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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

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.

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.

Meet-Us Mondays: Dr. Amy Heeringa

Oakland-Macomb OB/GYN is bringing the Cleveland Clinic to you. Well, we’re bringing part of it, anyway. We are proud to introduce the newest member of our staff, Amy Heeringa, MD.

Dr. Heeringa originally hails from Oakland County and, after years of prestigious training and schooling, we could not feel luckier to be welcoming her home.  Dr. Heeringa attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate and Medical School training.  After graduation, she was chosen by one of the most selective and prestigious OB/GYN training programs in the country, spending four years at the Cleveland Clinic.  She was widely recruited and sought after by practices throughout the country and we are proud and excited that she chose us.

Please join the entire staff of Oakland-Macomb OB/GYN in welcoming Dr. Heeringa back to Michigan.

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

Meet Us Mondays: Dr. Joseph Love, M.D.

Dr. Love is a managing partner of the practice with a special interest in obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery. He is interested in state of the art technology and performed the first robotic hysterectomy at Troy Beaumont.

“That was a thrill and satisfying on so many levels. I knew this procedure could be safer and better, and I knew a robotic hysterectomy was going to be the standard in the future.”

Dr-Joe-LoveDr. Love also has a passion for teaching and was named “Top Doc” by HOUR Magazine in their annual survey.

“Teaching helps me learn, and I consider myself a lifelong learner. Things in our field change every day, and I love that. Everything we do is smarter and safer than it was 10 years ago, and it will be better 10 years from now. I want to be a part of making my field better. When you teach and mentor, you are reminded what it’s like to question things and analyze procedures with a fresh perspective.”

He is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and he’s a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Love attended Amherst College for his undergraduate degree and Wayne State Medical School. He completed his residency at Beaumont hospital.

Dr. Love has a wife and three girls he loves spending his free time with.

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

Meet Us Mondays: Kathleen B. Figurski, M.S.N, C.N.M.

Kathleen B. Figurski, M.S.N., C.N.M. is a certified nurse midwife specializing in providing personalized health care to women.

As a nurse midwife, Kathy provides health care to women of all ages, with an emphasis on health promotion and education. She is qualified to provide well woman exams, pap smears, breast exams, contraceptive options, menopause counseling, and care during normal pregnancy and childbirth.

She received her midwife certificate from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden Kentucky. Additionally, she holds a Masters Degree in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Bachelors Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Can You Heal and Chew Gum at the Same Time?

Gum chewing really helps.  A study including 179 patients who were randomly assigned to gum chewing after laparoscopic gynecologic surgery showed that gum chewers had a faster onset of return to bowel function and required less pain medication.  The mechanism is thought to be one of “sham feeding” where the gum chewing simulates eating and stimulates the pathway of the brain to the vagal (or relaxing part) of the nervous system.  This appears to jump start a cascade of events including the return of electric impulses causing the muscles of the bowel to contract or move things along in a predictable way and increases digestive hormones like saliva and pancreatic enzymes.  Ultimately this improves the time to healing and requires less pain medication.  This study was published in the July issue of The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the most prestigious Journal in our field. The study is graded as Level 1, the  highest level of evidence.

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