Women and Infants

Three Times Three

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

Some interesting and unique records were set at Alta Bates Summit last week. We’ve had a long standing reputation as a high risk pregnancy center where multiple births are often welcomed into the world.

On April 7 and 8, staff and physicians were extremely busy when three sets of triplets—two sets of boys and one set of girls—were born at Alta Bates Summit within 24 hours of each other—including one set of very rare identical triplets. Read More

Born Too Soon: Brooklyn’s Story

The Rantz Family:Kathy, Brooklyn and Rich, Ambassador Family for the 2014 March for Babies Walk

The Rantz Family (l-r): Kathy, Brooklyn and Rich, Ambassador Family
for the 2014 March for Babies Walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the painful contractions began the morning of Nov. 16, 2007, Kathy Rantz and her husband, Rich, had no idea that their daughter Brooklyn would be born prematurely two days later. Weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces, her chances for survival were very slim.

“Brooklyn wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the outstanding care she received at Alta Bates in Berkeley,” says Kathy. “I make it my mission to share our story with anyone and everyone who’ll listen.” Read More

Join Us at the 2014 March for Babies Walk

Young girl holding her parents hands while walking

Walk with us at 9 a.m. on Sat., April 26, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, and give hope to babies born sick or premature.

Together, we can raise money to support programs in our community and help moms to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The March for Babies also funds life-saving research to find answers to serious problems that can threaten the health of babies.

Please get involved and help every baby have a healthy start in life. Join your team today!

Mommy and Me: Breastfeeding Support Group

Get help with breastfeeding from an Alta Bates Summit board-certified lactation consultant at our drop-in group.Mother holding her newborn baby

We’ll focus on breastfeeding techniques, benefits and emotional support.

Learn more about the Berkeley breastfeeding classes

This support group is a drop-in event, so registration is not required. The fee for this group is $10.00 per drop-in session or $45 for a 5 session package (dee is non-refundable, and first session is free).

Time: Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: 2450 Ashby Ave Berkeley, CA 94705 in the Parent Education Class Room.

Please call the Parent Education Department at 510-204-4461 for more details or visit us online: Breastfeeding Support Group.

Pregnancy and Posture: Moms-to-Be Pay Attention Warns Oakland Specialist

Young pregnant East Bay woman standing in a field

Maintaining good posture when you’re pregnant is probably not a high priority, but it should be.

“A mistake expectant moms make is letting poor posture lead to back strain,” says Katarina Lannér-Cusin, M.D., Medical Director of Women’s Services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and a board-certified OBGYN who practices with the East Bay Physicians Medical Group, an affiliate of the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. Read More

The A,B,C’s of Kids’ Nutrition for Busy Parents in Oakland

Young boy with a baseball hat playing on a fence near a flower garden in Oakland. Do you know how much nutrition a child his age needs?
Vitamins are essential to growing bodies, especially your child’s. But do you know what nutrition they need for a well-balanced diet?

Nutrition tips from Alta Bates Summit in Oakland

The USDA recommends that children receive the following amounts of vitamins and minerals.

  • Kids need 6 ounces of whole grains every day; check the label of brown breads because not all are made from whole grains.
  • Fruit and veggies are important! Make sure your kids get 2.5 cups of veggies and 1.5 cups of fruit every day. Be careful when giving fruit juice instead of whole fruit—some fruit juice doesn’t contain enough real fruit.
  • Kids need at least 3 cups of milk per day. Look for low-fat milk. Yogurt and cheese are also great sources of calcium.
  • Five ounces of protein per day will help your kids get their protein allotment. Chicken, beef, turkey and fish are wonderful protein sources. Nuts, beans and peas are good vegetarian protein choices.

Read more at Sutter Health’s MyLifeStages.com, “Kids Need Their Nutrients