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Coronavirus: Part 3 (Updated Pregnancy Data)

I have previously written that there is limited clear information on pregnancy and Covid; however, based on other respiratory viruses it was felt that pregnant women would be at an increased risk of infection. But early data from other parts of the world had not quite proven this to be the case for Covid. It was felt preliminarily that the risks to pregnant women were similar to age and comorbidity matched non pregnant women. There is some newer data to suggest pregnant women may indeed be at a higher risk. Let’s dive into it.

My Commitment to Equality

I’ve been at a loss for words with regards to how I wanted to address a blog post on racial equality as it pertains to my professional career.  There is national data on obstetrical and gynecological outcomes that show racial disparities.  Then there is what I can do on the micro-level of my practice or even the care I provider as an individual.  I want to explore both of those to shed some light on where I can improve. 

Who's Anxious? I am. It's the "New Normal"

We are about a month into our stay-at-home, social distancing, quarantine, “new normal” lifestyles and I wanted to take a minute to write about mental health in times like these. Is anyone out there not more anxious than normal?!?  There are just endless new things to worry about on top of what was present before, am I right?

The Virtue of Virtual Visits

I hope this blog finds you all healthy and safe.  We greatly appreciate everyone practicing social distancing, as it keeps you well, decreases Corona spread, and ultimately (and selfishly) keeps fewer people in the hospital or our office who are sick or carriers thus reducing our chances of getting sick or spreading disease.  At Kamm McKenzie we are doing many virtual visits now.  How does this work? Who is a candidate? What can you do virtually instead of in person?  Let’s do our best to answer these questions. We are here to help you, and we really need our Kamm McKenzie patients support us as well during this crazy time.


Coronavirus: Part 2

This blog will share the most recent information that was distributed to us by the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (these are the high-risk pregnancy experts).  My goal is to explain the information in an easy to understand way.

Coronavirus

I hate to break the news to you, but it seems like this new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to make its way around.  I hope I am wrong and that diligent self quarantine will minimize exposure in the USA and we can all dodge a bullet. However, we want our office and our patients to be as best prepared as possible.

Fetal Movement: What's Normal?

Everyday we get a wide variety of questions from expecting moms about their babies’ movements inside.  When should I feel it? Why is my baby moving so much? Why can’t I feel my baby moving enough? What’s this weird thing I am feeling? Is my baby ok?  Let’s take a few minutes to review fetal movement from the beginning.

WakeMed Hospital Grade: Still Top Notch for OBGYN

A few patients over the last several weeks have asked us about the recently publicized “ health grade” WakeMed Raleigh got from the LeapFrog group. It got a “C” which at first glance is NOT what you want to see right? We, as a group not owned/operated by WakeMed would never do business at WakeMed if we were not fully comfortable in the quality of care our patients can get there. The local media failed to accentuate the positives about the obstetrical services provided at WakeMed by Leapfrog this year, so we would like to take a minute to highlight those areas.

New Update on Sleeping Position in Pregnancy

Pregnant? We have good news! Obstetrics & Gynecology, the go-to journal for our little niche in medicine, recently published new findings on sleep position in pregnancy. For years and years we have been telling patients to sleep on their sides, left side more than right if you can tolerate it, because older studies suggested an increased stillbirth rate for those that did not. Well, now a new study was just published, and I think you will like the results.

The Importance of Exercise in the Post Menopausal Years

Exercise is always an important part of overall health. Exercising in the postmenopausal years is no exception. Especially as it pertains to bone health. Obviously, there are other health benefits of staying active during these years. Decrease in hot flashes, improved mental health, improved cardiovascular health, and weight control.

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