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    Being a first time parent is exciting but can be overwhelming. We are here to help!  What should you expect during your pregnancy? What’s it like to be in labor? How often should you feed your newborn? How often should you bathe the baby? We have the answers and are here to help you all along the way!

    Saddleback Memorial offers numerous classes to educate you on various parenting topics. These classes will help answer your questions; plus, you will be able to bond with others who are on the same journey as you!

    Here is a list of just a few of our upcoming classes:

    ·      New Baby Care

    ·      Boot Camp for New Dads

    ·      Childbirth Refresher

    We hope you will join us! To find more classes and events about childbirth and parenting click here! 

    Bonding Room Feature Highlights from Fertility Authority

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    Saddleback Memorial supports helping people become parents in many ways. Surrogacy continues to be a viable option for many families. Earlier this year, Dr. Jane Frederick, leading Reproductive Endocrinologist in Orange County, generously donated the new Jane L. Frederick, M.D. Bonding Room at Saddleback Memorial. The Bonding Room was recently featured in Fertility Authority’s blog. 

    The Bonding Room provides parents who have given birth through a surrogate mother a place to stay overnight and bond with their new baby. Parents really need a special place that is theirs and The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial has created a beautiful area that is truly unique.

    “I wanted to erase the stigma and awkwardness that can happen for intended parents after the delivery. I wanted to make sure that this moment--this most important moment--would be the most wonderful time of their lives,” says Frederick.

    You can read more about this special room on Fertility Authority’s blog! 


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    Babies are one of the happiest miracles in life, and when it comes to something as important as you and your child’s health, planning ahead is always best.

    For many couples, getting ready for a new arrival often begins once they confirm they are expecting.  But, by the time couples learn they are expecting, they may have missed a critical window of opportunity to ensure a healthy start.

    There is evidence that many preconception interventions can reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as birth defects, miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm delivery. Learning what preconception planning is, why you should do it, and when to start planning is pertinent to your family’s future!

    We invite you to join us at a free preconception planning class on Saturday, June 29th to learn about topics including:

    ·      Reproductive planning

    ·      Fears about pregnancy

    ·      Medications

    ·      Mental health and stress

    ·      Your partner’s role

    These are just a few of the topics we will explore throughout the event. To learn more, visit Be sure to register here because what you do before pregnancy is just as important as what you do during pregnancy! 


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    Did you know that stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability?  To celebrate National Stroke Awareness Month, we hosted a stroke awareness and prevention health fair on May 29. We had an informative day with many knowledgeable physicians, nurses, dieticians and rehabilitation specialists. The event included give-aways, refreshments, and numerous activities from cooking demonstrations to stroke risk assessments.

    We also had great guest speakers :

    ·      Kenneth Lynn, MD: “Life After Stroke”

    ·      Shuichi Suzuki, MD, PhD: “2013 What’s New in Neuroendovascular Treatment”

    ·      Johnny Delashaw, MD: “Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment”

    ·      Lauri Young: Stroke Survivor

    Thank you to all who attended. Remember to educate yourself because stroke can be largely preventable! 


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    Alan Israel, M.D., from MemorialCare Medical Group sat down with Laguna Woods’ TV6 to talk about cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and the importance of setting goals for your health with your physician.

    Watch Dr. Israel’s interview here:

    Sadly, millions of people are living with high blood pressure, and some don’t know it! Dr. Israel deems blood pressure as the “silent killer” because it’s something many are living with, without knowing it. When asked how often one should come in for blood pressure checkups, Dr. Israel states “that it depends on how well your blood pressure is controlled. It all depends on age, health, and family history. The good news is that it can be treated with physical activity, proper diet, and sometimes medicine!” He also advises that alcohol and tobacco are often part of the problem and quitting is well worth the aggravation.

    On the topic of cholesterol, Dr. Israel says that cholesterol numbers vary depending on the individual. Since there is no specific number to aim for, Dr. Israel recommends sitting down with your doctor to discuss your cholesterol, your needs and goals, and what you can do to maintain a healthy number.

    Weight is yet another number to constantly monitor and aim to control. Compared to cholesterol and blood pressure, weight is an easier number to measure using the body mass index (BMI).  BMI is a chart that suggests how much you should weigh for your height and age. Unhealthy weight can often be remedied through proper diet and exercise.

    To wrap up, here are a few healthy tips from Dr. Israel: 

    ·      Go to seminars to educate yourself! 

    ·      See your physician to discuss your goals and the healthiest ways to achieve them!

    ·      Physical activity is important! It can be as simple as going for a walk, cleaning your home or going dancing. Anything that gets you to MOVE!

    Tags: Women’s Hospital Orange County, Orange County women’s health, orange county, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Alan Israel, M.D., MemorialCare Medical Group

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