

Mercy Hospital opens Milk Depot for donation of breast milk

[KSTP-TV, May 29, 2019] The Mother Baby Center at Allina Health’s Mercy Hospital, the latest Allina Hospital to open a milk depot, celebrated its opening today with an open house. Milk depots are locations where lactating mothers can donate their excess milk to be processed and given to moms who cannot produce enough breast milk […]

New drug promises help for women suffering from postpartum depression

[MPR News, May 8, 2019] Next month, the first and only FDA-approved treatment for postpartum depression will hit the market in the U.S. It’s needed. Up to 1 in 7 women experiences depression after her baby’s birth — making it one of the most common complications of pregnancy. The drug offers almost immediate relief. Some […]

FDA approves new postpartum depression drug

[KARE 11, March 20, 2019] It is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for postpartum depression. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso, the medical director of psychiatry at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, says this new drug could be a game changer. She is also a psychiatrist who specializes in postpartum depression at Allina Health’s Mother Baby Center. […]

Birthing options: Choose what works for you.

[WCCO Radio, March 16, 2019] There are many options when a family plans for the birth of new child including midwives and doulas in addition to the more traditional obstetrician-gynecologist. Allina Health midwife Carlyn Penwell discussed the options in a conversation with WCCO Radio’s Esme Murphy.

Miscarriage: A common experience, a private pain

[MPR News, March 13, 2019] Miscarriages are sad, private events, difficult to talk about. But they are not rare; a study reports they occur in 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies. Given how common they are, experts believe that open and honest dialogue about miscarriages can help mothers and partners grieve. “Grief is very personal. […]

Donated breast milks helps a variety of infants

[Hastings Star Gazette, March 7, 2019] The Regina Hospital Birth Center opened up the Regina Milk Depot in February. Talks about getting a milk depot at Regina began in October after staff at the hospital heard that the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies was looking for hospitals to get on board. “I knew that there […]

Why moms need to move self care to top of to do list

[KARE 11, Feb. 4, 2019] It’s no secret that raising kids can be tough and tiring and a new study shows, it’s taking an unhealthy toll on mothers’ mental health. Dr. Elizabeth LaRusso is a psychiatrist with The Mother Baby Center at Allina Health and she’s talked with KARE 11 News about why gender roles […]

Baby girl born at 3:21 a.m. is among St. Paul’s first of 2019

[Pioneer Press, Jan. 1, 2019] Kaleena Chem-Rodriguez was among the first babies born on New Year’s Day in St. Paul, arriving at 3:21 a.m. at The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s Minnesota. She weighed in at 5 pounds and 6 ounces. Her mother, 22-year-old Katherine Chem, said Kaleena has slept a lot since […]