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Labor and Delivery: Signs of Labor

When you are pregnant, it is completely normal to feel a certain amount of anxiety about the process of childbirth. Educating yourself about the process and knowing when to seek help from your physician are two great ways to help relieve some of that anxiety. In this video, you can learn more about the key signs and symptoms that often prompt expecting mothers to contact their healthcare provider. The host describes how you can tell when you are going into labor and provides some advice for new moms.

If you have any questions about labor or the birthing process, let Good Samaritan Hospital be your resource. We provide some of the highest quality maternity and pediatric services to the community of San Jose, CA. Call our friendly staff at (408) 559-2011 for more information.


What to Look for in a Maternity Hospital

Maternity Hospital

When you are pregnant, it is completely natural to only want the highest quality of care for you and your baby. When choosing a maternity hospital in which to deliver your child, there are many factors you should consider to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Knowledgeable physicians, a highly trained staff, and cutting-edge technology are not the only things to look for. Be sure that your maternity hospital of choice also has the following services available:

  • Delivery suites that have the comforts of home
    Be sure that your maternity hospital has labor and delivery suites available that promote a peaceful birthing experience. Many suites include private bathrooms and comfortable furnishings available only to you and your family during your stay. After birth, you and your child share the same private, quiet room to strengthen your bond in peace.
  • Certified nurse midwives on staff available to families
    A hospital with great maternity services will have a full range of birthing options available to expectant mothers. Having certified nurse midwives on the obstetrical team gives mothers one more option to experience the birthing process in their preferred way.
  • Parenting and breastfeeding services
    Choose a hospital that has many support services and programs available to assist you with breastfeeding and early parenting. Childbirth preparation classes, baby care classes, and support groups are great ways for new mothers to get their questions answered.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
    Having a neonatal intensive care unit available ensures a safe delivery by an obstetrical team that is available 24 hours a day. Also, look for support services for families with babies in NICU, such as Good Samaritan’s NICU ACCESS program.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we believe every birth is a special one. That’s why we have designed our birthing center to meet the individual needs of each mother and their child. Our staff’s expertise and state-of-the-art technology help to ensure a safe and secure birthing experience. You can read more about our maternity services on our website or contact us at (408) 559-2011 to schedule a free tour of our birthing center.


Knowing the Symptoms of a Stroke

Symptoms of a Stroke

A stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When experiencing stroke symptoms, one should consider seeking emergency medical care immediately to avoid damage or death of brain tissue. Those experiencing an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke may experience the following symptoms:

  • Sudden changes in the senses, such as interruptions in vision or smell
  • An inability to speak or understand what is spoken to you
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Memory lapses and difficulties focusing on a train of thought
  • Sudden dizziness, lack of coordination and balance, or trouble walking or standing
  • Sudden onset of a severe headache that can be described as ‘the worst headache of your life’ with no known cause

These symptoms almost always come on suddenly. If the symptoms of stroke go away after only a few minutes, you may have experienced a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA does not cause permanent damage to brain tissue, but can be a warning sign of a future stroke.

If you think you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seriously consider dialing 9-1-1 and seeking emergency medical attention immediately. Treatment immediacy greatly affects stroke survival and recovery. The Stroke Center at the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is dedicated to the rapid identification and treatment of each patient presenting with possible stroke symptoms. Learn more about our Joint Commission Certified stroke care by contacting us at (408) 559-2011.


Check Out These Helpful Links To Find Out More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

Mother and Son

Are you at risk of developing gestational diabetes during your pregnancy? By looking through the resources below, you can learn more about this and the other subjects discussed in our recent blog posts.

  • This article from MedlinePlus provides information about first aid procedures and what to do in the case of a medical emergency.
  • Knowing how to perform hands-only CPR can help you to save someone’s life—learn more about this simple lifesaving action from the American Heart Association.
  • The American Pregnancy Association describes what foods to avoid during pregnancy in more detail on their website.
  • This checklist from FoodSafety.gov is helpful in organizing the foods to avoid while pregnant.
  • Visit WebMD.com to find a comprehensive overview about high cholesterol causes, diagnosis, management, and more.
  • This article from the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development answers many frequently asked questions about gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
  • The American Diabetes Association also provides some helpful information about the basics of gestational diabetes and how it is treated.
  • Coronary heart disease is one of the many diseases that can severely affect the functioning of the heart. Read more about this disease from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
  • You can find out more about catheter angiography and the common uses of this procedure from this article on RadiologyInfo.org.
  • This overview from KidsHealth.org describes the importance of newborn screening tests and how they help to ensure healthy development.

If you have any remaining questions, contact Good Samaritan Hospital by calling (408) 559-2011.


Recognizing a Medical Emergency

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During medical emergency care, every second counts. That’s why it is so important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of severe illness or injury and be able to act accordingly. Listed below are some of the warning signs of a medical emergency as defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

  • Severe and/or persistent vomiting can be the sign of a more serious illness and can quickly lead to dehydration.
  • Breathing problems, such as difficulty breathing (a sign of anaphylaxis) or shortness of breath (a sign of heart attack), are both considered medical emergencies.
  • Chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath can be signs of an impending heart attack.
  • Heavy bleeding that will not stop even after pressure has been applied can lead to dangerous blood loss.
  • Sudden changes in vision, weakness, dizziness, or numbness, especially on only one side of the body are all signs of a stroke. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and can lead to brain damage or death.
  • Severe depression and suicidal thoughts should be considered a medical emergency.

If you witness any of the above signs of an emergency, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and collected. Seriously consider calling 911 and performing necessary, standard first aid or CPR procedures if you have been trained in the techniques.

One of the best ways to remain calm during a medical emergency is to be prepared. When formulating emergency plans, consider making Good Samaritan Hospital your medical center of choice. Our Emergency Care Center is dedicated to assessing each patient’s individual needs and providing expert treatment as soon as possible. If you would like to find out more about our ER wait times and emergency services, call (408) 559-2011.


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