• Having a Baby at MHP was all about Family for the Bellingers
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    Bryon and Christy Bellinger are the proud parents of 11-year-old Terryk, and recently welcomed George Ivan, born July 6, 2016. They wouldn’t have dreamed o…

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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
    Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet

    D is for Determination! Without it, Dean Strawn and his wife, Jane, along with his Physical Therapists at MHP, say he wouldn’t be walking, talking and m…

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  • After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days
    After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days

    With a household of eight to care for and a fulltime job, the last thing Tami O’Day of Oskaloosa was making time for was herself. Tami thought her m…

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  • Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP
    Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP

    When it comes to healthcare, being able to continue working without interruption is a common concern for many, Larry Spoelstra is no different. “I’ve liv…

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  • Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP
    Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP

    Janean and Derek Wedeking know the value of family, both personally and professionally. Janean is a fourth year medical student who has been on rotations…

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Provider Focus

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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22 September 2016
You’ve heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but what about prediabetes? When your blood sugar levels are high but not quite high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes, you may be diagnosed with prediabetes. So what in the world does that mean? Well, according to MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice, it’s not a sentence for type 2 diabetes! In fact, this diagnosis is a great opportunity to look at your health and make adjustments before developing dia...
15 September 2016
Did you know that nearly 75% of all colon cancers can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices? MHP General Surgeon Paul Riggs, MD, FACS, does know, which is why he is such an advocate for healthy colon habits! Screenings are an important tool in monitoring the health of your colon but there is a lot you can do between screenings to help this important organ do its best work! Your colon is responsible for helping you digest food and get valuab...

Baby Safety Month

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Baby Safety Month

As part of Baby Safety Month, Mahaska Health Partnership wants to inform you of the safety risks associated with using second hand, hand-me-down and heirloom baby gear.

Each year, a new topic is chosen to be highlighted during Baby Safety Month. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, parents are increasingly buying second hand products for their babies. For this reason, “Take a Second Look at Second Hand Baby Gear” is the theme for 2012. From garage sales, auctions, thrift stores or friends and family, parents are finding ways to cut costs during these tough economic times.

“Safety standards are constantly changing, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on what products are approved,” said MHP Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh. “If you have any question that your used baby product may not be safe, it’s better to just buy new.”

Outfitting a nursery can be costly. If you are on a tight budget, buying second hand baby gear is an option, as long as it is done safely. Items that can easily be cleaned and meet current standards such as clothes, books or basic toys are great choices to buy or borrow.

“You should always put safety before price,” explained Vroegh. “Don’t use any product with loose, missing or broken parts and be sure to check that it has not been recalled and meets current safety standards.”

Car seats, cribs, mattresses and lactation equipment should not be borrowed or bought second hand. It is impossible to know the gear’s history and some products just should not be re-used for sanitary reasons.