Health

Medical Outreach Team, Update 10

om obgyn logo*** this might not be in the right order with the other posts, but a greate update ***

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

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.

Celebrate Yourself and Your Body

woman-dances

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

protect-get-immunized
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.
call-cali
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.

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

Tips for Choosing Your OB-GYN

by Dr. James McBride

I’ve seen expectant mothers spend an entire nine months picking out the perfect shade of green paint for a nursery or the perfect crib. Having a baby is a major life changing moment. So shouldn’t you spend at least as much effort and do as much research when choosing your OB-GYN?

Obviously, I think we’re the best team of OB-GYNs and Midwives in Metro Detroit and with three offices, we’re convenient to you and wish we could deliver every baby in town, but that’s not possible. And as much as I’d rather not admit it, we might not even be a perfect match for every mom-to-be.

Maybe your doctor is pro-natural birth and you want an epidural. You’d like someone with a birthing center, but your current Obstetrician only delivers at hospitals? You’re curious about a Mid-Wife option but aren’t sure who to ask or how to begin learning about it.

You can call our offices and schedule a meeting and consultation at any time. I get asked often about how to choose the right doctor for you and here are some tips to get started.

Decide on a Type of Provider

Our patients choose if they would like a doctor or midwife to deliver them.  Our midwives are considered “top of the midwife food chain” as Certified Nurse Midwives. They deliver in the hospital with physician back up.  Women who are at higher risk default to physician care but everyone else chooses the right fit for them.

Get Recommendations

Certainly seek advice from your friends who are also expecting or who’ve recently given birth, but don’t be afraid to ask your Obstetrician for references and talk to current patients. Bedside manner, reputation, and accessibility to doctors should all be considered when choosing.

Research Hospitals

Once you’ve found an Obstetrician you feel comfortable with, you should also follow a similar process in researching the hospital where they deliver babies. We’re proud to deliver at Troy Beaumont, but every hospital is different and you’d be wise to visit the hospitals, too, and ask for references.  We feel that there is no better hospital to deliver babies than Troy Beaumont.  The NICU is top notch and the nursing care and patient experiences are highest in the state.

Is your insurance accepted there? Are you high-risk? What is the NCIU like? Are you hoping for a water birth and do they have the facilities? These are great questions to ask.

Schedule a Consultation

As I said, you agonize over which crib you’ll buy, the bedding, and the paint color for the walls. Take some time and see if the fit is right for you.

This is a big moment in your life, and if you’re newly pregnant with your first child, for at least the next 10 months, you’ll be seeing your Obstetrician or Midwife quite a bit. For me, I like to make my patients feel like they’re joining our family, as I certainly approach it like I’m joining theirs, too. Whether you’re planning on having 1, 2, 3, 5 or more children, we’ll be seeing alot of each other.

Here’s hoping you choose Oakland-Macbom OB-GYN, but whatever you choose, make a decision that’s well researched and right for you.

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

Meet Us Mondays: Mary Martinovich, C.N.M.

Mary Martinovich M.S.N, C.N.M.  is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree from Madonna University. Mary views pregnancy as a normal, healthy process and values the relationship between the Midwife and client and advocates choice as a hallmark of care. She believes the role as the Midwife is to guide and support and to not solely be the provider of care given.  Special interests include well woman gynecological care, preconception counseling, comprehensive prenatal care, and laboring at the bedside during the birthing process. Mary is supportive of patient preferences in the labor and delivery process as she seeks to help them achieve what they value as a satisfying birth experience. Before becoming a Midwife, Mary worked as a Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse. Mary is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives. When not in the office or hospital, Mary enjoys running and other outdoor activities, gardening, scrapbooking, and traveling.  She also greatly enjoys spending time with her wonderful friends and family.

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