Medical Outreach Team, Update 10

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Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all of our mamas in the US!

Today was a day of celebration and farewells. We were blessed to worship with our Zulu brothers and sisters at Grace Evangelical Church – and what a celebration of God’s faithfulness it was!  We danced, shouted with joy, tried to clap to the beat, and uttered the little Zulu that we know.  As we sang one of my favorite Zulu hymns “Beyethe, Nkosi! (We bow before our God and King)”, I was reminded of what a mighty God we serve. The sounds of the Zulu people filled the room as we celebrated His goodness.

There were many special moments in the service today.  Bob, Esther, Geri, and Karen did a small craft with 40 Sunday school kids. They were filled with glee as they saw their handprint in paint on a memento to take home. All of the mamas on the team (Cathy, Karen, Maribeth, and Anna) and the church were called to the front of the church to honor us for Mother’s Day. As we danced to the front of the church, the gogos (grandmas) danced with no inhibition as they were called upon one at a time to honor them.  It was a joyous and extremely special moment. We also dedicated the new ACM daycare. Sharon shared the story of Kenny and God’s faithfulness in providing for ACM over the years. The daycare will now bear the name of “Kenny’s Creche” in honor of Kenny and serve as a remembrance of God’s provision and plan. The team also said their farewells to the church as next week at this time we will be home.

The afternoon was spent in rest, reflection, and fun.  We will spend tomorrow serving the ACM staff and Grace Evangelical Church members at our fourth clinic and will prepare for our last clinic up in the mountains.  Clay and a small team of people will start on a mural at the new daycare.  It will be full of whimsical African animals – so I am told.

We pray that all of you at home are healthy and well.  Please continue to pray for strength, endurance, and that we would finish strong.

We love you all!

Anna (for the team)

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

Medical Outreach Team, Update 9: Sunday, May 11, 2014

 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Sanibonani!

Greetings everyone from South Africa. We are on our eleventh day of the trip and are grateful to be continuing our work here with the Mafus and the people of eSikhawini. After our day of rest on Sunday, we awoke feeling rested and energized for our fourth clinic today.

Today, we provided care for the Africa Christian Ministries staff and church members. We were happy to be able to serve the many people who have been so great to us on this trip and who have become our friends. The ACM staff have acted as translators, organizers, and helpful hands throughout our clinics, and we could not have been as effective without them. It was a joy to help them with their healthcare needs.

Some of our team members spent the day at the nearby Gubethuka Church creating an amazing mural in the daycare facility. Clay Davis, an automotive designer and talented artist, painted giraffes, elephants, and other animals on the walls, making for a bright and lively space that all can enjoy, especially the children.

We are busy preparing for our fifth and final clinic in the mountain town of Ingwavuma. It will be a long day, as we plan to leave at 5am, but we are looking forward to continue serving God’s people. We are excited to see new faces and hear the stories of the people of Ingwavuma.

The team continues to work well together, and it has been very rewarding to learn more about each individual. For us, the evening prayer meetings together have been some of the most meaningful aspects of the trip. By learning about one another’s life stories, we have become closer and more cohesive as a group.

We are so grateful for all of your support, and we ask for your continued prayers for the remaining tasks ahead. We are thinking about you, and we miss you all very much!

We love you all,
Maribeth and Nick, for the team

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805

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An important message to all of our valued patients!

Our patient portal will be down from May 31st- June 5th, 2014.

We apologize in advance, for any inconvenience this may cause during this time.

We look forward to offering you an updated patient portal as of June 6th, 2014.

You will be receiving an invitation, via email, to register and log into our new patient portal on June 6th. Please anticipate and register at that time.

Sincerely,

The Office of Oakland Macomb OBGYN

Midwife Monday: Sarah Feierabend, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice), CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife)

 Q: Why are you a midwife? What made you choose this profession?

A: I chose the profession of midwifery after seeing a midwife at work during one of my last nursing school rotations. I was riveted by how the midwife was present with the woman during her whole labor and supported her, coached her, and assisted her through the process. Also, it was an unmedicated birth and the woman labored so well in the tub, so in control. As soon as the baby was born, the women just glowed with happiness and pride for powerfully and peacefully birthing her child.

