Category Archives: Obstetrics

Should I have a birth plan?

  by Bailey K. Cannon, MD We get this question a lot. You may have heard about birth plans from your friends, the internet, or even the hospital. What is a birth plan? It is a document that states your … Continue reading

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Getting Pregnant!

Becoming pregnant can be fun, happy, exciting, or sometimes unplanned. Knowing how it happens is very useful information to make it easier to achieve when desired, and to be avoided if that is the goal.   The average menstrual cycle … Continue reading

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Hypertension in Pregnancy

One of the most significant developments in Obstetrics for 2013 was the publication of a 99-page report by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Hypertension in Pregnancy. Hypertension (elevated blood pressure) affects over 10% of all pregnancies and there … Continue reading

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Cell free DNA for Prenatal Genetic Testing

Prenatal detection of chromosome abnormalities has been available for over 40 years. Amniocentesis started in the early 1970s and then chorionic villus sampling (CVS) in the 1980s. Given that increasing maternal age is associated with a higher risk of genetic … Continue reading

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Morning Sickness of Pregnancy

Some of my patients have nausea and vomiting of pregnancy to such an extent that they have the severe symptoms of persistent vomiting, acute starvation (with ketones in the urine) and weight loss more than 5 per cent of their … Continue reading

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Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

Many people don’t understand the need for immunization because they have not personally been exposed to the devastating effects of infection or disease. But the danger is there: according to a report from Trust for America’s Health, approximately 50,000 Americans … Continue reading

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Gestational Diabetes now has a new test.

Gestational Diabetes mellitus (GDM) is carbohydrate intolerance that begins or is first recognized during pregnancy. It is associated with increased maternal, fetal and neonatal risks. The prevalence of it is increasing in the U.S. probably due to the increasing rates … Continue reading

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Breast-Feeding Myths

 In the early 1970s less than 25% of new mothers tried to breast-feed their newborns. Now 75% of infants are receiving some breast milk. There is still much controversy about breast-feeding, as mothers that don’t breast-feed are often criticized, and … Continue reading

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Did Lady Sybil Have to Die?

Last week one of the most popular shows on television, “Downtown Abbey,” had one of its main characters, sweet Lady Sybil, die suddenly and without warning as a result of preeclampsia. Those of us who work in Obstetrics are well … Continue reading

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Apps for Obstetrics!

Apps can be very helpful. I’m always asking my patients which apps they like for pregnancy. These are some that have been recommended to me: 1. My Days – Period and Ovulation This free, accurate app has is very helpful … Continue reading

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