BabyCam Now on All 44 NICU Children’s Hospital Beds; Technology Allows Parents to See Their Infants 24/7

Now every newborn in Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has the opportunity to become something of a media star. That’s because as of this week, every crib in the NICU is equipped with BabyCam, a web camera service that allows families and friends to see a hospitalized infant through an ongoing live video stream accessed via a secure website.

As long as you have been provided the proper BabyCam ID and password by the parents, you can see the baby on your computer or cellphone any time you’d like as long as the infant is in the NICU. Any number of viewers can access a BabyCam at one time.

“There are now cameras located at all 44 bed positions,” says Sharon Kromer, BSN, RN, clinical coordinator, telehealth services at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). “We’re in the process of enrolling all families who request the service.” Read More »

LVHN Fitness Offers Free One-Week Member Passes

Joining a gym helps you commit to getting fit and improving your health. LVHN Fitness is a full-service gym offering group classes, use of cardio and strength-training equipment, personal training, massage services and more.

Now is a great time to check it out, because you can walk in without an appointment to get a tour, a blood pressure screening, and a free, one-week member pass at our Allentown and Bethlehem locations.

LVHN Fitness at 1243 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown is conveniently located near Interstate 78, across the street from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

LVHN Fitness at 1770 Bathgate Road in Bethlehem is just off Route 22 and Schoenersville Road. Read More »

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Workshop Prepares New Grandparents for Raising Today’s Children

grandparent feeding babyIf you’re about to become a grandparent, congratulations! You may be ready to spoil the new bundle of joy in your family, but are you ready to care for a child again?

Raising children has changed since you had your children. There are new rules and products for sleeping, feeding, car seats and more. The world is different, and so is parenting.

Prepare yourself for being a grandparent in 2014 with our two-hour workshop. We’ll talk about what you need to do to prepare, offers tips on communication and more.

New parents and grandparents are welcome to attend our two-hour session 6:30-8:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 20. The cost is $17.50 per person.

Call 610-402-CARE for more information and to register.

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Fresh Eats in Our Hospital Cafés

Sodexho chefLocally grown fruits and vegetables are packed with nutritional value. That’s why they’re used as much as possible in Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) cafés.

“When in season, local produce is ordered on Monday, picked Tuesday and used Wednesday,” says John Soder, executive chef with Sodexo, the company that provides food services for LVHN. Produce picked at its peak of freshness has more nutritional value than produce that is harvested early, artificially ripened and shipped across the country.

“Local produce also tastes better because it’s so fresh,” Soder says, “and buying it helps local farmers.”

Look for the “Grow LV” logo to find locally grown food in LVHN cafés.

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Is Your Sixth- or Seventh-Grader Stressed Out? Center for Mindfulness Offers Programs for Young Teens

teens meditateThe Center for Mindfulness is offering a new program designed to teach sixth- and seventh-graders stress management skills.

“Chill Out: Learning to Breathe” is designed to help these young teenagers get in touch with their inner calm. The six-class curriculum demonstrates practices aimed at strengthening attention and supporting academic performance by cultivating self-awareness and emotion regulation.

With a focus on teens, this program opens a conversation around the stressors unique to adolescents. The “Learning to Breathe” program, developed by Patricia Broderick, PhD, helps teens to learn to develop and strengthen stress management skills. The program covers six themes that make up the acronym; BREATHE – B (body), R (reflections/thoughts), E (emotions), A (attention), T (tenderness) and, H (habits for a healthy mind). The overall program goal is represented by E (3mpowerment), which provides teens with the experience to gain an inner edge. Research findings based on the effectiveness of the Learning to Breathe program provide promising evidence on the development of social emotional learning skills. Read More »

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