By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Ovarian cancer will affect about 1 in 80 women in their lifetime. Early diagnosis of the disease can be challenging as there is no screening test like a Pap smear for cervical cancer. Family history can sometimes provide a clue. If you have multiple relatives–mother, sisters, aunt, grandmothers–with … More Ovarian Cancer Awareness
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Patient safety has become a national buzzword and it is critical to improving outcomes for moms and babies. It is concerning that the United States has a significantly higher maternal mortality rate than most industrialized countries. The reasons for this are complex but in many cases relate to a … More Make Patient Safety a Personal Priority
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Last month was ovarian cancer awareness month. This disease remains a serious illness for women everywhere. Sadly, we do not have a screening test to identify the disease early like we do with the Pap smear for cervical cancer. Unfortunately, routine use of blood tests such as the … More Do You Know Your Ovarian Cancer Risk?
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN We all have too much stress in our lives. Unfortunately for most of us, our ability to decrease the stressors that effect us is limited. What we do have control over is how we respond to that stress. Balancing work, family, finances, and day-to-day activities is a challenging … More Keep Calm and Breathe
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Regular exercise is important for overall health and wellbeing. It also helps keep your weight down and lowers risks for high blood pressure and diabetes. I encourage all women to engage in regular exercise for at least thirty minutes, three to four times weekly. There are certain modifications … More Exercising During Pregnancy
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN There is a big push lately to strongly encourage mothers to breastfeed. Recent evidence–based studies have shown there are many benefits for breastfeeding for both mother and baby. The most important reason is pretty obvious to most people – breast milk is the best nutrition for newborns. Believe … More Why All the Fuss About Breastfeeding?
By: Keith Merlin, MD, Chief, Department of OBGYN Being pregnant for the first time can be a challenging experience at times. Added with the thought of being a REAL parent, you can easily feel overwhelmed and not up to the challenge. Fortunately, there are many resources to help you during your pregnancy and after you deliver. Signature … More Signature Resources for New Parents