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A not so distant past

In a not so distant former life of mine I used to do graphic design work. Mostly posters, print ads, logos and such. It was something I enjoyed as a creative outlet. My last completed project was sent right before the babies arrived about six months ago. I haven't done anything since. I was recently

Learn a little bit about Jaundice

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS When I was born, I had it. Both of my kids had it. If you have kids, there is a chance they had it when they were born. In fact, about 60% of all babies have jaundice. During pregnancy, the mother’s liver removes bilirubin for the baby, but after birth

Meet Your Nurse: Amy Thompson, RN – Birthing Center

Quick facts: I have an amazing husband named Jason and we have been together for 15 years. We have 2 daughters, Alexis is 12 and Hannah is 5. We love to travel, go camping and spend time with family. I recently was a patient myself, I had a tumor in my spine, I was able

Does It Ever Get Easier?

This past week has been one of the most challenging weeks for me with our babies. I see what they mean when they say it doesn't necessarily get easier. New challenges are always to be had. I guess this week boiled down to lots of transitions and growing for our little ones. We made a

Twin Fashion

You might have noticed by now I like to coordinate and match Karson and Lucy's clothes. With twins, some might expect it but others might think I'm downright crazy (which at this point considering my lack of sleep could be entirely possible!). I'm really not sure why it gives me so much satisfaction but it's

Curse You Seasonal Allergies!

Growing up, I never experienced any kind of allergies. I didn't know what Benadryl was. Hives - what are those? Runny nose - well, only when I had a cold. That all changed just after I turned 30. It was early spring 2009 and I wasn't sick, but I began experiencing many symptoms: runny nose,

Meet Your Nurse: Matthew Getsinger, RN – Critical Care / Cath Lab

Quick facts - I'm the luckiest person in the world and I have proof: My wife is amazing looking and has, possibly, the most spectacular personality and interests. We live on a 25-acre farm and raise grass fed lamb and dairy goats which we use to make ice cream. This picture is of me and

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of this celebrated "green" day, we wanted to share some green superfood ideas from our Nutritionist...here are a few ideas from Carly Dunn, MBA, RDN The color green and St. Patty’s Day go hand in hand. When preparing your lunch or dinner, try one of these 5 green super foods! 1.) Avocado- Theses

The Importance of Brain Research

Recently I cared for a patient who suffered from late stage Alzheimer's disease and I spent a lot of time talking with his spouse about the devastating effects of the disease. She watched her father suffer from the same illness and was now watching it slowly kill her husband. We talked about the importance of

Babies 5 Month Check Up

Although in my mind, our babies are still three months old, the calendar says it's been a little longer than that. They were born in the Fall and now it's almost Spring. They are five months and growing so fast! If I could look into their little brains, I'd see all the networks of firing

March WVMC Nutrition Note from your WVMC Dietician

You have probably been hearing a lot about protein lately. It has definitely been trending, with high-protein options suddenly becoming available in all sorts of products from oatmeal to pasta. So you’re probably wondering, “Is protein really all that important”? The answer is yes, and here is why. Protein is an essential nutrient for our

Meet Your Nurse: Stacy Wilkerson, RN – Birthing Center

Quick facts: I have a two year old son who I absolutely adore. He brings so much joy, love and laughter to our home. I love to go camping, boating, and be around my family's miniature horses. Why WVMC? I fell in love with WVMC as a nursing student. There is such a family type

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Breast Feeding in Public

I talk a lot about breastfeeding because it's something I spend a lot of my day doing. It's the sole sustenance for our growing babies. It's the way I feed them, but it's also a lot more. Breastfeeding provides comfort and warmth, it can soothe their pains, and also provide the skin contact that our

National Colorectal Cancer Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer month. Colorectal Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. The good news? If everyone age 50

7 Tips to Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

National Sleep Awareness Week, March 1st-8th, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The week ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep. The benefits of getting good quality sleep include better overall health, better sex life, less pain, lower

JRIO Joins AJRR

Registry Affiliation Helps Willamette Valley Medical Center- Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon Ensure Best Possible Patient Experience In its continuing mission to provide the best patient care possible, WVMC- Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon announced recently that it has become a participant of the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR). “Joining the AJRR will help ensure