Texas Health Launches New Online Resources for Moms
12/20/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas — Wouldn't it be nice if motherhood came with an instruction manual? Of course it doesn't, but Texas Health Resources has created online resources to take some of the guesswork out of it.

Texas Health Resources, the largest health system in North Texas in terms of patients served, is no stranger to working with moms. In 2009 nearly 25,000 babies were born at Texas Health Resources hospitals — enough to equal the population of Colleyville.

"A large number of moms-focused websites have been created in recent years, but for many moms it's hard to verify the information on those sites," said Mary Lou Wilson R.N., B.S.N., director of Women’s Services at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. "Texas Health is combining real-world knowledge from moms in the trenches with information and tips from nurses, specialists, and physicians on the medical staffs at Texas Health hospitals. That combination of advice enables Texas Health Moms to empower mothers to take control of health and wellness decisions for themselves and their families."

The latest addition to the Texas Health Moms family is a one-stop website for moms-to-be and moms of all stages. In a poll of women age 18 to 65, Insite Field Research found that 78 percent of women look online for health care topics at least once a month.

Located at TexasHealth.org/Moms, the site offers information from infertility and pre-pregnancy resources to picking the right classes to prepare for your child’s arrival. And the site doesn’t stop there. Articles, videos, and Q&A are available to talk about how to avoid sports injuries and maintain healthy lifestyles for children of all ages. Interactive forums offer parents a chance to share their questions and insights directly with each other.

Ninety-four percent of moms online say pregnancy triggered them to seek health information on the web and connect with others in similar situations, according to the Babycenter 2010 Social Mom Influencer Report.

In addition to a traditional website, Texas Health Resources also offers three main social media gathering spots for Moms:

  • Texas Health Moms blog (http://www.texashealthmoms.blogspot.com/) offers real-life stories and situations told by wannabe moms, moms-to-be, moms of all ages and on up to Grandmas.
  • Texas Health Moms Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TexasHealthMoms) offers moms a chance to chime in with questions.
  • Twitter site (@TxHealthMoms) offers individuals a real-time way to communicate with each other and keep up on breaking news and recall alerts.

“More and more patients are finding us on the internet and social networks,” said Dr. Hampton Richards, an OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. “It’s nice to offer something that has some accreditation by the hospital as a source that the patients can go to that they can trust.”

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers.

Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.