Q: What’s your best moment as a midwife?

A: My favorite moments as a midwife are at each and every birth. I love to see the excitement and reward surrounding the birth of the baby after the hard work of the labor. The faces of the people going through the birth process are priceless and you know it is an experience that they will never forget.

Q: Why would you tell someone to choose a midwife?

A: A midwife is a good fit for someone who wants to be involved in the decision-making regarding their health. Midwives are great for people who feel that the more information they have, the better off they will be. A midwife is a good fit for people who want a provider who will take the time to listen to their concerns and answer their questions.

Q: What don’t people know about midwives?

A: One of our goals as midwives is to educate you on all of the options you have regarding your health and then support you in your decision. We respect women as competent decision makers who are capable of making their own choices.

Q: What’s something about midwives that surprises people?

A: All of the midwives at Oakland Macomb OB/GYN are Certified Nurse Midwives. This means all of the midwives have received their Bachelor’s of Science in nursing and then either a master’s or doctorate in midwifery. A lot of people that I meet outside of the office do not know that 90% of midwife births take place in the hosptial. Many people still think that midwives do only home births, but that is not the case. Also, though midwives specialize in supporting unmedicated births, epidurals are an option that many of our patients choose. When seeing a midwife you have all of the same pain control options that you would with an MD delivery.

Birthing Affirmations

The Midwives at Oakland Macomb OB-GYN are a beautiful alternative to the typical doctor-nurse-patient childbirth relationship. We are proud to have them and to be able to offer a traditional and centuries old option when you walk through the same doors where our award winning doctors practice Obstetrics and Gynecology. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to each of our Midwives, their philosophies and approach to childbirth, and much more. We are one of only a few OBGYN offices nationwide to enthusiastically embrace and include them inside a traditional OBGYN office.

Our Midwives are aware of, and support, hypnobirthing – a straightforward and gentle approach that reminds women that childbirth doesn’t have to be scary and, at its core, is thousands of years old and relatively simple.

As your months of pregnancy roll on, it’s not uncommon to worry and wonder if you really can do it. Many women get scared and develop anxiety issues and one aspect of hypnobirthing is practicing and reciting affirmations. These affirmations are meant to redirect your thoughts and remind yourself that, yes, you can do this and you might only need some slight help from a doctor, nurse or midwife. For thousands of years, women have given birth and it’s as beautiful today as it was at the dawn of time.

Be calm. Breathe deep. Know that you are strong and able. And we invite you to recite and believe you can give birth and your are beautiful.

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Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

Celebrate Yourself and Your Body

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This is truly a must-see video. Dr. Deborah Cohan is an OB/GYN in San Francisco and this video is her just moments before her mastectomy. As she explains in this article, and on her CaringBridge website ..

“My fantasy is for you to play the song  and dance wherever you happen to be (in the kitchen, the carwash, subway platform [Dan!], classroom, Labor and Delivery unit, wherever!) — ideally at 7:30am but really anytime Tuesday. It would be extra remarkable if you could send me a photo (or, better yet, a short video segment) of you dancing (via caringbridge.org or deborahcohan1@gmail.com). I have visions of a healing video montage. Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”

We hope you watch it, share it, and dance. Then send Dr. Cohan a photo or video. Celebrate your health, your body, and your life.

Oh, and by the way, Dr. Cohan went to Amherst College with our own Dr. Love.

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

Protect Yourself and Your Children from Whooping Cough

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Why Whooping Cough is Serious:
Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is a contagious disease that can be passed easily from person to person. It is very serious for babies and can cause them to cough so much that they cannot breathe. Hundreds of babies are hospitalized each year for whooping cough, and some die from it.
Whooping cough can cause adults or teens to have severe coughing that leads to vomiting or broken ribs. They can be hospitalized for pneumonia and miss weeks of work or school. Even worse, they can spread whooping cough to the babies at home.
Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Family:
1. Get Your Tetanus Booster (Tdap)
Everybody in the family should be immunized against whooping cough to protect themselves and the baby at home. Parents should ask their doctor for the Tdap vaccine that includes a tetanus and diphtheria booster and also protects against whooping cough.
2. Make Sure Your Children are Up-to-Date on Their Immunizations
Children 7 years of age and older can also get the new Tdap booster. Infants and toddlers need four shots against whooping cough, and a booster before starting kindergarten.
3. Cover Your Cough and Wash Your Hands
Whooping cough is spread by coughing. Remind everyone to cover their mouths when coughing and to wash their hands often.
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Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

Flu Shot for Pregnant Patients: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am pregnant. Is it recommended to receive the inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shot)?

