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  • Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP
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  • Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP
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  • Ginger Grubb Appreciates Coordinated Care at MHP
    Ginger Grubb Appreciates Coordinated Care at MHP

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FowlerHeadshotJeffrey Fowler, DO

Dr. Jeffrey Fowler is an OB/GYN at MHP who specializes in the obstetrical and gynecological care for women through every stage of life.

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25 August 2016
Every parent knows the excitement and fear of introducing solid food into their child’s diet. Everyone seems to have an opinion and the decision can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Shawn Richmond, MD, knows a thing or two about babies and when they may be ready to wear that suit of spaghetti you always dreamed of! In general, babies need to be about double their birth weight and able to hold their head up be...
18 August 2016
You’re 21 years old, you’re enjoying college, your first job and having fun with friends and dating. Someday… you’ll have kids, settle down, maybe get married; but right now, you just want to have fun. Sounds great! However, if you’re not taking care of your health today, the future you envision may not be possible. A sexually transmitted disease that goes untreated can cause long-term damage to your reproductive system. Protecting yourself is s...

Breastfeeding Week Celebration

Mahaska Health Partnership Celebrates Breastfeeding Week

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 through 7, Mahaska Health Partnership emphasizes the value of breastfeeding for mothers and children alike.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe to encourage breastfeeding as a means of improving the health of babies. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need to grow and develop. Nutrition and nurturing during the first years of life are essential to life-long health and well-being. In places where proper nutrition can be hard to come by, breastfeeding is especially important.

“Children should have the best, healthiest start to their lives,” explained MHP Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh. “Any amount of breastfeeding will benefit a child.”

The WHO recommends that infants start breastfeeding within an hour of life and are exclusively breastfed for six months. This means no additional food or drink, not even water. Children should also be fed as often as they want; day or night. After six months, children should be introduced safe complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years of age or beyond, depending on their individual nutritional situation.

“In the US, fewer than one in six mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies at the end of six months,” stated Vroegh. “Breastfeeding better protects babies from illness, reduces the incidence of obesity and SIDS and the risk of postpartum depression in mothers.”

Mahaska Health Partnership offers prenatal classes that are helpful to new mothers and their partners. Prenatal & Lamaze classes focus on prenatal care, labor, delivery, postpartum and baby care as well as breathing exercises and Lamaze. Breastfeeding classes offer tips and techniques for breastfeeding along with ways to prevent, recognize and manage possible difficulties.

“We’re here to give new mothers options and advice as they begin a new chapter in their lives with their baby,” shared Vroegh. “We want mother and baby to be the healthiest and happiest they can be.”