New Year Baby 2018

New Year Baby

New Year Baby

Madison Memorial Hospital delivers nearly 1,500 babies annually. Each baby is special. To help celebrate the new year, Madison gears up for that one special baby to start us off. Madison Memorial Hospital welcomed their first baby at 6:45am on Monday, January 1, 2018. Both mom and baby are well. The baby’s name is Paislyee, and she weighs 7 lbs. 4 oz with a length of 19.25 inches. The proud parents are Rachel and Jose. The hospital congratulated the new family with multiple gifts complements of the hospital and the area businesses, as identified below. “We are grateful to our skilled healthcare staff, and a special thanks to Kristine Daniels who helped us gather gifts from our wonderful community for this baby,” says Erika Moss, Director of Perinatal Services. “We are excited for Rachel and Jose and for their new baby daughter, and we thank them for letting us play a part in this special event. On this New Years morning, we wish them the very best 2018 with many more to come with Paislyee!”

New Year Baby Gift Contributors

AmericInn – 2 Night Stays
Broulim’s – Size 3 Diapers
Big Judd’s
The Burg – Gift Cards, t-shirts
Cafe Rio – Gift Card
Costa Vida
Erickson’s – Lube Oil & Filter
Evans – Free Haircuts for a year
Everyday Floral
Florence’s Chocolates
Fresco – Gift Card
Great Harvest Bread – Gift Basket
Heather Carey Photography – New Born Photography Session
Hickory – Gift Card
Little Ceasars
Papa Murphy’s
Paul Mitchell – Mommy Makeover & VIP Membership
Quality Inn
Rexburg College Massage Therapy
Rexburg Floral
Seasons Medical – Stroller
Spring Hill Suites – 1 free night’s stay
Sage Spa – Gift Card, Lotion
Taylor Chevrolet – Auto detail
Wingers – Coupon Cards
Walmart – Baby Bath

Plan, Set Goals, Reach Dreams

Reach Dreams, Set Goals, Plan

1. Reach Dreams

Spend some time dreaming. Listen to the story your life is telling. Are you conscientiously writing it? Do you enjoy hearing the stories? What legacy will your life’s story tell? Have you imagined the details of your dreams? Which dream tastes the best? Have you picked your legacy?

2. Set Goals

A boy set a goal to become a millionaire. Certainly, this was the greatest mark of success and way to happiness. Upon reaching this goal, he found that it was not his dream. So he spent the rest of his days trying to reach that dream. Because of his patience and discipline he accomplished great things. Nonetheless, he knew the path he traveled would have changed if he spent all of his days traveling toward his dream. Set goals that reach your dreams. Goals that are based on the outcomes you’d like to reach… your legacy. Below are some pointers for setting goals to help you reach your dreams:

  • S – specific, significant, stretching
  • M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
  • A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
  • R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
  • T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, tractable

 3. Plan

Planning helps the dreamers travel towards their dreams. The mile markers and destinations along the journey may be the goals they have accomplished. Each day their actions decide if they will travel toward their dreams. Having a map that is reviewed helps that dreamer go the right direction. This map is the plan. Dreamers write their own stories by the actions and reactions along the journey to their dreams.  May you have a wonderful year and make a plan. Celebrate when you reach your goals, and arrive to your dreams. Enjoy the journey. Write your story. Leave the legacy that you have chosen. Don’t be surprised if this legacy grows into something better along the journey.

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Hypothermia: How to Stay Warm in Rexburg

Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, is a dangerous condition that can occur when a person is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.  Hypothermia is caused by prolonged exposures to very cold temperatures. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it’s produced. Lengthy exposures will eventually use up your body’s stored energy, which leads to lower body temperature.

Warnings signs of hypothermia:

  • Adults: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech drowsiness
  • Infants:  bright red, cold skin, very low energyIf you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95° F, the situation is an emergency — get medical attention immediately.

A body temperature that’s too low can affect the brain, which makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because the victim may not know it is happening. Hypothermia is most likely at very cold temperatures, but it can occur even at merely cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water.

Hypothermia is most likely to begin in extremities like your hands and feet, so keeping your toes warm is important. Whether you’re walking to work or just around the block, make sure to wear sturdy, insulated shoes that will help prevent slips on slick surfaces and keep your feet dry.