A: Yes. Flu shots are an effective and safe way to protect you and your baby from serious illness and complications of the flu. The flu shot given during pregnancy helps protect infants younger than 6 months who are too young to be vaccinated and have no other way of receiving influenza antibodies. The flu shot has been given to millions of pregnant women over many years, and flu shots have been shown to be safe for pregnant women and their babies.

Q: During which trimester is it safe to have a flu shot?

A: The flu shot is recommended for pregnant women and can be given at any time during pregnancy. Pregnant women are advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to speak to their health care providers about being immunized.

Q: Which flu vaccine should pregnant women receive?

A: Pregnant women should receive the flu shot, which is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) recommend that pregnant women should receive this vaccine.

Q: Will the flu shot give me the flu?

A: No, you cannot get the flu from receiving the flu vaccine.

Q: Is there a flu vaccine that pregnant women should not receive?

A: Yes. Pregnant women should not receive the nasal spray vaccine, which is made with the live flu virus. The nasal spray vaccine is safe for women after they have given birth, even if they are breastfeeding, and for family members.

Q: Are preservatives in influenza vaccines safe for my baby?

A: Yes. The type of preservative (eg, thimerosal) used in trace amounts in some vaccines has not been shown to be harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. Some women may be concerned about exposure to preservatives during pregnancy. Single-dose influenza vaccines that contain a mercury-free preservative are available through some manufactures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the College recommend that pregnant women may receive the inactivated influenza vaccine with or without thimerosal.

Q: What else can I do to protect my baby against the flu?

A: Getting your flu shot is the most important step in protecting yourself and your baby against the flu. In addition, breastfeeding your baby and making sure other family members and caregivers receive the flu vaccine will further protect your baby.

Q: I am breastfeeding my baby. Is it safe to get vaccinated?

A: Yes. Influenza vaccines can be given to breastfeeding mothers if they were not immunized when they were pregnant. Breastfeeding women can receive either the flu shot or the nasal spray. Breastfeeding mothers pass antibodies through breast milk, which may also reduce the infant’s chances of getting sick with the flu.

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

FAQ with Our Midwives

Our roster of Midwives is LouAnne Case, CNM, Kathy Figurski, CNM, Kathy McLaughlin, CNM, Sarah Feierabend, CNM, Mary Martinovich, CNM, Julie Hansen, CNM.

Our roster of Midwives is LouAnne Case, CNM, Kathy Figurski, CNM, Kathy McLaughlin, CNM, Sarah Feierabend, CNM, Mary Martinovich, CNM, Julie Hansen, CNM.

Last week was National Midwifery Week. We caught up with our Midwives and asked a few questions about what they do and as you’ll see, they are an amazing part of the Oakland Macomb OBGYN team.

Q: What is the biggest misconception about midwives?

A: The biggest misconception is that, as a Certified Nurse Midwife, is that we help the deliver babies at home. We’re at the office and the hospital every day. We assist women in delivering in a hospital setting (not at home). Some of us have been Nurse Midwives and part of Beaumont’s medical staff for almost 20 years. Most people don’t even know that you can birth at Beaumont into the loving hands of a midwife if you choose! The second thing that most people don’t know is that midwives provide Gynecology care to women of all ages. We see young adolescents, childbearing women and even provide care to women in menopause.

Q: What gets you out of bed every day?

A: The greatest part of our jobs is the privilege to provide personal, individualized care to women and their families! It is awesome to witness the birth of a new child and to share that fabulous experience with each family we care for. We get to know our patients really well and we love having that close connection with each and every family.

