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Reaching out — Infant health in West Virginia

By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter Aug 18, 2017 (Original Story) Dr. Coy Flowers, an OB/GYN based in Lewisburg, offers services at three satellite offices including Summers ARH in Hinton. (Chris Jackson/The Register-Herald) Dr. Coy Flowers, an OB/GYN based in Lewisburg, travels weekly to offer obstetric services in Hinton, Rainelle and Low Moor, Va. The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership’s Maternity Care ... Read More

(RFP) Drug Free Moms and Babies Project Expansion

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) The West Virginia Perinatal Partnership is requesting proposals to fund comprehensive, integrated programs for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders (SUD). The goal of the Drug Free Moms and Babies (DFMB) Project Expansion is to develop, evaluate, document, and replicate programs that support healthy baby outcomes by providing prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery ... Read More

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

Photographs of Lauren and Larry in the Bloomsteins' home in New Jersey. Bryan Anselm for ProPublica Nina Martin, ProPublica May 12, 2017·5:00 AM ET  | Heard on Morning Edition As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people's babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of ... Read More

Amid opioid crisis, drug firm cites WV infant rehab clinic for possible fault

Lily’s Place is a Huntington-based treatment center for helping drug-addicted babies get through withdrawal Eric Eyre, Staff Writer August 9, 2017 - Charleston Gazette-Mail (See original story) Pic (Lily’s Place is a Huntington-based treatment center for helping drug-addicted babies get through withdrawal.) In a bid to dilute responsibility for West Virginia’s opioid epidemic, one of the nation’s largest drug distributors ... Read More

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

Article from Reuter News – Written by Jilian Mincer Bay Minette, Alabama (Reuters) – Dr. Nicole Arthur, a family practice physician, was trained to avoid Cesarean deliveries in child-birth, unless medically necessary, because surgery increases risks and recovery time. But she has adjusted her approach since arriving last year at the 70-bed North Baldwin Infirmary in rural, southern Alabama. Low … Read More

West Virginia Court: Drugs in Newborn’s System Shows Abuse

By Rachel Ayers Jun 09, 2017 CHARLESTON– West Virginia’s highest court has ruled that evidence of illicit drugs in a newborn’s umbilical cord is sufficient to bring a child abuse proceeding against the mother and the father who knew about her drug use. West Virginia’s highest court has ruled that evidence of illicit drugs in a newborn’s umbilical cord is … Read More

Welch Community Hospital No Longer Has a Baby Delivery Department

Jun 4, 2017 By CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph WELCH — McDowell County mothers-to-be will now have to go out of county to have their babies delivered. After decades of offering the service, Welch Community Hospital no longer has a delivery department. The hospital’s long-time obstetrics physician, Dr. Julito Sultan, retired, prompting the change, said Allison Addler, with the West … Read More

Access to care remains large challenge for expectant mothers in rural areas

by Brooke Thibodaux | Thursday, February 9th, 2017 | Click for Original Story Webster Springs, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Access to maternity care is shrinking for women in many rural counties. In Webster County, Sabrina Mcie lives off a windy gravel road. Mcie is 35 weeks along and she can’t wait to welcome her little girl, Naveah, into the world next … Read More