• What Are the Benefits of Taking a Childbirth Class?

    Parenting is a full time job, especially in the first few months of your child’s life. Therefore, some training may be needed to help you get used to the responsibilities of parenting before your baby arrives. Childbirth classes are an excellent way to gain some parenting experience before you actually become a parent and learn about the process of labor and delivery as your due date approaches. Below is a look at some of the specific reasons these classes are worth the investment of your time.

    African American Father Holding and Feeding Newborn Infant Baby

    Perspective for your birth plan

    During your childbirth class, you will learn about different labor techniques and delivery procedures that you might incorporate into your birth plan . In the past, labor and delivery was a standardized process that did not vary for new mothers. However, now you are able to design an experience that suits the preferences of your family so that your child is given a great start from the first moments of life.

    Tips for newborn care

    Your class will cover the essential dos and don’ts of newborn care including tips on feeding, clothing, and bathing your new baby. Plus, you will have the opportunity to get your questions about newborn health answered so you can feel confident and knowledgeable as a new parent.

    Late pregnancy nutritional guidance

    Ideally, you should take a childbirth class during your second trimester. Taking a class at this time will give you plenty of time to prepare for the physical changes that will occur in your body during the third trimester. You will get tips on coping with these changes and recognizing the signs of labor so you know when it is finally time to meet your baby.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers childbirth classes throughout each month along with breastfeeding classes and other educational events that can guide you through the thrilling journey of becoming a parent. Sign up for one of these classes and start planning your delivery with us by calling our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line at (702) 731-5437 or visiting our website.

  • Maintaining Proper Nutrition for the Whole Family This Holiday Season

    With big holiday meals approaching in a season that is known for sweet treats and other high-calorie indulgences, it can be easy to let nutrition slip in your household this time of year. However, a few simple steps accompanied by smart planning can help you avoid traditional holiday weight gain and teach your children to take on the holidays the healthy way. Here are some healthy holiday guidelines to get you started.

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    Restyle holiday recipes

    When you are preparing for the larger meals of your holiday celebrations, you can cut calories from classically heavy dishes so everyone can dine responsibly. Use low-fat milk, olive oil, and chicken broth to flavor foods instead of fattier choices like heavy cream and butter. Try cutting the salt in your meals while exploring more herbs to add vibrant flavors to your favorite foods. You can also reduce the guilt of your holiday meals by using smaller serving plates and utensils, which help to control serving sizes.

    Rethink stocking stuffers

    Candy and cookies are popular stocking stuffers, but they can give your child a lot of unneeded sugar. Try using some non-food stocking stuffers like toys, art supplies, or games to keep your child entertained without the temptation to fill up on holiday treats.

    Take time for exercise

    Staying active is important all year round, so you should encourage healthy physical activity in your family throughout the holiday season. You can keep your exercise festive by taking evening walks to see the neighborhood Christmas lights, dancing to your favorite holiday tunes, or making a game of decorating the house for the season.

    Find more tips to keep the whole family healthy this holiday season by visiting Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas. With our H2U program, you can get guidance for healthy living year round and stay connected to the whole family’s healthcare needs. Learn more by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 731-5437.

  • Sunrise Hospital and NNI Receive Highest Level Recognition from the American Stroke Association

    GWTG Gold Plus LR 2012

    Sunrise Hospital and the Nevada Neurosciences Institute (NNI) have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award, which is the highest level of recognition from the American Stroke Association, acknowledges Sunrise Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

    This is the fourth consecutive year that Sunrise and NNI have been recognized at the Gold Plus level. To receive the award, Sunrise Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. Thank you to everyone involved in our stroke program for providing the highest level of care for patients.