Q: Tell us why you decided to practice at Oakland Macomb OBGYN?

A: At Oakland Macomb ObGyn, we have the greatest physicians that wholeheartedly support and embrace the midwifery philosophy! They have always been extremely farsighted in knowing that women deserve to have choices in their care. They realize that women who are healthy and low risk can safely deliver into the loving hands of midwives while having a collaborative practice with the physicians. We work really well together….they respect what the midwives can do and what we have to offer.

For more information on midwives, please call us today and schedule an appointment and consultation or visit http://www.midwife.org/.

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.

Beaumont’s Car Seat Safety Program

We are proud to be associated with Beaumont Health Systems and, like us, they are committed to your health and safety. We’re lucky that Beaumont’s Erica Surman, BSN/RN, and Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, is one of our patients and oversees the Car Safety Seat Program.

September is Baby Safety Month and next week we observe National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept 15 – 21, 2013) and National Seat Check Saturday (Sept 21, 2013).

We talked with Erica about the importance of making sure your car seat is installed correctly and the many options available to you through Beaumont to ensure your children are safe.

Q: Tell us about your role with Beaumont and their Car Safety Seat program.

A: I am a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician as part of my position as the Pediatric Trauma Program manager. To be certified, you must take a 40 hour course, complete several quizzes, both a final written and practical exam. I must participate in at least 2 car seat events, prove that I have adequate continuing education and have 6 witnessed installations by a Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor every two years.

Q: At Oakland-Macomb OBGYN, we deliver babies at Troy Beaumont. Is there a Car Safety Seat check, there?

A: Troy Beaumont actually piloted the program for the in-room car seat education through the Beaumont Parenting Program. They have a technician that comes into the rooms of first time parents and offers education on proper use. At this time they are unable to check the seat inside of the car, so they are often referred to our bi-monthly community car seat check events. The car seat checks are free, but are done by appointment only. We also did a car seat safety check event at the Beaumont Baby Fair!

Q: What is the most common mistake people make when installing or re-installing a car seat?

A: Most people do not read the manual for their car seat, and I was one of those people. Most everything you need to know is in the manual!

Q: Where can our patients go to make sure their car seats are installed correctly?

A: For an appointment I recommend calling early, as we fill up very quickly! 248-898-SAFE (7233). We have two locations, Mike Savoie Chevrolet in Troy, and the Waterford Fire Station # 7. You can also locate a station on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: http://icsw.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/. Unfortunately many programs have cut car seat safety checks due to budget constraints, so please call first to make sure they still offer their program.

Q: Is there anything else our patients should know about car seats and car seat safety?

A: Car seat safety checks are more than just making sure the seat is in tight. Each appointment is more like a mini class which often takes approximately 30 minutes per seat (per vehicle). We will first check your seat for recalls and expiration. A technician will then show you how to install your seat properly, and then make sure you do it on your own before you leave. We also talk about proper harnessing of your child, as well as the next steps for when they outgrow their current seat. It has been estimated that more than 80% of seats are misused!

On behalf of everyone at Oakland-Macomb OBGYN, we thank Erica Surman for her time, her efforts, and for this great advice.

Additional info:

http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/cps

http://beaumontparenting.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/in-room-car-seat-education-calms-new-parents-nerves/

http://beaumontparenting.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/is-your-child-in-the-right-car-seat/

http://beaumontparenting.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/choosing-the-right-car-seat/

http://beaumontparenting.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/think-twice-about-putting-your-baby-in-a-shopping-cart/

http://beaumontparenting.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/if-you-dont-know-about-vehicular-hyperthermia-you-should/

Oakland Macomb OBGYN has three convenient locations for your convenience. Our Mission is to Provide Excellent, Comprehensive, Individualized Healthcare For Women Within a Framework of Compassion, Dignity and Service.

We are pleased to offer a complete range of obstetrical and gynecological services to women of all ages in Southeastern Michigan. Our practice includes seven physicians, three nurse midwives, one women’s health nurse practitioner and two physician assistants. Call today for an appointment or a phone consultation – 248.997.5805.