August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
According to the CDC, breastfeeding has health benefits for babies and mothers. Breast milk provides the baby with ideal nutrition and promotes growth and development. Here are five big benefits of breastfeeding:
1. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies: As the baby grows, a mother’s breast milk changes to meet her baby’s nutritional needs.
2. Breastfeeding can help protect babies against certain diseases in the short and long term: breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type I diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They are also less likely to get ear infections and stomach bugs.
3. Breast milk shares the mother’s antibodies with her baby.
4. Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
5. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes and high blood pressure.
Want to know more about breastfeeding your baby? Our hospital has a lactation consultant on hand to help you, and we offer a FREE virtual breastfeeding class every month. Call 903.439.4091 for more information or to register for a class.
The FREE Sports Injury Saturday Clinic for student-athletes of all ages is back this month! Beginning August 20, the Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., August 20 through November 12. Hopkins County student-athletes in grades 7 through college will be able to get a free exam and x-ray to determine a care plan to treat their injury. The clinic will be held at our CHRISTUS Trinity Orthopedic Clinic, Medical Building 5, 103B Medical Circle in Sulfur Springs. For more information about our sports medicine program or our orthopedic services, please call 903.885.6688.
CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Obstetrics now includes a Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic here in Sulfur Springs. OBGYN physician Dr. Martin Fielder says, “Having high-risk maternity care here in Sulfur Springs means our highest-risk pregnant patients won’t have to leave the county to receive specialty care. Leveraging our extensive experience in telemedicine, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic can now offer access to Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists in Tyler, TX to our patients in the Sulfur Springs service area. They will use the latest 3D/4D ultrasound technology generously donated by our Hopkins County Health Care Foundation to assess and care for our high-risk mothers. High-risk pregnancies include conditions such as those involving a mother with a complicated disease process such as diabetes, heart disease, or who has experienced recurrent pregnancy loss. There are those involving an unborn baby or babies with a difficult diagnosis such as congenital heart disease or a genetic condition, or those where both mother and baby are affected by complex conditions. Our supplier team includes Darryl Doughtie, MD; Martin Fielder, MD; and certified nurse midwife Deb Logan. To make an appointment, please call 903.439.4917.
COVID Vaccination Clinic Dates:
Net Health continues to offer adult and pediatric vaccines and boosters every three weeks at the clinic at 100 Medical Circle in Sulfur Springs. The clinic will take place on the following dates: August 22-26, September 19-23 and October 17-21. You can show up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. No appointment is necessary.
Number of beds
Number of beds – 402 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler
Number of beds – 8 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – South Tyler
Number of beds – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville
Number of Beds – 96 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulfur Springs
Number of beds – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro
Number of beds – 94 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital
Number of beds – 96 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart – Tyler
Number of Beds – 51 – Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital
Contributed by Jennifer Heitman