Monthly Archives: September 2019

Take 2 – Impeachment inquiry, conversion therapy, voter registration and more

2News Anchor Heidi Hatch meets with former Utah lawmakers Jim Dabakis (D) and Greg Hughes (R) on the Take 2 podcast to discuss the recent hearing from the  Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing that took public comment on rules for conversion therapy.

The controversial, pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions was a heated topic at the Thursday hearing.

Other issues the panel debated included:

  • Utah 9th best state for teachers considering salary and cost of living and the possibility for advancement. However,  Utah is 49th for student-teacher ratio and 50th for spending on students.
  • Voter registration deadlines coming.
  • Tribune Investigation into Governor Cabinet member’s “side hustle”
  • Impeachment inquiry

Preventing pre-term births

Pre-term births  can happen to any expectant mother. Doctors says right now, they do not know all of the causes of pre-term birth, but there are some risk factors that can increase the chance of one.

Jade Elliott sat down with Sean Esplin, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Intermountain Healthcare, to discuss pre-term birth, the causes and how technology is helping doctors learn more about it.

Common causes or risk factors that increase the chance of pre-term birth:

  • Infection is most common. There are different types of infections and it depends on how the body responds to that infection.
  • Smoking or substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Short time between pregnancies
  • Expecting multiples, twins, triplets, etc. This is becoming more common. Identical twins who share a placenta are especially risky. 50 percent of twins come early.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Abnormal shape of the uterus or a cervix that is short or weak.
  • Maternal and fetal stress

What kinds of symptoms of preterm labor should a woman call her doctor about?

  • Call your obstetrician or other health care professional right away if you notice any of these signs or symptoms:
  • Change in type of vaginal discharge (watery, mucus, or bloody)
  • Increase in amount of discharge
  • Pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
  • Constant low, dull backache
  • Mild abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea
  • Regular or frequent contractions or uterine tightening, often painless
  • Ruptured membranes (your water breaks with a gush or a trickle of fluid)

For more information on symptoms and risk factors, click here.

Why is it so difficult to prevent pre-term birth?

Of every 100 women, 10 percent will deliver pre-term. Doctors don’t  know which 10 percent. When they have a heads up it’s easier to prevent. There’s a 30-40 percent recurrence rate if a woman has previously had a pre-term birth. In most cases doctors have no prior knowledge that a woman will have pre-term labor or deliver prematurely. Sometimes they can do surgery to stitch the cervix together if it’s opened prematurely. At 20 weeks gestation, it’s standard practice to look at the cervix in an ultrasound. Sometimes doctors insert a pessary device that helps holds the cervix closed. Sometimes doctors do everything we can, but we can’t stop the labor.

This is the Instagram account mentioned on this episode, @imamom2be.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

Weekly Huddle podcast: Will BYU or Utah overcome its challenges the quickest

It’s another edition of the Weekly Huddle podcast and Dave Fox has a full house with him! Former Ute QB Frank Dolce, former BYU RB Alema Harrington and former Utah St. QB Riley Jensen breaking down this weeks game. Dave feeds them four multiple choice questions and actually leaves them speechless on a couple of them.

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Take 2 – Topless Utah women, cannabis grow in Corrine, ‘red flag’ gun laws & more

**Warning: Viewer advised that an expletive is said in this podcast and in the video.**
This week, 2News Anchor Heidi Hatch posed some heavy-hitting questions to former Utah lawmakers Jim Dabakis (D) and Greg Hughes (R) on the Take 2 podcast.

The panel discussed the following topics:

  • Utah Women can go topless,
  • Climate Change in Utah,
  • Driver’s License Division allowing law enforcement to scan your ID,
  • John Swallow’s big payout,
  • Cannabis in Corrine Utah,
  • Salt Lake County Mayor heads to the border,
  • Utahns favor “red flag” gun laws.

Childproofing your home

Cooler weather is coming and kids will be playing indoors more often. Whether you have young children who visit or you’re bringing home a new baby, fall is a good time to reduce the risk of injury inside your house. It’s also good to make sure your safety efforts and devices are up to standard and in good working condition.

Jade Elliott sits down with Jessica Strong, Community Outreach Manager, Primary Children’s Hospital, on this episode of the Baby Your Baby Podcast. Together, they discuss how to make your home safe for kids.

Falls are a leading cause of injury at home.

  • Don’t leave babies alone on beds, changing tables, or sofas.
  • Secure furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, anchors, or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
  • Keep a locked gate at the top and bottom of stairs. Replace older safety gates that are large enough to entrap a child’s head and neck.
  • Always strap children into highchairs, swings, bouncers, and strollers.
  • Keep windows closed and locked


  • Use an infant sleep sack instead of loose blankets to keep baby warm.
  • Remove pillows and all other loose items (blankets, toys) from an infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of suffocation.
  • No older cribs w/drop sides

Heating elements

  • Cover all radiators and baseboard heaters with childproof screens.
  • Keep electrical space heaters at least 3 feet from beds, curtains, or anything flammable.
  • Unplug and store all hot appliances, such as curling irons, out of reach.
  • When cooking, turn pan handles toward the back of the stove.


