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I drove my 16-year-old son Zach to the football workout at his high school and made sure he had the gallon water jug he was known for carrying every day at school and practice. I said, “Love you!” He said, “Love you, too,” and he was gone. Read more

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Amanda Inscore

Since middle school, the North Fort Myers teen had taken medication and received counseling a few times a month. Yet, she didn’t start healing until arriving at the PACE Center for Girls in Lee County, an academic and counseling program. Read more

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Amanda Inscore

Low funding for mental health care and a shortage of psychiatrists has left kids and families searching and waiting for help in Southwest Florida. Read more

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Families on Medicaid don’t always have to turn to hospital emergency departments for health care now. Lee Health Convenient Care urgent care clinics recently announced they accept 95 percent of Medicaid plans in the region, including Vivida Health. Read more

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Safe Kids Worldwide started a podcast to help parents support each other, learn from each other and realize we’re not alone in this crazy thing they call parenting. Read more

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As measles spreads and New York takes the tactic of immunizing or fining unvaccinated people in certain ZIP codes, parents wonder: Is my child safe? Read more

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As students complete state testing and prepare for final exams, it’s again time to consider — or reconsider — what you’re packing in their school lunches. Read more

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Eating healthy and being active now can help your kids live a longer, higher quality life later. Read more

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Lee Health reports a sharp increase in flu cases — jumping from fewer than 90 cases during the week of December 8 to more than 310 cases during the week of December 23. Read more

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Southwest Florida Parent & Child and The News-Press are working on a series about mental health services for kids. We’d like to hear from parents. We want to know what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what you think Southwest Florida needs to do better. Read more

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Numerous mental health professionals will converge at Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday, November 17, to talk about school mental health at the school's eighth annual Children & Youth Mental Health Conference. Read more

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The News-Press is taking a deeper look into how Florida hospitals stack up when it comes to maternal safety and wants to speak to women about their own experiences during deliveries. Read more

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Lee Health will end baby deliveries at Gulf Coast Medical Center in March and expand such services on the HealthPark Medical Center campus in south Fort Myers, home to the region's only children's hospital. Read more

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Here, readers and foodies in Southwest Florida share tried-and-true recipes that work for their school kids. Read more

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They can be the ‘village’ you need in your parenting journey. Read more

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Where pregnant women and new parents can turn for support, advice and camaraderie. Read more

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One Southwest Florida program is having such success in preventing child abuse and neglect that organizers say it could end the need for foster care as we know it. Read more

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How long should you wait before getting pregnant again? Read more

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Parents have an active part to play in keeping students safe. Read more

Parenting

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    From left, top Lee Heath officials Dr. Eric Applegren, Scott Cashman, Susan Ryckman, Therese Everly and Susan DiMatteo take a tour of the renovated OB rooms at HealthPark Medical Center. The health system will feature 107 OB beds, and all of the newly renovated rooms at HPMC will be fully private with family sleep capabilities. This transition will create 10 additional beds across the health system, and as of March 1, 2019, the obstetrical service line currently offered at Gulf Coast Medical Center will be transferred to HealthPark.