Birthday Kits Celebrate Moms and Moms-to-Be!


Hawthorne109, a boutique featuring fashion and gifts from local Kansas City businesses, is celebrating its one-year anniversary in the City Market in April.

That’s reason enough for the shop’s owners to extend the party to Swope Health Services in a unique and festive way:  birthday celebration kits.

The kits, each featuring a cake mix, frosting, candles and decorative items, will be given to moms and moms-to-be in our OB/GYN department while supplies last.

The giveaways will occur throughout April and May, said Bobby Mickens, SHS Director of Nursing.

“These kits are a fun way to show our new moms and moms-to-be just how much we—and the community—care about them and their babies,” said Bobby.

“The timing is perfect, too, as we’ve recently renovated the Women’s Health Clinic and hope to welcome more moms into the SHS family.”

Hawthorne109 is enlisting support from the entire City Market community from now to April 30. The shop will host a special “Cake Day” April 21 offering customers complimentary cupcakes from Bloom Baking Co., 15 E. Third St., Kansas City, MO, to encourage support for birthday kits.

Visit Hawthorne109 at 400 S. Grand Boulevard to learn more about this drive and shop the fashion and gift items from local Kansas City businesses.

Our talented OB/GYN team is ready to care for you. Look to us for all your women’s health needs, including pre-natal and post-partum care. Schedule an appointment today by calling 816-923-5800.

Straight Talk About Women’s Health Issues

andrea allenAndrea Allen spends every working day talking with women at Swope Health Services’ OB/GYN clinic.

Women, so often responsible for the health and wellbeing of others, can sometimes pay less attention to their own needs.

Andrea, SHS Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, likes to remind women to listen to the feedback from their own bodies, especially as they undergo natural life changes and respond to environmental situations.

Here are some of the top questions and challenges she addresses regularly with women:

Why do I need a check-up or a well-woman exam?
If you’re in good shape, let’s celebrate that and document your vital signs as a baseline. We perform only the screenings that make sense for you, at whatever age and stage of life you are in. If you’re not feeling good, let’s take care of that.

I don’t want to think about breast cancer.
We know that people get really scared and worked up about breast screenings. But you’re missing out if you’re not getting a regular exam. The screenings, over time, give a good view of changes for comparison. That’s important, especially if there’s any family history with breast cancer. If you come every year, you’ll get just what you need.

What is family planning?
This just means coming to the clinic to discuss if you want to have a baby. If you don’t want a pregnancy right now, we can discuss birth control options. If you do want a pregnancy, we can help you get ready by educating you on important steps to take such as stopping smoking and drinking, eating fruits and vegetables, and starting on a prenatal vitamin, for example.

motherI’m having a baby.
Great! We’re with you throughout the journey. We want you to keep all of your appointments to take care of your health and the health of your baby. Please take your prenatal vitamin every day as this helps you and baby.

And by the way, that ultrasound scan at 18 to 22 weeks into your pregnancy? The main reason we need it is to look at all of the baby’s parts (brain, heart, spine, bowel, etc.), to make sure your baby is growing correctly. During that ultrasound you might get to find out the sex of the baby — that’s a bonus.

I’m having trouble with a relationship.
We routinely ask everyone: Are you living in a safe place, with safe people? We start with the recognition that abuse, of any kind, is never acceptable. We will help women find alternate shelter, protection from an abuser, whatever assistance is needed. We are here to help.

I want to be good to myself.
That’s what we want, too. We’ll encourage you to take care of yourself and take time for yourself. And we can help with questions about food, drinking, exercise, stress, sleep and other ways to take care of yourself. We’ll also tell you about stuff you don’t have to worry about. For example: All those vaginal hygiene products? You don’t need them. I like to describe the vagina as a self-cleaning oven! Washing outside with unscented bar soap is all you need; you really don’t want to kill the good bacteria inside your body. So skip the vaginal hygiene products.

If there’s one bit of advice to pick up from all this, it is: Just come! We want to see you.

Take charge of your health! Today is a good day to make an appointment for an annual checkup or well-woman exam —call SHS at 816-923-5800. Talk with us about all the ways we can help you get healthier, at any age.