• October 30, 2019

    The Importance of Gallbladder Health

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, notes that gallstones affect 10%-15% of the adult population, meaning that 20 to 25 million Americans have or will have gallstones. Gallstones, the most common form of gallbladder disease, cause pain in your upper right abdomen and may lead to serious health conditions if left untreated.

    Symptoms of gallstones may include nausea, vomiting, dark urine and stomach pain caused when bile movement from the gallbladder is blocked.

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  • October 8, 2019

    Should Pregnant Women Get a Flu Shot?

    Absolutely, a flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu for everyone, including pregnant women and their developing babies.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all women who are pregnant during flu season get a flu shot.

    Why is it so important to get vaccinated? Pregnancy causes changes in the heart, lungs and immune system that make it harder for pregnant women to fight infections than women who are not pregnant.

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  • September 11, 2019

    Celebrating National Neonatal Nurses Day

    National Neonatal Nurses Day is recognized annually on September 15. We would like to thank all of our nurses who take care of our littlest patients’ day in and day out. Your work is much appreciated!

    To celebrate, Jamie Milton (pictured above; front row, second from right), RN in the BSA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, gave us some insight on what her days working in the NICU look like.

    What’s your job title?
    RN in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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  • September 9, 2019

    BSA Provides a Safer Delivery Option for New Mothers

    New mothers are challenged by the risks that come with being prescribed opioids following childbirth, specifically after Cesarean sections (C-section). According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology, one in every 300 women who has never taken an opioid before giving birth will continue to take opioids a year after surgery.

    It's possible to perform C-sections without the use of opioids⁠— and BSA is on board.

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  • September 9, 2019

    Amarillo Mother Experiences Two Unique Deliveries at BSA

    Following her Cesarean delivery (C-section) with her firstborn in 2013, Aly Hall was certain of one thing— she would deliver at BSA again if she had the opportunity.

    “After our firstborn, I knew if I had another baby we would deliver at BSA. Our doctor and team of nurses were incredible,” Hall explained.

    When it came time to deliver, the new mom-to-be felt at ease knowing she was in the care of an attentive staff.

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  • August 29, 2019

    Breastfeeding Answers from Your BSA Lactation Consultant

    Breastfeeding is a great way to provide your baby with a variety of nutrients that help to keep them healthy. While breastfeeding, you may have questions or concerns, especially if you are a first time breastfeeding mom.

    For answers to common breastfeeding questions, read the tips from BSA Lactation Consultant, Tiffany Bateman, RN, BSN, IBCLC below.


    Does breastfeeding get easier after the first few weeks?

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  • August 12, 2019

    Summer Colds vs. Allergies

    Sometimes the common symptoms of a cold —runny nose, coughing, scratchy and sore throat, fever and body aches—can overlap with what we think are the signs of seasonal allergies.

    Knowing the difference between a cold and an allergy can help you treat the root cause of your symptoms. Common colds are caused by viruses, whereas allergies are an immune system’s response to environmental triggers, known as allergens.

    Colds are more likely to cause:

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  • July 29, 2019

    Milk Matters: Mom's Meal Plan While Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is a great way to provide your baby with a variety of nutrients that help to keep your baby healthy. While breastfeeding, it is important to keep up with your own health as well.

    Follow the tips below to help you stay healthy while breastfeeding.


    Get Those Calories

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  • July 23, 2019

    Surviving a Summer Pregnancy in Texas

    A summer pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle may not always be the easiest. It is normal for expectant mothers to feel uncomfortable and overheated. While carrying your little one, your body is working overtime to cool down and the heat doesn’t help. That is why it is so important for pregnant women to take proper precautions, so overheating does not happen during pregnancy, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heatstroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting.

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  • July 23, 2019

    Weight Loss Surgery at BSA Gives Mom New Lease on Life

    For years, Chylo Graham was on a diet rollercoaster and wanted desperately to step off.

    “I had tried all diets and my body just wouldn’t cooperate,” Graham explained. “Every time I would lose 15 pounds, I would gain back 30.”

    At 27 years old, Graham weighed 265 pounds. The mother of four struggled to keep up with her children and husband on hikes and when visiting amusement parks.

    “I got on a ride once and they told me I couldn’t ride because the seatbelt wouldn’t buckle,” Graham shared.

    The excess weight was also taking a toll on her feet.

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