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Novant Health In Good Health podcast

Pregnancy and COVID-19: We're still here to help you plan your birthing experience...virtually

April 9, 2020
System physician executive, Dr. Navin Bhojwani joins us again to discuss the ways Novant Health maintains its support and education as expecting mothers plan their birthing experience. The organization has worked hard to transition to virtual education classes and facility tours to keep planning on track. Stick around for candid conversation about safe conception measures as many manage the long hours together, under one roof. Are we headed for a Coronavirus-inspired baby boom?

Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to expect during your delivery experience

April 9, 2020
Dr. Navin Bhojwani, OBGYN and system executive for the Novant Health Women's & Children's Institute details what to expect in the delivery room and distinguishes what post-partum care looks like for healthy mothers and COVID-19 positive patients or patients under investigation. While a lot of changes have been put in place to protect our new mothers and babies, much remains the same including safe, quality care.

Pregnancy and COVID-19: Protecting our mothers and babies and the "why" behind hospital visitation policies

April 9, 2020
Physician leader for Novant Health Womens & Children's Institute, Dr. Navin Bhojwani shares into the changing landscape of COVID-19 for expecting mothers and explains the "why" behind Novant Health hospital facilities' amended visitation policy.

Helping families navigate stress around COVID-19

April 6, 2020
Parenting in a pandemic can put additional stress on families and children. Navigating through these stressors can be difficult, but there are ways to cope. Psychiatrist Dr. Heather Laughridge at Novant Health Psychiatric Associates explains how.

Babies don't stop for anything, even coronavirus.

March 27, 2020
In this episode, Dr. Laura Ramsay, an OB-GYN at Novant Health WomanCare, answers questions and shares advice for expectant moms. Stick around to hear her shark bite story and how it taught her to pivot when things get tough.

A mom asks her pediatrician: Elderberry syrup for babies?

March 4, 2020
Novant Health pediatrician Dr. Kasey Scannell answers questions from new mom Meredith Loveland in a freewheeling discussion about her son, Brantley, who's about to turn 1.

How to have a healthy relationship when you have a sick kid

February 25, 2020
When you have a child who is chronically ill or disabled, it can be difficult to find time to invest time in yourself and your relationships with others, including your partner. Hear tips on how to improve communication and prioritize time together so you can be a united front in caring for your child and each other.

Becoming a momma (or poppa) bear

February 18, 2020
Learn how to become an awesome advocate for your child. Stacy-Ann Whitton, early intervention coordinator, shares 7 steps with parents.

  1. Learn as much as you can.
  2. Organize for success.
  3. Document everything.
  4. Connect with other parents.
  5. Know your child’s strengths and share them with healthcare providers and educators.
  6. Understand your child’s rights.
  7. Don’t give up.

While her advice stems from her experience working with kids with chronic health needs, developmental delays and disabilities, what she shares applies to any parent wanting to improve their child’s health. These tips can also apply to your child’s education as well.

Resources shared in this episode:

Family Support Network -

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) -

Interagency Community Council -<

5 lessons for parents of children with developmental delays or disabilities

February 11, 2020
Stacy-Ann Whitton shares her top 5 pieces of advice for parents of children with developmental delays or disabilities based on her experience as a mother and early intervention coordinator. 

  1. You aren't alone. 
  2. When less is more. 
  3. Learn to accept help. 
  4. Build your support network. 
  5. Know your rights.


Managing medical bills and your child’s health

February 4, 2020
Stacy-Ann Whitton, early intervention coordinator, shares financial resources for families of children with high medical needs — and costs. 

Here are links to resources covered in this episode. 

Social Security Income (SSI) -

Medicaid -

Community Alternatives Program for Children - NC Medicaid -

Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) resources -

Bee Mighty program -

Madelyn's Fund -

First in Families of North Carolina -

NC Innovations Waiver - NC Medicaid -

Novant Health financial resources -

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -

The Power of Early Intervention

January 28, 2020
After childhood illness left Kumar Whitton struggling to walk and talk, early intervention services and support from his family and healthcare team helped him not only recover but thrive. Hear from his mom Stacy-Ann Whitton, who is an early intervention coordinator at Novant Health. She’ll also share how to refer your child for services if you have concerns about your child’s development.

This mom went through everything to save her baby

January 21, 2020
At 27 weeks, expectant mother Taylor Bullins had just one request as they wheeled her into the operating room at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, "Above all else, save my baby." Dr. Jon Rosnes, medical director of maternal-fetal medicine, did just that by performing two life-saving blood transfusions for the baby Norah, while also caring for Bullins who was diagnosed with preeclampsia. Stick around to hear what happened when Norah was transported to the NICU, and what Bullins learned along the way.

Caring for yourself first

January 21, 2020
As parents, we often put our children's needs before our own. But when your child has a chronic health condition or disability that requires extra attention and care, you may find it even harder to find time to take care of yourself. Join Nick Stewart, chaplain, for tips to fight burnout and become a resilient caregiver.

