What Prenatal Lab Tests should I have Done?

By on February 20, 2018

What Prenatal Lab Tests should I have Done?

If you are pregnant, you may be wondering what tests you should have performed in order to properly monitor and manage your pregnancy. As with many obstetrical care groups, our practice recommends several tests to assess maternal well-being during pregnancy; these include: Blood type and antibody screen: This assesses antigens on your red blood cells,

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Anemia in Pregnancy

By on January 30, 2018

Anemia in Pregnancy

Anemia is a medical condition in which your blood does not contain enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. These red blood cells and hemoglobin help to bind the oxygen, then transporting oxygen to cells throughout the body. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to developing anemia since they are producing more blood to support the

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Indications of Operative Vaginal Delivery

By on January 23, 2018

Indications of Operative Vaginal Delivery

When spontaneous vaginal delivery is not an option, your Doctor may suggest that your delivery be completed using a technique called operative vaginal delivery. Operative vaginal delivery includes the use of forceps or vacuum to assist in the delivery of a baby. The use of forceps or vacuum is reasonable when an operative intervention to

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Is My Medication Safe During Pregnancy?

By on January 10, 2018

Is My Medication Safe During Pregnancy?

A legitimate concern for women is the safety of medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. Many wonder whether their medications are harmful to the baby. While many over the counter medications are probably safe, the “safety” of a particular medication is not always clearly defined, information can be conflicting, and it can be hard to find

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Understanding Fetal Anemia

By on January 5, 2018

Understanding Fetal Anemia

The following blog is a summary of the Fetal Anemia Patient Handout, created by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine with the help of Stephen Bacak, DO, MPH and T. Flint Porter, MD. What is Fetal Anemia? Fetal Anemia can occur when a fetus’ red blood cell count decreases prior to delivery. Red blood cells are

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Understanding “The Pill”

By on December 18, 2017

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While oral contraceptives have been around for many years, a number of economic, technological, and social obstacles had to be overcome before it would become available to patients. Present day, oral contraceptives are widely used and accepted as one of the most effective methods of birth control when used properly. Many patients think of their

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Does Hormonal Contraception Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

By on December 13, 2017

Does Hormonal Contraception Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the association between the use of hormonal contraception (oral contraceptives, hormone-releasing IUD’s, hormonal patches, hormone-releasing vaginal rings) and breast cancer. The authors looked at data from 1.8 million women ages 15 to 49 in Denmark, followed on average for 10.9 years.  They found

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What is Chronic Hypertension?

By on December 5, 2017

What is Chronic Hypertension?

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure and chronic hypertension refers to patients who had high blood pressure before they became pregnant or developed it early in pregnancy.  This is different from a special kind of high blood pressure that some women get during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia.  Pre-eclampsia usually develops in the second

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

By on November 28, 2017

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

Many women who have experienced a cesarean section wonder whether they should attempt a vaginal birth in a subsequent pregnancy.  Making this decision is not easy and should consider the risks and benefits of VBAC, the reasons for a prior cesarean section, and future family planning. What are the risks of attempting vaginal birth after

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