It is the season for sniffles, coughs and chicken soup. Medical providers frequently recommend getting a head start in October on warding off the flu with a flu shot. Does this advice apply to pregnant women? Dr. Sarah Payne from Premier OBGYN answers all your questions. [ read more ]
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Play Minecraft in a movie theater this Saturday and compete for prizes!

[ Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Do your kids love Minecraft? This weekend on Saturday morning, instead of just playing at home, they can enjoy the game while meeting new friends as part of a local team representing Denver, thanks to Super League Gaming and their Minecraft City Champs tournament, run in partnership with Nickelodeon. It’s like little league for Minecraft players! Fun, positive, and a special opportunity to get out and play with other kids their age. Past players clearly have had a GREAT time!

Tickets are on sale now. The tournament begins on Sat. Oct 21st and continues for the following three Saturdays. One skilled player has a chance to win a HUGE prize for his or her family – 4 tickets to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2018, including round-trip airfare to LA, 2 nights in a hotel and a $500 spending allowance. There will be other giveaways for all players, including an official Denver Drakes team jersey!

While you may find it challenging to pull your little ones away from their iPad or Xbox, the truth is that playing Minecraft (and video games in general) can be beneficial for your kids on many levels, including problem-solving, building self-confidence, enhancing creativity, understanding teamwork, and improving academic performance.

Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament is in its 3rd season, so the company knows how to provide a well-organized experience for your Minecrafter. The events take place in a movie theater, which means players also get to see their favorite game on the big screen! It’s ideal for kids 6-14, who will love the custom game modes designed by Super League.

To learn more and get tickets while spots are available, visit Super League’s Minecraft City Champs Denver Event Details Page.

Parents attend for free, although Super League provides full coverage if you need to drop off. Of course, if you’re there, you can cheer on your Minecrafter to victory! Read the full story »
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Should pregnant women get flu shots?

[ Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Sarah S. Payne, MD, Premier Integrated OBGYN

It is the season for sniffles, coughs and chicken soup. Medical providers frequently recommend getting a head start in October on warding off the flu with a flu shot. Does this advice apply to pregnant women?

Believe it or not, the flu vaccine can have a double benefit for pregnant moms: the flu shot not only protects moms, but also protects babies from getting the flu. Once born, babies cannot get the flu shot until they are at least six months old. So, after a pregnant mom gets vaccinated, she passes antibodies on to her developing baby. These antibodies go on to protect baby from the flu for several months after birth.

Who should get a flu shot?

Regardless the stage of pregnancy, it is recommended that all pregnant woman get the inactivated flu vaccine early in the flu season, which typically runs from October through May. In reality, however, the vaccine can be administered at any time. Our practice is recommending that all of our pregnant patients be vaccinated by the end of October.

The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that all pregnant women get the flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy to protect themselves and their newborn babies from the flu. Women can also get the flu vaccine postpartum and while they are breastfeeding. Pregnant women should get the inactivated flu vaccine. The live attenuated flu vaccine (nasal mist) is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

It is also recommended that the entire family, including grandparents and caregivers, be vaccinated.

Catching the flu can be dangerous for moms

Getting sick with the flu can be a very scary situation for pregnant moms and for the providers that care for them. Because of the changes that happen to the body during pregnancy, pregnant moms are at a much higher risk of having severe complications from the flu. Changes to the immune system, heart, and lungs make pregnant women more prone to severe illness and illness requiring hospitalization from the flu.

Pregnant women who get the flu are also at a higher risk of having preterm labor and preterm birth. High fever from the flu can lead to birth defects and other problems with unborn babies. This can easily be prevented by getting a flu shot and getting it early.

There are very few contraindications or medical reasons why someone should not get a flu shot when pregnant. It is important to tell your doctor if you have ever had a severe reaction to the flu shot in the past. Research indicates that many people with an egg allergy can still receive a flu vaccine, but it is important to talk to your doctor before you are immunized. If you have ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any component of the flu vaccine, including egg protein, you should NOT get the flu shot.

Signs and symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. If you are currently pregnant and think that you have the flu, it is important to call your doctor’s office immediately. If caught early enough, there may be treatment options, including a prescription medication that can lessen the symptoms and duration of the flu virus.

One question we get frequently from pregnant patients in our office is, “What if I’m exposed to someone who has the flu?” The flu virus is easily spread through the air and from person to person when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or speaks. If you are pregnant and someone close to you at work or at home has the flu, you should call your doctor’s office immediately. There is a prescription medication that can help prevent a person from getting the flu after a recent or ongoing exposure.

