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What's Up With the Cup?

A patient asked me last week if it is ok if she uses a Diva Cup (a brand of menstrual cup).  I confidently said, “Sure, as long as it is working for you.” After the appointment I decided I better educate myself more, as while still not used with popular frequency, we are getting more and more questions in the office about menstrual cup use.  So who better to tell you all about them than someone who has never used one and never will have a need to?!?!  But like many topics in our blog series, I will do my best to research and describe some basics, pros, and cons of menstrual cups.

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Ooh La La! L'Amour: Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and February is heart health awareness month.  I figured I would use this opportunity to share some interesting facts about heart health as it pertains to some Valentine’s day favorites; namely, wine, dark chocolate and the French.

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Do's and Don'ts of Winter Skin Care in Pregnancy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, January is a time many turn their focus to self-care. Exercise, mindfulness, and healthier diets are often part of the New Year’s intentions.  A skin care routine while you're pregnant can, too, be an important part of your self-care ritual. Here, we’ll run through some do’s and don’ts of winter skin care in pregnancy.

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Vaginal Seeding: Fact or Fiction?

Every once in a while at the office we are asked by our pregnant patients if “vaginal seeding” is offered or not to our patients who have a C-section.  If this term is new to you, the American College of OBGYN (ACOG) Committee Opinion on vaginal seeding defines it as “the practice of inoculating cotton gauze or a cotton swab with vaginal fluids to transfer the vaginal flora to the mouth, nose, or skin of a newborn infant. The intended purpose of vaginal seeding is to transfer maternal vaginal bacteria to the newborn.”

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5 Helpful Tips for Recovering After C-Section Surgery

Whenever possible, we support a vaginal birth as long as it is a viable, healthy option for both mother and baby. However, in some cases, a C-section may be necessary. Sometimes recovery may feature unexpected elements, so we wanted to offer these 5 tips for recovering after your procedure.

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Infertility Myth Busters: We Explore Common Misconceptions About Getting Pregnant

Perhaps you have a friend who swore to you that she got pregnant by having sex in the missionary position and then holding her legs up in the air for 20 minutes. She probably meant well, but that’s not proven advice. Continue reading as we explore common misconceptions about getting pregnant, such as "you need to have an orgasm during sex," and debunk them.

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Uterine Hemorrhaging: Donate Blood and Save a Life

Any obstetrician, nurse, medical assistant, tech, anesthesiologist, etc who spends enough time on labor and delivery will witness a patient hemorrhage around the time of delivery.  This blog explores risk factors for obstetrical hemorrhage and encourages you to donate blood.

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Koop Kam Update: To Hatch, or Not To Hatch...

August 28, 2018 “To hatch, or not to hatch, that is the question.”   Two happenings in the Kamm McKenzie Koop today.  Some good news, and some not so good news.  First the bad news.  I’m not sure just how to break it to Miss Frizzle, but her eggs are sterile.  I brought a pen light into work today and “candled” the eggs, which is to say transilluminated them and see if there was a chicken embryo in there.  Nada, and it is day 15 out of 21 days of gestation.  If the light shines through and the whole egg glows, ain’t nothing going on in there.  If there is a dark spot, that spot is a developing chick.   Here is a chart:     Here is one of Miss Frizzle’s eggs:   Now for the good news (maybe).  We have 4 Silkie chickens.  You can’t tell if they are a boy or a girl until they either “lay an egg or crow”, according to the gentleman from whom they were purchased ...

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Things That Start With the Letter "C"

Some of you are aware that, yes, we do have chickens at our Computer Drive office. That starts with the letter “C”, but this blog post isn’t about them. Cesarean section starts with the letter “C”; let’s talk about that for a bit. I was compiling some data to share with an insurance company who has recently developed a product that doesn’t include WakeMed or Duke as an option for people who end up with that insurance plan. That limits your choice.

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Labor Day Chicks?

I noticed some different activity from our Miss Frizzle today. She spent the majority of her day sitting in one of the nesting boxes. We have had tiny eggs for about three weeks now, and I am not real sure who has been laying them.

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