By: Lauren Carmichael Being pregnant for the second time is a whole different experience than my first, which was eight years ago. Aside from all my gear expiring and all the new products available, my circumstances are completely different and in every way better than before. Yet, somehow, I still don’t feel super prepared. I … More 5 Important Things to Think About BEFORE You Have a Baby
Article taken from “Winter 2018 Wellness Together with Signature“ You’re pregnant. Once you processed that stunning fact, one question probably jumped straight to the top of your mind: Now what? Over the coming months, you’ll have many plans to make and things to do. But what do you need to handle ASAP? Put these steps … More 9 Things to Do When You First Find Out You’re Pregnant
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
Article taken from “Winter 2018 Wellness Together with Signature“ Menstrual cycles vary from woman to woman. What’s a normal cycle? And what’s something you should get checked out? Here’s how to tell the difference. What’s Normal, What’s Not You count the length of your menstrual cycle from the first day of one period to the … More Are My Menstrual Cycles Normal?
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: Sally Howland, RN, Nurse Manager You might be thinking, of course it is; Signature Healthcare is a great place for moms and babies! Now, you’re not the only one who thinks so. Recently, Signature Healthcare received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility from Baby-Friendly USA. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority … More Signature Healthcare is Officially Baby-Friendly
Healthy Holiday Eating Guidelines Traditional holiday baked goods are often high in calories, sugar, saturated fat, and cholesterol. The good news is that with a few modifications and substitutions your favorite family recipe can be made healthier without compromising flavor. In many recipes, the amount of fat or oil can be reduced by ¼ or … More Healthy Holiday Eating Tips & Recipes
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: Priyanka Venkataraman, MD Pregnant or trying soon? Planning to travel? Please read before you travel. Dear Readers, A lot of people are unaware of the ZIKA virus that can cause lifelong, devastating problems for your child. This is a concern for pregnant women and those women getting pregnant soon as Zika virus infection can cause … More Zika and Birth Defects