The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.
Moms with babies up to two years old are welcome to join us each week for this very informal session. You’ll meet with other new moms and a registered nurse to discuss infant development, health and social issues, breastfeeding and other important topics. Siblings and toddlers are welcome!
This class is included in the child preparation series but if you would just like a course on breastfeeding this is the one for you. This class helps you get off to a confident start with your baby, with information about the great benefits of breastfeeding, community resources for support, how breastfeeding works’ for mothers and baby, and what to do if you face challenges.
Recently a patient of mine asked me to take a look at his fingernails and had some questions about them. His fingernails were very dry, brittle, and cracked, which is often linked to thyroid disease. Indeed, as he was actually hospitalized for a thyroid issue, but he wanted to know if the condition of his fingernails meant anything.
Also, my wife often talks to me about her fingernails, as she pays very close attention to any changes she may notice. She’s had family members suffer from diseases that the first clues to diagnosis were changes in their fingernails, so she is extra meticulous about regularly examining hers.
The truth is though; your fingernails can help paint a picture of your overall health and give you valuable information that you need to pay attention to. But first, a quick science lesson on what your fingernails are made of.
Living skin cells in your fingers produce fingernails. They consist of several parts including the nail plate (the visible part of the nail), the nail bed (the skin beneath the nail plate), the cuticle (the tissue that overlaps the plate and rims the base of the nail), the nail folds (the skin folds that frame and support the nail on three sides), the lunula (the whitish half-moon at the base of the nail) and the matrix (the hidden part of the nail unit under the cuticle).
Fingernails grow from the matrix. The nails are composed largely of keratin, a hardened protein (that is also in skin and hair). As new cells grow in the matrix, the older cells are pushed out, compacted and take on the familiar flattened, hardened form of the fingernail (Medicinenet, 2017).
Normal healthy nails are strong, smooth, uniform, and colorless. Changes in their shape, color, density, and overall condition usually indicate something is going on that you need to address.
The first thing to watch for is changes in the shape and texture. Clubbing, Spooning, Dipping, and Rippling can all be red flags and cause for concern.
Clubbing is often the result of low blood oxygen levels and typically caused by various types of lung disease. It’s also associated with liver disease, cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease and AIDS. Clubbed nails curve outward and bubble up.
When nails are spoon shaped, that is, they looked scooped out, this typically indicates iron deficiency anemia or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, when your body absorbs too much iron from your food. This can also be associated with hypothyroidism and heart disease.
Pitting fingernails, or nails with icepick-like depressions are common with people who suffer from psoriasis, a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. And Rippling fingernails may also be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.
The second thing to pay attention to is the overall color and tone of your fingernails.
Yellow usually means fungus. If you’re nails appear yellow, you may need to be treated with antifungal medication. In some cases, yellow fingernails are a sign of respiratory disease, such as chronic bronchitis.
Blue nails frequently mean you need oxygen and also may indicate that you have some type of respiratory disease going on.
White nails often indicate 1 of 2 things. The first is that you are aging (it’s common in older adults) and the 2nd may mean problems with your liver.
As you can see, your nails can tell you a lot about your overall health condition. And I only mentioned a few of the most common fingernail problems; there are many more changes that can signal you something is wrong such as Beau’s lines, onycholysis, dark lines, white spots, splinter hemorrhages and more.
Pay attention to your fingernails and if they don’t like right to you, have a medical professional check them out.
I just returned home from a trip with my family to the Bay Area. My wife and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary and we got to meet our 3-week-old niece for the first time.
For 3 days, we spent the majority of our time with her and it was wonderful. I would hold her in my arms and get lost in feelings of love, amazement, and joy. It was like time would just stand still. I felt so lucky to be with her and share my love with this beautiful new life.
Spending so much time with her reminded me how precious and delicate new life is. There she was, all of 7 or 8 pounds, completely reliant on her mom and family to take care of her. My sister shared with me how busy the last few weeks have been for her and my brother in law, and reminded me how much focus and attention a newborn requires.
Right now, my niece is only sleeping a few hours at a time, feeding like crazy, and happy to give the family dirty diaper presents. My sister and brother-in-law are a great team and they take turns looking after her. Even my 9-year-old niece and 6-year-old nephew get it on the fun and look after her and share their love with her as well.
But you know what… My sister and brother-in-law wouldn’t trade it for anything and they are so thankful for each and every moment that they get to be with their new daughter. When it comes down to it, we are all so lucky for each and every moment that we get to spend with the people we love.
My kiddos are 11 and 7, so it’s been awhile since they arrived, and I’d forgotten just how amazing new life is, especially when it’s your family. Before I even met her in person, I was already so in love with my new niece, and my heart just melted the moment my sister placed her in my arms. I loved every moment I got to spend with her.
Here at WVMC, we celebrate and welcome new life, each and every day in our birthing center. We have amazing nurses, midwives, and physicians who are dedicated to bringing new life into this world and giving our community members a safe place to go through their journey.
I want to thank all of the birthing center nurses, midwives, and physicians around the world who are committed to bringing new life into this world. And thank you for helping my sister deliver her daughter safely into this world, and giving me the chance to be an uncle once again.
I also want to tell my sister that I love you and I’m so happy for you. You are amazing and your children are so lucky to have such a beautiful, dedicated, loving mom.