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Little Hats, Big Hearts

Each baby born in February at Hancock Medical receives a red hat as part of the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” awareness campaign to bring awareness to heart disease and congenital heart defects. Hancock Medical supports the American Heart Association in its commitment to helping every baby gain or maintain ideal cardiovascular health.

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The Gentle Cesarean

When Dr. Noel Duplantier discussed the option of a “gentle cesarean” with expecting mother Sonia Valentine, she was excited to try it to enhance the bonding experience with her newborn.

“My son, Amir, was immediately placed on my chest and I was able to begin the skin to skin bonding process immediately,” Valentine said. “I got to hear his first breath, his first cry and I didn’t have to wait to meet him.”

With the birth of her first son, Valentine had a traditional cesarean with general anesthesia. Her child was immediately handed to the pediatrician and whisked away after delivery, delaying her first interaction with her newborn son by an hour or more.

Valentine said the gentle cesarean experience was a beautiful one and that she was very thankful for the immediate bonding with her newborn. “I felt so close to my son in those first minutes of his life,” she said. “Everything was perfect.”

Dr. Duplantier and Hancock Medical Center OB nurses say the gentle cesarean puts the love back into the cesarean delivery. It is a family centered approach to the most common surgical procedure in America. Hancock Medical Center is now offering some changes to help make this surgical procedure seem more like a birth. These changes include the EKG leads being placed on the mother’s back instead of her chest, all monitors are placed on one arm so the other arm is free to hold the infant, and the partner is encouraged to remain with the mother and baby to promote family bonding. These changes help to allow the mother to be as involved, emotionally and physically, as she wants to be.  The gentle cesarean allows for skin to skin contact to be initiated much earlier than traditional cesarean deliveries. Skin to skin contact is common practice at Hancock Medical Center, regardless of the type of birth.

Skin to skin contact involves the baby being placed directly on the mother’s chest after delivery, skin to skin, and covered with warm blankets. Skin to skin contact is an important part of the “magical hour.”

Dr. Duplantier explains that the first hour after birth is an important one for both mother and child.

“The baby goes through nine instinctive stages in that first hour after birth,” she said. “We encourage mothers, regardless of the type of delivery, to fully experience that special time together.”

Skin to skin contact helps infants transition to newborn life with greater respiratory, temperature, and glucose stabilization; as well as decreasing the stress level of the newborn and increasing the success of breastfeeding.

For Valentine, it all added up to a great birthing experience.

“It was a wonderful,” she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”



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Mammography at HMC


Congratulations to the Hancock Medical Mammography Department which received high praise during its annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Facility Inspection performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The inspection ensures that the hospital program is accredited by an approved accreditation body and certified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Samantha Kelton is the mammographer at Hancock Medical and the Mammography Program is part of the hospital’s Imaging Department. With your physician’s order, schedule your next mammogram with us.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but any month is a good month to schedule your annual mammogram at Hancock Medical. The digital mammography system at Hancock Medical is a powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer.

Consult your physician and make a digital mammogram at Hancock Medical part of your annual check-up.

Your mammogram with a physician’s order can be scheduled by calling 228-467-5483.

Mammography Assistance

The Hancock Medical Center Foundation’s Mammography Assistance Program provides screening and diagnostic mammography tests for women who live in Hancock County and who are uninsured and do not qualify for public assistance. An annual fundraiser, Pride With A Purpose, targets this service which has touched the lives of hundreds of local women. For more information, contact Tom Carlton at the Hancock Medical Center Foundation, (228) 467-8790.

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Get Your Flu Shot

Flu shots are available at all Hancock Medical clinics in Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, and the Port Bienville Industrial Park. Seasonal flu vaccines protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year.

As recommended by The Center for Disease Control (CDC), getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, and missed work and school. It also can prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Only injectable flu shots are recommended by CDC for use this flu season.

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The 20th Annual Moonlight on the Bay

Thanks to all for joining us on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Hollywood Casino, to honor Charley E. “Dusty” Rhodes, at the 20th Annual Moonlight on the Bay. It was a festive night. Thanks to everyone for supporting.

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