Celebrate National Blueberry Month

By: Morgan Robbins, RD, LD at LMC

July is National Blueberry Month – which means blueberry season is quickly approaching. Blueberries are generally ready to be picked late July to mid August. Don’t let their small size fool you; blueberries are packed with a nutritional punch that can benefit everyone’s diet.

blueberries2Phytonutrients in blueberries are called polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols help reduce the inflammatory process associated with chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Along with being delicious, blueberries have tons of health benefits too:
• 80 calories per cup- great for snacking
• Low in fat
• Almost four grams of fiber
• 25% of your daily Vitamin C- supports the immune system
• Great source of manganese- important for bone development and converting food into energy

This summer, try adding blueberries to your salads, oatmeal, pancakes, desserts, yogurts, smoothies and cereals. Try this blueberry smoothie recipe to beat the heat, a healthy treat that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Blueberry Smoothie
1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into pieces
6 oz plain, non-fat yogurt
¾ cup skim milk or milk alternative
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
½ cup ice cubs (optional)
Blend until smooth! This smoothie provides approximately 200 calories, 4.5 grams fat (0gm saturated fat), 10 gm protein, 36 gm carbohydrates and 10 gm protein.

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/blueberry-banana-smoothie

http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/

LMC Welcomes Dr. Jennifer Greene to Carolina Women’s Physicians

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jennifer A. Greene, MD, FACOG, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Greene is practicing obstetrics and gynecology at Carolina Women’s Physicians, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Jennifer Greene

Dr. Jennifer Greene

After receiving her medical degree, Dr. Greene went on to complete an internal medicine internship at Grand Rapids Medical Education & Research Company in Grand Rapids, Mich. before completing her OB/GYN internship and residency in Columbia.

Prior to joining Carolina Women’s Physicians, Dr. Greene served as an assistant professor and associate program director for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her special interests include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, cervical cytology and histopathology, benign disorders of the vulva/vulvodynia, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

She joins Allyson Jones, MD, Elizabeth Lambert, MD, Samantha Morton, MD, Julie Reed, MD and Amy McMillan, PA-C at Carolina Women’s Physicians. Dedicated to providing comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages in the Midlands, the practice combines state-of-the-art technology and advanced procedures with excellent patient care.

Dr. Greene is now accepting patients.

Carolina Women’s Physicians
146 N. Hospital Drive, Suite 240
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 936-7590
CarolinaWomensPhysicians.com

LMC Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Doula Program

Lexington Medical Center is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first-of-its-kind doula program. A doula is a birth coach who offers mothers comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. In 1994, the hospital began an innovative doula program that was the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast. The program has received national recognition and serves as a benchmark for programs around the country. Thanks to support from the Lexington Medical Center Foundation and its donors, doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center.

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“Lexington Medical Center’s doulas have been invaluable to the women of the Midlands,” said Nydia Harter, MSN, RN, NEA, BC, director of Nursing at Lexington Medical Center. “Over the past 20 years, they have supported thousands of women and families during one of the most important times of their lives – the birth of their babies.”

Doulas are experienced professionals who undergo training specific to assisting pregnant women and newborns. In addition to understanding the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of women in labor, doulas also facilitate communication between parents-to-be, help prepare birth plans and provide information about birth and delivery options. Postpartum doulas offer education, support and assistance to the new family. A doula brings much-needed confidence to a new mother through breastfeeding support and advice, newborn care and assistance with household duties.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation sponsors the hospital’s doula program. LMC’s doula program is based on the highest standards of care set by Doulas of North America (DONA), the largest doula association in the world.

Lexington Medical Center’s innovative doula program has earned the prestigious Annie Kennedy Award from DONA. The award recognizes LMC doulas for excellence and dedication to their community as well as growth and teamwork in their program.

Lexington Medical Center has 16 doulas on staff and almost half of the doulas have been with LMC for ten years or more. Since the LMC doula program began, it has assisted more than 8,400 families.

Lexington Medical Center will recognize Lexington Medical Center’s past and present doulas at a special reception on July 29th on the hospital campus. Former doulas can contact the Lexington Medical Center Foundation at 791-2540 for more information on the event.

To learn more about LMC’s doula program, visit this link on the hospital’s website:
http://www.lexmed.com/medical-services/birth-center/delivery/doulas, or Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page.

For information on training to become a doula, visit www.dona.org