Is there really a link between flu shots and miscarriage?

Lastly, I think it is important to mention a recent publication that came out in September. This publication showed a possible link between the flu vaccine and a higher rate of miscarriages in early pregnancy. The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology both agree that there is not enough scientific evidence to fully back these claims. According to multiple well-designed studies, there is no known association between the flu vaccine and an increase in miscarriages. Both groups agree that the actual flu virus poses a greater risk to mom and baby and both groups continue to strongly recommend that all pregnant women get the flu vaccine in any trimester for the protection of both mom and baby.

If you have any questions about your health during pregnancy or family planning, please feel free to make an appointment with my office, Premier Integrated OBGYN, in Lowry (coming soon to Stapleton and Wash Park). Visit us online at or call (303) 393-4330.

About Sarah Payne, MD
Dr. Payne practices Obstetrics and Gynecology at Premier Integrated OBGYN in Lowry (coming soon to Stapleton and Wash Park). After graduating in the top 10 percent of her medical school class, she completed her internship and residency in OB/GYN at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Dr. Payne loves delivering babies and she offers compassionate, holistic care to women from their teens through menopause. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband, three children, and their yellow lab. To make an appointment with Dr. Payne, schedule online at Premier Integrated OBGYN  or call (303) 393-4330.

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Win Tickets Before You Can Buy Them to "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, King for a Day!"

[ Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | 0 comments ]

The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show for 2017-2018! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country.

Now in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to Denver with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day!

When: Saturday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Bellco Theatre, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Tickets: Start at $25.00 plus applicable service fees (go on-sale Friday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. and are available at, 888-929-7849 or the Denver Coliseum Box Office (open on Saturdays 11AM-3PM)

A special pre-sale is available just for Stapleton Moms readers - on Thursday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. you can buy tickets for the 2:00 show here or 5:30 show here using the password LIVE.

You can also win tickets before you can buy them through Stapleton Moms! Simply find the post about Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE! on the Stapleton Moms Facebook page, then like and comment on the post to enter the drawing to win two tickets to the 2:00 p.m. show! (If you share the post, you'll be entered twice!) Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, November 2 at noon. Good luck!

Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and SURPRISE guests along the way! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day!... a royally great time!

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Celebrate World Cultures with Denver Language School's Night Market October 7

[ Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Denver Language School's Night Market is back for its second year, celebrating the cultures of Asia or Latin America in our own backyard! It’s free and open to the public, and will feature games, performances, food, and a silent auction to support a fantastic K-8 language immersion school. Come one, come all!

Can't come but want to help? You can make a donation online at (the classes are competing, so be sure to specify if you want your donation to help a particular class!).

What: Second Annual Denver Language School Night Market

Where: George Washington High School, 655 South Monaco Street, Denver, CO 80224

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 3:30-7:00pm

More Info:

New this year in addition to performances and carnival games:
  • Bouncy obstacle course
  • Dance party from 6-7 featuring DJ Andy
  • More spacious carnival area
  • Bigger Silent Auction
  • Field Day games
Featuring the some of the best International Food Trucks in Denver:
  • Roll It Up Sushi
  • Taj Palace (Indian and Vegetarian)
  • Lomito Gourmet (Peruvian)
  • The Crepe Cart (Savory or Sweet)
  • Blackjack Pizza
  • Rocky Mountain Snowflakes (Shave Ice)
  • Backyard Soda
Performance schedule:
  • 4:00 p.m. Kinder and 1st-grade students
  • 4:20 p.m. Guitar
  • 4:30 p.m. Modern Shakespeare
  • 4:40 p.m. 2nd- and 3rd-grade students
  • 5:00 p.m. Musical Theater
  • 5:20 p.m. 4th- and 5th-grade students
  • 5:40 p.m. Peruvian Dancers
  • 6:00 p.m. Dance Party hosted by DJ Andy

#NightMarketNow2017 // tag your your social media & search for event photos and info // Instagram // Facebook

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Make and Fly a Japanese Kite September 30-October 1 in Central Park

[ Friday, September 22, 2017 | 0 comments ]
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The Japan America Society of Colorado is hosting a free, family and child-friendly cultural event in Stapleton's Central Park on Sunday, October 1st from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki is visiting Colorado and will be in the park flying his masterpiece kites, encouraging kids to make and/or fly their own kite, and just have a great time.

If you're interested in making your own kites prior to the event, Mikio Toki will hold two Japanese Kite-Making Workshops on Saturday, September 30 at 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Central Park Rec Center. A $5 workshop fee covers the cost of materials.

Let's go fly a kite!

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