Month: August 2013

Meet Us Mondays: Dr. Kelly Burke

IMG_0681It’s been a busy few months for our practice as our family keeps growing – like yours. We opened our new Troy office, our third location, and we welcomed in a new doctor. Meet Dr. Kelly Burke, who comes to us from Grand Rapids and is happy to be back home in Metro Detroit practicing Obstetrics.

Dr. Burke had a life changing experience when she once volunteered for a Mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she said she learned the difference between “want” and “need.” Her life and core values were never the same after going and performing deliveries and operations where the only source of light was someone standing over her, holding a flashlight. There were geckos in the operating room, and patients often refused pain killers and narcotics following surgery (surgeries were primarily hysterectomies for enlarged uteruses). Without pain killers, Dr. Burke’s follow-up consisted of making sure patients made it into the ocean to let the twice daily salt water rinse keep the incision clean. It was hard work, but she ended up going back each of the next two years.

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In her spare time, these days, Dr. Burke enjoys kayaking whenever possible, which reminds her of another life-changing experience when she and some friends spent 19-days at sea, sailing from Antigua to the Straits of Gibralter, and then 2 more days sailing through the Mediterranean Sea until they reached their final destination – Spain. On this journey, she and her fellow crew members caught their own fish (sometimes by hand), lived on rationed water, and she learned first hand what a life without abundance can feel like, and what it feels like to live not knowing what the next day will hold in store.

“Life is precious,” says Dr. Burke. “It’s an honor to bring life into this world, and I love every day I have that I get to do it.”

We’re lucky to call Dr. Burke one of our own.

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

Pregnant? Can’t Sleep?

If you’re pregnant, there’s a better than average chance you’ll have trouble sleeping at some point. The National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 research project found that 78% of pregnant women experience some sort of sleep issue. And if you’re reading this blog entry in the middle of the night, that sleeplessness might be happening right now.

It’s normal. Your body is going through incredible hormonal changes, and you might be battling heart burn, nausea, and a constant need to pee.

You’re not alone. Plus, each trimester of your pregnancy brings with it different and unique problems. Luckily, by adjusting your sleep positions slightly, managing when and how much water you drink, or adding a nap to your day, you might be able to get more sleep.

Of course, if you have more severe sleep issues, please schedule and appointment with us. Something like Sleep Apnea can happen during pregnancy and we’ll help you determine if treatment will help.

If counting sheep isn’t working, here are some great tips on getting better sleep.

First Trimester Pregnancy Sleep; Disturbances You Can Count On (BabyCenter.com)

Sleep Problems in Pregnancy (WebMD)

Pregnancy and Sleep (SleepFoundation.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

Eat Healthy During Pregnancy and Control Cravings

Pregnancy cravings aren’t just about wanting that big bowl of chocolate ice cream topped with dill pickles (which, for the record, we’ve never heard anyone actually wanting). The “cravings” are about that extra trip (or two) to the vending machine. The impulse to pick up something at the check-out because it sounds and looks sooooo good.

But these pregnancy cravings can be managed and controlled quite simply. A “craving” is nothing more than your body screaming at you for a little more protein, or a few good carbohydrates. Not many extra calories are needed, but eating the right things will go along way to providing you more energy and controlling cravings.

Yummmm. The nachos look amazing.

Healthy Snacks for Moms To Be (Parenting.com)

8 Healthy Snacks for Expectant Moms (CorePerformance.com)

10 Fast Foods a Pregnant Woman Could Love (And Five to Avoid) (BabyCenter.com)

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