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March of Dimes

The March of Dimes Greater Kentucky Chapter began partnering with Highlands Regional Medical Center in January 2015 to implement the Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait program.

The program provides education for pregnant women, perinatal providers, and the community on the problem of preterm birth, risk factors and strategies for reducing risk. In addition, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait provides a supportive structure for implementing bundled, evidence-based preterm birth prevention interventions.

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait is a component of the March of Dimes prematurity campaign, a nationwide effort to address the growing problem of premature birth, which is the leading cause of newborn death and a major cause of serious health problems. The March of Dimes also is funding research to find the causes of premature birth.

In 2007, Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait began in Kentucky as a pilot project of the March of Dimes, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Johnson & Johnson. The success of the project from 2007-present brought about the decision to make Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait a signature program of the March of Dimes in 2010, when it was rolled out to two new states (Texas and New Jersey). March of Dimes ultimately hopes to bring the program to communities across the country. There are now more than 27 of the sites nationwide, with nine sites in Kentucky, five in Texas, two in New Jersey, seven in Kansas, and four in New York.

Premature birth, birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a health problem that costs the U.S. more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death. Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are important to a baby's health, because many important organs, including the brain and lungs, are not completely developed until then.

The March of Dimes announced that Kentucky’s preterm birth rate was 12.6% percent in 2013, down from 15.1% in 2006, the year the national rate peaked. Kentucky again earned a “C” on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the nation still received a “C” on the annual report card and still has the highest rate of preterm birth of any high resource country.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at For the latest resources and information, visit or


Highlands Announces Childbirth Classes for November

November 15, 2016
Highlands Medical Office Building - Prestonsburg, OJ Arnett - 5th Floor
Pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation. That's why Highlands Health System is offering free classes exclusively for moms and their significant others.

Highlands Announces Childbirth Classes for November Details

November 15, 2016
Highlands Medical Office Building - Prestonsburg, OJ Arnett - 5th Floor

Prestonsburg, KY - Pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation. That's why Highlands Health System is offering free classes exclusively for moms and their significant others.

For most pregnant women, even if you already have a child, the labor and birth process can be both overwhelming and joyful. Many women and their partners choose to attend childbirth classes to gather information and lessen their anxiety. In the class we will cover topics such as labor, anesthesia, the post-partum period, newborn care, and also enjoy a tour of the labor and delivery wing.

Classes will be taught by Highlands’ highly skilled nursing staff who will also be available to answer any additional questions you or your partner may have.

Date: Tuesday, November 15 & Tuesday, November 22

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Highlands Medical Office Building
OJ Arnett Room, 5th Floor
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

RSVP by calling (606) 886-7438.

It is preferred that expectant mothers be at least 28-30 weeks pregnant and attend both classes.

To learn more, visit, or find us on Facebook by searching for “Highlands Regional Medical Center”.


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At Highlands, we know choosing the right environment for the birth of your baby is an important decision. For over 40 years, Highlands has been providing compassion and expertise to the delivery and care of babies.

Why Choose Highlands to Deliver Your Baby?
Highlands Labor & Delivery offers:

  • A comfortable, family-centered environment for labor, deliver, and recovery
  • Board-certified obstetricians
  • Highly-trained specialists
  • March of Dimes Accreditation

Highlands Labor & Delivery is designed to be a comfortable, intimate, family-centered environment where women can labor, deliver, and recover in one place. It also allows your family members to be close by to provide support to parents as well as welcome the new baby.

At your physician's discretion, the friends and family members you choose to be part of your birthing experience. They are welcome to do so in a spacious room that is supported by the expertise and technology of one of the region’s finest facilities.

The entire Labor & Delivery staff takes a personalized approach to your care, making every effort to create the birthing experience you've envisioned.

Private Rooms

Newly renovated, private rooms

Private Rooms Details

Our individual patient rooms allow you to enjoy your child’s birth as well as your postpartum experience in the privacy and comfort of your own room. Each room is designed for your comfort, providing families with a caring, peaceful environment for childbirth and bonding.

24 Hour Level 1 Nursery

Babies stay in the nursery at night and for mom's naptime during the day.

Kangaroo Care

Allowing the mother and child to bond after birth.

Kangaroo Care Details

What is kangaroo care?
Kangaroo care is a method of holding a baby that involves skin-to-skin contact. The newborn baby is placed in an upright position against a parent's bare chest. This snuggling of the infant inside the pouch of their parent's shirt, much like a kangaroo's pouch, led to the creation of the term "kangaroo care."

What are the benefits of kangaroo care?
The benefits of kangaroo care to the baby include:

  • Decreased crying
  • Earlier hospital discharge
  • Gain in sleep time
  • Improved (more regular) breathing pattern
  • Improved oxygen saturation levels (an indicator of how well oxygen is being delivered to all the infants organs and tissues)
  • More rapid weight gain
  • More successful breastfeeding episodes
  • Stabilization of the baby's heart rate

The benefits of kangaroo care to the parents include:

  • Improved bonding, feelings of closeness with their babies
  • Increased breast milk supply
  • Increased confidence in ability to care for their babies
  • Increased confidence that their babies are well cared for
  • Increased sense of control

Why does kangaroo care work?
The benefits of kangaroo care listed above have all been demonstrated in research studies. In fact, studies have found that skin-to-skin holding stabilizes heart and respiratory rates, improves oxygen saturation rates, better regulates an infant's body temperature, and conserves a baby's calories.

When a mother is kangarooing, the infant typically snuggles into the breast and falls asleep within a few minutes. The breasts themselves have been shown to change in temperature to accommodate a baby body's changing temperature needs. In other words, the breast can increase in temperature when the infant's body is cool and can decrease in temperature as the baby is warmed. The extra sleep that the infant gets snuggling with mom and the assistance in regulating body temperature helps the baby conserve energy and redirects calorie expenditures toward growth and weight gain. Being positioned on mom also helps to stabilize the infant's respiratory and heart rates. Finally, research has also shown that kangaroo care results in positive effects on brain development.

How to get started
Your nurse will discuss kangaroo care with you. General instructions for performing kangaroo care are as follows:

  • Remove your bra and wear a blouse or shirt that opens in the front. (A hospital gown that opens in the front can be made available for your use.) 
  • The baby, wearing only a diaper and hat, will be placed on your bare chest in an upright position.
  • Cover the baby with your shirt, gown, or a blanket.
  • Now simply relax and enjoy this unique bonding experience.
  • Plan on holding your baby for at least one hour four or more times a week.
  • Let your baby rest. This is not a time to play with your baby.
  • Fathers can provide kangaroo care for their babies too. The different feel of the father's body will provide different stimulation to the baby.

For further information, please contact your baby's nurse.