Hand and wrist dangers that come with video gaming and esports

January 14, 2020
Electronic sports (esports) is the new “sport” on the horizon and some high school students are training eight hours a day in hopes of going pro. And why not? Many colleges now offer scholarships and some of the pros, we’re talking 16 to 23-year-olds, are signing multi-million-dollar contracts. Here to discuss what role sports medicine has to play when it comes to esports is Dr. Derek Bernstein, an orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist at Novant Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center in Winston-Salem.

Your child was diagnosed with a disability, now what?

January 14, 2020

Heather Laughridge, MD, psychiatrist with Novant Health discusses common reactions, feelings and where to go from here. 

Additional resources 

PACER Center -

The Parent Center Hub -

National Respite Network and Resource Center -


What new moms need to know about breastfeeding. (It will be OK.)

January 07, 2020
Many expectant moms daydream about nursing their new baby for the very first time. But the dream can quickly vanish when baby arrives. New parents realize that breastfeeding is hard, and baby has a mind of his or her own. Mary Showalter, lactation consultant at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center provides some advice for moms who may be struggling.

How can I get this baby to sleep?

December 31, 2019
Swaddle? Swing? Swear? Dr. Colleen Black, Novant Health pediatrician, offers sleep-saving tips for new parents.

How pediatricians work with overweight patients and their families

December 24, 2019
Nearly 1 out of 5 kids in the United States are obese, putting them at greater risk for a slew of serious health problems that can change their life forever. Listen as three Novant Health doctors offer practical advice on how to address the issue in our own families, and the importance of being honest.

Nurse honors stillborn babies with a lasting image

December 17, 2019
Cassie Gregory, RN, loves to care for newborns at the hospital. And sometimes, that can include the ones that don't make it. Learn how Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center uses bereavement photography to provide comfort for parents on the worst day of their lives.

Let’s talk about autism. The highs, the lows and resources to help every step of the way.

December 17, 2019

Discussing challenges children with autism and their families face and practical tips and resources to help. Developmental pediatrician Angelica Robles also debunks misconceptions about autism as depicted in TV shows and movies.  
Want to learn more? Read '5 ways to better connect to kids on the autism spectrum' by Dr. Robles on Novant Health Healthy Headlines.

When your child is suddenly sick in the night

December 10, 2019
What are symptoms that can wait -- and what signs should you never ignore? Novant Health pediatrician Dr. Colleen Black shares tips for at-home treatment -- and important clues to more serious conditions in this conversation with Amber Veverka.

Expectant mothers now have their own emergency department

December 03, 2019
Here to discuss how the hospital prepares for the unexpected is Dr. Lewis Lipscomb, OBGYN physician leader at Novant Health for the greater Winston-Salem Market. Stick around to hear details about how the new obstetrics emergency department (OB-ED) at Forsyth Medical Center is a game changer when it comes to taking care of mom and baby.

Defiant child? Here are some tips to help you deal.

November 26, 2019
Novant Health psychiatrist Dr. Richard Jackson discusses strategies and potential outcomes for parents who are facing a child, or several, who are being overly resistant.

Why kangaroo moms make great role models in newborn care

November 19, 2019
You’ve probably heard that skin-to-skin contact is important for newborns. But have you ever wondered why? Angie Robertson, a nurse practitioner in the NICU at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center explains what mom and dad can do to help baby grow strong and healthy while keeping them close to the chest.

5 Ways giving birth at the hospital has changed for the better

November 19, 2019
It’s hard to believe, but 100 plus years ago most childbirths occurred at home. But even at the hospital today, practices continue to evolve as we learn more about what's best for babies, mothers, and fathers. In this episode, we talk with Ann Smith, Director of Women’s and Children’s Health at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center about those changes and how you can be prepared to have the best experience possible.

You can save your child's life! Parents are the key to decreasing the rate of drowning.

November 12, 2019
Whether's its the beach, a backyard pool or another environment with a large body of water, they all pose an eminent threat to children and adults that cannot swim. In this episode we talk to Cullen Jones, Olympic swimmer and advocate for swimming education, about how to reduce the risk of drowning among kids and adults. As a new parent, Cullen also shares thoughts about when is the right time to introduce your child to the water.

A practical guide to identifying ADHD in your child and what to do next.

October 22, 2019
At least 5% of American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. On this episode, we're speaking with pediatrician Dr. Rachel Fournet who takes us through some key points about ADHD in less than 30 minutes.
If you've got a child who's ADHD or think they might be, you may be feel a little better after listening to what Dr. Fournet has to say.

Teens and anxiety: how much is social media at play?

October 22, 2019
Being immersed in social media can add to a teenager's angst. Listen to how you can help your teen limit the stress.

Vaping is claiming the lives of our kids. Here's what you need to know.

October 22, 2019
Vaping has recently killed several Americans and landed nearly 400 in hospitals with lung illness. Cliff Mehrtens and Novant Health pulmonologist Dr. Richard Pomerantz discuss e-cigarettes, a popular, unhealthy craze sweeping the country.