social media Facebook Youtube Twitter Foursquare Flickr Subcribe to our newsletter:

World Breastfeeding Week, August 1st – 7th
07.29.2011 [New Moms & Dads]

Most women have heard that breastfeeding gives babies a healthy start in life.  Did you know that breastfeeding provides nutritional and health advantages that include reduced risk of ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, obesity, diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)?  It has also been shown to be vital for women’s health by lowering the mother’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and diabetes.

Nearly all medical and professional organizations worldwide emphasize the importance of breastfeeding and the role of support for new mothers.  Research has made it clear that breastfeeding is vital for infant growth and development, and has a profound impact on both infant and maternal health.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, positive breastfeeding support from physicians, nurses, and other health professionals has been shown to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.  Over 90% of the Mother Baby Unit nursing staff at SMHCS have advanced certification training in breastfeeding.  This advanced certification adds a dimension to the bedside nursing role that encompasses the nurse as a breastfeeding counselor and an educator in lactation management.  The training speaks to the staff commitment to providing the very best care for patients.

In addition, all women who deliver their babies at SMHCS are offered a complimentary home visit through the Nurses for New Moms Program.  These nurses, while providing care for the mother and baby, also have advanced certification training in lactation and therefore can provide that added support for mom at home.

SMHCS works hard to support best practices in infant feeding and nutrition, which not only assists mothers in reaching their chosen breastfeeding goals, but through support of breastfeeding, works to improve nutritional and health outcomes for both mom and baby.

A Different View
07.29.2011 | Campus Improvements

Pictured left is the east side of the Courtyard Tower and to the left is the section housing the new “J” elevator bank, which will help connect the nine-story patient care facility to existing hospital buildings. The tower is scheduled to be complete in 2013.

Meet the bloggers
07.22.2011 | New Moms & Dads

Come meet your friendly SMH bloggers at the Infant to Kindergarten Family Fair on August 6th, 2011, 10 am – 2pm at Westfield Sarasota Square Located at US 41 & Beneva Road. Entrance between JCPenney & Yoder’s Marketplace.

“Sara” to Help Guide Visitors
07.21.2011 | Campus Improvements

A new member of the Sarasota Memorial family will help guide patients and visitors around the hospital. “Sara” is the name of our virtual greeter, the digital face and voice on two new information kiosks that will allow visitors to view and print facility directions, physician directories, details about guest services and schedules of SMH […]

New Courtyard Tower Time-Lapse
07.15.2011 | Campus Improvements
SRQ Child’Space
07.14.2011 | New Moms & Dads

Here’s a great class offered in our community!! SRQ Child’Space.  Child’Space teaches parents how to touch, move & play with their babies for healthy development in the first year of life.  Classes also available in Spanish.  First class is FREE! For more information call (941) 362-0944 or check out the website:

Tower Getting New Face
07.06.2011 | Campus Improvements

Installation of precast panels on the south side of the new Courtyard Tower is complete.  Today, installation began on the north or “front” side of the 9-story patient tower, as shown in the series of photos above.

Nurses for New Moms Program
07.06.2011 | New Moms & Dads

The birth of your child is very exciting and can also be somewhat overwhelming for both first-time moms and experienced moms. To make the transition easier from hospital to home, Sarasota Memorial offers this program, totally FREE, to all mothers who deliver their newborns at SMH. A registered nurse, who is also an IBCLC (International […]