Why a full-term pregnancy is better

Posted on March 29, 2017

You’ve made it to eight or nine months. You’re probably a bit uncomfortable. It’s hard to bend, your back aches, and your ankles are huge. You want that baby out of there. But keep in mind, carrying your baby to full term is the best thing for both of you. Though a full-term pregnancy used … »


Making sense of prematurity in the South

Posted on June 16, 2016

Would it surprise you to learn that the United States’ rate of premature birth is higher than that of most high-income countries? One in 10 American babies are born too soon, accounting for about 380,000 births each year. According to the March of Dimes, a premature birth is one that occurs before 37 weeks gestation. … »


Regular prenatal care helps you have a healthy pregnancy

Posted on November 2, 2015

Seeing a doctor early and often is one of the best ways to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. In fact, women who get prenatal care have healthier babies and are less likely to deliver prematurely or have other serious pregnancy problems than those who don’t. So, as soon as you think you might be pregnant, … »


Take the right medicines during pregnancy

Posted on October 8, 2015

If you’re planning to start a family, you can help your chances of having a healthy baby by planning ahead and making the right choices about the medications you take. To make sure you’re getting enough of the important nutrients you need, including protein, iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin D, your health care provider may … »


What to do about morning sickness

Posted on September 21, 2015

Nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy is usually called “morning sickness,” even though you may feel sick at any time of the day or night. Most women experience morning sickness during the first three to four months of pregnancy, and most cases are mild — causing no harm. This results in many women not gaining … »


Erlanger specialists stress the importance of infant safe sleep to prevent sudden infant death syndrome

Posted on September 17, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn. – As outside temperatures begin to fall and families bring out the blankets to stay warm at night, medical specialists and educational coordinators at Erlanger would like to take a moment to remind parents about the importance of safe sleep for infants. According to the Tennessee Department of Health, 543 babies died in … »


Beat the baby blues

Posted on September 8, 2015

The first few months of motherhood often seem overwhelming, especially for first-time moms. The wonderful journey of parenthood can begin with a powerful changing tide of hormones — a period of feeling blue — after the baby is born. About 70 to 80 percent of new mothers experience a mild mood disorder, commonly known as … »


Understanding gestational diabetes

Posted on June 22, 2015

What is it? Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that develops in some women during pregnancy (gestation). Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how cells absorb sugar, causing your blood sugar to increase — putting you and your baby’s health at risk. How does it develop? While there is still some … »


10 tips for making the breastfeeding process better for you and your baby

Posted on May 13, 2015

Establishing a good breastfeeding relationship is one of the most important things you will do for your newborn baby. Besides the many health benefits to both mom and baby, breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby and is certainly a rewarding experience for many mothers. Keep in mind, breastfeeding is different for every … »


Out of 109 hospitals in Tennessee, only one is Baby-Friendly. Which one?

Posted on March 26, 2015

When it comes to delivering babies, the greater Chattanooga region expects leadership from the Erlanger Health System.  After all, more than 80% of the region’s babies are born at an Erlanger hospital each year.  But now, thanks to an elite new designation, Erlanger childbirth services are also being recognized on a national, and even international, … »


Erlanger Health System’s Baroness Campus Receives Prestigious International “Baby-Friendly” Designation

Posted on December 4, 2014

Erlanger Health System’s Baroness Campus is the first hospital in the state of Tennessee and one of only a few hospitals in the Southeast to receive prestigious international recognition as a “Baby-Friendly” designated birth facility.


Tennessee Hospital Association Recognizes Erlanger’s Labor & Delivery Teams

Posted on April 1, 2014

Erlanger’s Women’s Services has been recognized by the Tennessee Hospital Association’s (THA) Tennessee Center for Patient Safety for its leadership in reducing the number of babies born electively between 37 and 39 weeks.


Erlanger and Children’s Hospital Partner with the Tennessee Department of Health to Reduce Infant Deaths

Posted on February 19, 2014

Chattanooga, Tennessee — As part of an effort to save lives and lower Tennessee’s infant mortality rate, Erlanger Health System and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Health in the effort to reduce infant mortality by creating a hospital safe sleep policy.


Erlanger’s newborns send messages to moms during Heart Month

Posted on February 7, 2014

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Thanks to the handy craft work of two Erlanger Health System cardiac rehabilitation nurses and the dedicated time of a cardiac survivor, babies at Erlanger East and Erlanger Baroness Campuses were able to send an important message to their mothers today.    


Erlanger East and Baroness Campuses recognized for IBCLC Care Award

Posted on August 30, 2013

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Erlanger East and Baroness Campuses for excellence in lactation care.


Erlanger offers a variety of educational classes and support groups January 21 – 24

Posted on January 15, 2013

The Erlanger schedule of classes and events for January 21-24 includes childbirth education, weight management  information and diabetes education. Registration is required.