Featured Article


November 1, 2016

Zika

By: Kimberly McKee, MS Zika outbreaks are currently happening in many areas around the world, including parts of the United States. So far in 2016, 15 travel-associated Zika virus cases have been reported in Arkansas. People are infected with Zika primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Once a person has contracted…


Alcohol Use in Pregnancy

By: Janna Michael, APRN Have you heard that small amounts of alcohol in pregnancy are safe? Wrong, that is a myth. Many people believe that drinking some alcohol is okay, like a glass of wine with dinner, or an occasional beer, but that “hard” liquor is the only kind harmful to the developing baby. In…


August 7, 2014

Levels of Care

As one of three states with no designated NICU criteria, the Perinatal Advisory Committee was formed by Dr. Paul Halverson of the Arkansas Department of Health to study and recommend whether Arkansas should adopt a classification system.  The committee, chaired by Dr. Jon Bates of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, consisted of a cross section of healthcare…


April 22, 2014

Breastfeeding Advocacy Basics

by Misty Virmani, MD FAAP Breastfeeding is a beautiful and often difficult process that requires both mother’s and baby’s healthcare providers to be well educated in the basics of breastfeeding. Successful breastfeeding also requires well-developed community resources and family support. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is promoting breastfeeding as an important public health…


Breastfeeding Tips: Mom-to-Mom

by Lisa Harmon As a nurse practitioner and a mom, I would like to share my personal experience and advice on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, as we all know, is the best thing you can do for your baby. It is also a great bonding experience. 1) One of the most important things I have learned is…