Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance

October 15th is the national day of pregnancy and infant loss remembrance.  It is a day that allows us all to take a moment from our busy lives to recognize the loss of life during or after a pregnancy.  For those who have experienced these losses, I know you probably think about it on a daily basis.  I thought I would take a moment to express the pregnancy loss side of things from an obstetrical provider’s point of view.

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Placenta: To Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question

The placenta is your body's only disposable organ. It contains a network of tissue and blood vessels that allows for the exchange of nutrients and gases between the mother and the fetus. It removes waste products and carbon dioxide from the fetus. It is the blood barrier between the maternal and fetal circulation. Some antibodies can pass from mother to fetus helping protect from some diseases. It functions as an endocrine organ making some hormones. These functions we can all accept. The question being addressed in this post is, "Is it worth eating?"

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The Pink Pill: Part 2

As “the pink pill” (brand name Addyi, generic  name flibanserin)  was approved in August, I thought it would timely to post a few initial observations.  

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Genetic Screening With Cell-Free DNA: Breaking it Down to the Basics

For those of you who are currently pregnant or had a recent pregnancy, you may be somewhat familiar with the test called “Cell-Free DNA”.  This is a non invasive screening tool now being offered to our pregnant patients.  Let’s examine the most important aspects of this test together.

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Sharks, Your Period, and You (Queue the Music)

With all the shark attacks on the coast of North Carolina this summer (seven since June 11), we thought it would be timely to address the question of whether or not it is safe to swim in the ocean while menstruating?

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Decreased Libido and "The Little Pink Pill"

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), commonly called “decreased libido”, affects approximately 10% of the female population across all age groups according to the International Society for Sexual Medicine.  With new national news organizations introducing the "little pink pill" I thought it would be a good time to review HSDD.

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10 Contractions: It's Worth the Wait

Even with traffic, it is likely around 10 contractions (if you are in active labor) on the drive from Wakemed North to Wakemed on New Bern Ave.  As I mentioned in my prior blog post, we very much want to take care of you during the pregnancy, the delivery, and the postpartum time frame.  Here are some reasons why we feel the 10 contraction drive is worth it:

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WakeMed North: The Kamm McKenzie Plan

With the upcoming grand opening of WakeMed’s newest facility in North Raleigh, we are getting a lot of questions about our practice and delivery location(s).  I thought it would be a good idea to explain our plans in this forum and hope that you all understand our decision.  

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Allergy Season and Pollen Relief

Pollen season is upon us, coloring  - and covering - everything in its path bright yellow!  If you are  pregnant this time of year, you may have noticed an increase in your symptoms whether you’ve  previously suffered from allergies or not. Often times pregnancy will cause a flare in your allergies, and  what used to be just a mild annoyance is now a full on attack of your eyes, nose and throat.

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Birth Plans: One Doctor's Point of View

Most of our patients have some sort of birth plan.  Some are super simple and others are ten pages long.  Some patients don’t even write it down.  They just tell me “Dr. B, we just want a healthy mom and a healthy baby.”

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