Induction of Labor

By on September 17, 2020

Dr. Michelle Santoyo returns to Healthful Woman to talk about inducing labor with Dr. Fox. In this episode, they discuss why an OB/GYN would choose to induce labor, what the process is like, and what patients should know.   Why Induce Labor?  Dr. Santoyo explains that there are three major reasons why labor might be induced: for


Fast Facts about Endometriosis

By on September 11, 2020

Endometriosis is a relatively common disease which occurs when uterine tissue, including endometrial glands and stroma, grow outside of the uterus. About 1 in 10 women in the U.S. have endometriosis, although the disease is often under-diagnosed and may be even more common. Here are eight facts about endometriosis you may not be aware of:    Endometriosis often


What is a Genetic Counselor and How Can they Help Me?

By on August 28, 2020

Genetics is a complicated subject, but many parents have concerns about whether they may pass down a genetic condition to their child. If this sounds like you, scheduling an appointment with a genetic counselor can help you develop the best plan for your pregnancy.   What is a Genetic Counselor?  A genetic counselor is a health care


What Causes Abnormal Bleeding Between Periods?

By on August 13, 2020

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Bleeding between periods can be a worrisome symptom, but there are many causes for irregular vaginal bleeding, and not all are cause for serious concern. It’s important to see your doctor whether you have spotting or heavier bleeding outside of your regular period, but it’s also helpful to know what the causes could potentially be before


Meet Dr. Melka

By on July 28, 2020

On the Healthful Woman podcast, Dr. Fox regularly interviews colleagues and members of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates team so audiences can get to know them. On the episode “I’m Dr. Melka, How Can I Help Ya!”, we were introduced to Dr. Stephanie Melka, a board certified OBGYN who joined MFM Associates in 2012. You can listen to


Am I In Labor?

By on July 22, 2020

When you go into labor, it’s important to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. However, especially for first-time mothers, it can be confusing or stressful to feel uninformed about what exactly labor feels like. Dr. Michelle Santoyo explains three key things patients should look for that indicate labor are contractions, loss of fluid, and bleeding. Here are a few


Why Maternal Mental Health Matters

By on May 21, 2020

After giving birth, it’s normal for the focus to be on your baby getting the care it needs with appointments and regular checkups. What’s not so common is making sure that mothers get the mental health care they need postpartum. After childbirth, it’s completely normal to experience emotions that are extremely difficult to manage on top of taking care of your new


Coping with Infant and Pregnancy Loss

By on May 8, 2020

Pregnancy loss is a tragedy that most couples bear in silence for many different reasons. At any stage of pregnancy, it can be extremely difficult to grieve and cope with loss, but it’s important to know that there are resources available that can help. Here’s what to know about pregnancy and infant loss and what to do


The Benefits and Risks of Supplements During Pregnancy 

By on May 7, 2020

Reviewed By: Casey Seiden MS, RD, CDN, DCES It can feel overwhelming to walk down the supplements aisle at the pharmacy, especially since taking supplements seems like a regular part of keeping yourself healthy. The reality, though, is that it can be helpful to take a second look at supplements and their benefits and risks. There’s