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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Women's Services Offers Massages to New Moms

CLEARWATER, Fla., (December 12, 2011) – Most new moms would agree a little pampering goes a long way. At Morton Plant Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital, Morton Plant Mease’s women’s services are pampering new moms with postnatal massages offered after delivery in their own private room.

“We have had a positive response from new moms,” said Marcia Albanese, Morton Plant Mease director of women’s and children’s services. “Having a baby is a wonderful experience but it can be overwhelming and our new mom massages can help mothers have a more comfortable experience.”

The complimentary postnatal massages are done by Morton Plant Mease Wellness Centers’ licensed massage therapists. “Postnatal massages are beneficial to new moms after giving birth,” said Stephanie Van Zandt, MD, Morton Plant Mease Health Care OB/GYN. “Postnatal massages help reduce stress, fatigue, backaches, headaches, postpartum depression and reduce fluid retention for new moms.“

Morton Plant Mease also offers a wide array of support groups for new moms and Baby Boot Camp, a fitness class to help new moms get back into shape after having a baby. Baby Boot Camp incorporates strength-training exercises with cardiovascular drills and core exercises designed to have fun with your child, ages six weeks to four years old. Morton Plant Mease is the first hospital-based Baby Boot Camp program in the nation. For more information on services, visit 

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at