  • Store medicines and products in their original containers.
  • Lock medicines and household products where children cannot see them or reach them.
  • Call medicine by its proper name, not “candy”.
  • Use a carbon monoxide alarm to help prevent poisoning.
  • Keep the Poison Control Center’s number handy, such as a fridge magnet or programmed into your phone, 1-800-222-1222.

Other safety measures

  • Learn CPR and first aid.
  • Use Anti-Scald Devices for faucets and shower heads and set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent burns.
  • Use corner bumpers on furniture and fireplaces to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges.
  • Cordless window coverings are recommended to help prevent strangulation.  If your blinds were installed in 2000 or earlier and you cannot afford cordless window coverings, visit the Window Covering Safety Council.

To see Jade and Jessica walk through a home and demonstrate what they are talking about on the podcast, click here.

For more information and keeping your child safe, click here.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

The Weekly Huddle: Utah visits USC, BYU faces Washington, USU at SDSU

The Weekly Huddle podcast is back to recap BYU’s huge win at home against the USC Trojans and look ahead to a big week for all three of Utah’s FBS teams.

Former Ute quarterback Frank Dolce and former Utah State quarterback Riley Jensen answer the questions: What does BYU’s win over USC mean for Utah when they take on the Trojans on Friday? Can BYU make it back to back wins at home against Pac-12 teams? How will Utah State fare on the road in their MWC Opener against San Diego State? Listen and subscribe to the Weekly Huddle Podcast here:

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Take 2 podcast: Dabakis is back as Utah wrestles with medical marijuana

The Take 2 podcast welcomes back former Utah lawmaker Jim Dabakis, representing Democrats and speaking about the latest political topics with former Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes.

Host Heidi Hatch takes the two through topics that include a possible special session of the Utah Legislature to tackle the unfinished system of medical marijuana. They respond as one mother says she could lose her children because she uses CBD.

They also talk about Jeff Burningham, who recently threw his hat into the ring to be Utah’s next govenor. He is already $200,000 ahead of front runner Spencer Cox in fundraising.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes backs the maker of guns in the appeal of the Sandy Hook shooting. Ten states and nearly two dozen members of Congress are joining the NRA in supporting gunmaker Remington Arms and it fights a Connecticut court ruling involving the liability for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The Weekly Huddle: Looking ahead to BYU hosting USC, Utah vs. Idaho State

Our all-star panel of experts looks forward to week 3 of the football season as BYU welcomes USC to Provo and Utah welcomes Idaho State. 

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Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy. Like other kinds of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how the body processes glucose or sugar, causing glucose levels to be higher than they should be.

Jade Elliott sits down with Emily Hart Hayes, a Certified Nurse Midwife with Intermountain Healthcare, on this episode of the Baby Your Baby Podcast. Together they discuss how to prevent gestational diabetes and how to manage it.

How common is gestational diabetes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2 and 10 percent of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes.

Why does it happen during pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones can make it harder for insulin to move glucose from your blood into other cells in your body.

How can diet and exercise help you prevent or manage gestational diabetes?

We know gestational diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to process glucose normally. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet low in sugar, and getting regular exercise all help the body keep blood sugar under control. Exercise is especially important because it helps the body be more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that allows cells to use blood sugar for energy).

Is gestational diabetes routinely tested for during pregnancy? When and how?

Yes, most women will be tested for gestational diabetes. Typically, we test for this between 24- 28 weeks gestation (at the end of the 2nd trimester or beginning of the 3rd trimester). This usually involves drinking a sugary drink with a set amount of glucose in it, then measuring the blood glucose level an hour later to see how the body is able to process that sugar. For women who have risk factors, they may be tested early in pregnancy during the 1st trimester.

What are the warning signs for gestational diabetes?

Most people with gestational diabetes don’t have any symptoms, which is why it’s so important to test for this during routine pregnancy care.

What are the risk factors?

  • Being overweight or obese,
  • Family history of type 2 diabetes,
  • Have previously given birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds
  • Have had gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy
  • Women who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander

Women considering pregnancy can help start the pregnancy out as healthy as possible by eating healthy and exercising to help reduce the chances of developing this disease and give their baby the best possible start in life. For women who have a body mass index in the obese or overweight category, they may reduce their risk of diabetes by losing weight prior to pregnancy.

For more information on gestational diabetes, click here.

The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.

Take 2: Rep. Chris Stewart talks intelligence briefings, gun reform & nat’l debt

2News Anchor Heidi Hatch speaks with Rep. Chris Stewart (R-2nd Dist.) in this week’s Take 2 podcast.

The duo discussed the congressman’s recent travels for intelligence briefings and the $54 million earmarked for Hill Air Force Base that President Trump took to allocated to the border wall. They also talked about the likelihood of gun reform when Congress is back in session on Monday.