Tips to Avoid Hypothermia

  1. Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  2. If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  3. Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  4. Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.


stuck in winter, staying safe

3 Ways to Stay Safe This Winter

In 2015, Madison County resulted in 513 car crashes. Many of these crashes were due cold weather and icy roads. 242 people were injured in these crashes. To avoid being injured yourself this winter season, here are some ways to stay safe.

Before the cold strikes, these are some preventive things to help you prepare for the winter, according to

  • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
  • Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.

1. Prepare your home

  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace

2. Prepare your vehicle

  • Fully winterize your vehicle: Have a mechanic check antifreeze, brakes, heater and defroster, tires, and windshield wipers to ensure they are in good shape. Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • Keep an extra emergency kit specifically created for your car. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding a portable cell phone charger, ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables.
  • Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
  • Plan to check on elderly/disabled relatives and neighbors.
  • Plan to bring pets inside.

3. During Snowstorms and Extreme Cold

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule and your route; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. Use caution, take breaks, push the snow instead of lifting it when possible, and lift lighter loads.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
  • If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
  • Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
  • Wear a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to reduce heat loss.
eat and live healthy

Weighing Too Much or Too Little When Pregnant Can Be Risky

For women contemplating having a baby, new research adds to the evidence suggesting that starting a pregnancy at a normal weight is best.

The study found that too much or even too little weight increases an expectant mom’s risk for severe illnesses and death.

“Not only for baby’s sake, but also for your own sake, have a healthy diet and get regular exercise before pregnancy,” said study lead author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova. She’s an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre in Vancouver.

“It’s never too late, even if you’re already pregnant,” Lisonkova said, adding that weight gain during pregnancy can also increase the risk for severe illnesses and even death in expectant mothers.

The study, published Nov. 14 in Journal of the American Medical Association, included information on nearly three-quarters of a million women from Washington state. They averaged 28 years old.

Before pregnancy, about 3 percent were underweight, 48 percent were of normal weight and 26 percent were overweight. In addition, about 13 percent were categorized as class 1 obese, 6 percent class 2 and 4 percent class 3, with a higher class indicating greater weight and health risk.

The researchers used body mass index (BMI) to determine if someone was overweight, obese or underweight. Body mass index is a rough estimate of how much body fat a person has calculated from their weight and height. For a 5-foot-6-inch woman, a normal BMI would correlate to 118 to 150 pounds. That same woman would be overweight if she weighed 155 to 180 pounds, and obesity would begin at about 186 pounds, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The researchers found that the more a woman weighed, the more likely she was to have a severe illness or to die during pregnancy. Underweight women also had an increased risk for these outcomes. Severe illness included such conditions as eclampsia (convulsions or coma brought on by high blood pressure), sudden kidney failure, sepsis, hemorrhage and respiratory problems.

The risk to any one woman, though, is quite low. For instance, the study found that, compared with normal-weight pregnant women, there were about 25 more cases of either severe illness or death for every 10,000 pregnant women if the woman was obese.

“The chance that any one woman dies in pregnancy is about 1 in 6,000 in the United States,” said Dr. Aaron Caughey, who chairs the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

However, what’s especially concerning about this study’s findings, he said, is that more and more women are entering pregnancy obese or super-obese. With higher levels of obesity, “there’s an incredibly high inflammatory state that increases the risk of rare outcomes, like thromboembolism,” a blood clot, Caughey said.

He said that underweight women likely had a chronic illness that increased their risk.

Both Caughey and Lisonkova said that ideally, women should be at a normal weight before getting pregnant. If a woman isn’t at her ideal weight, pregnancy is a good time to start focusing on things such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, they said.

Pregnancy can be a “focusing event for affecting behavior change in women,” Caughey said, because once pregnant, a woman often focuses on doing what she can to have a healthy baby.

“Pregnancy is a great time to think about diet and exercise, especially because women often drive health behaviors in the family, so there’s no time like the present to make healthy changes,” he said.

Lisonkova also emphasized the importance of good prenatal care. “Clinicians can catch signs of potential complications earlier with regular checkups,” she said.



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