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Latest News

Zika

We know there are many questions regarding Zika. So we wanted to share two links with great information. One from SC DHEC and one from the CDC.

http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/DiseasesandConditions/InfectiousDiseases/InsectAnimalBorne/ZikaVirus/

 

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

Prenatal Class Offerings

For ob tours, current class listings and newly added educational opportunities, please visit

http://www.eventbrite.com

and in the search engine type “OB”. You can choose classes and/or tours at Greenville Memorial Hospital or Patewood Memorial Hospital.

FLU Update

FLU continues to be widespread throughout our state. It is important to protect yourself and your family through vaccination. If you have flu like symptoms, please seek care at your primary care physicians office within 48 hours of symptoms. If you test positive for the flu, you should be treated with antiviral medications (i.e. Tamiflu) to reduce the risk of flu related complications. If you are PREGNANT, the benefits of medication far outweigh any potential risks. Please contact the office if you are pregnant and test positive for the flu and are not receiving antiviral medication.

VBAC(Vaginal Birth after Cesarean)

Here at Piedmont OB/GYN we offer patients the choice of VBAC for delivery. Many patients with a history of cesarean section are finding it increasingly difficult to find a provider who offers the option of VBAC for subsequent births. Our physicians have been providing this choice to patients for over 25 years. VBAC can be a safe alternative to repeat cesarean delivery in some patients. If you desire VBAC in your current or future pregnancy, please schedule a visit to speak with one of our physicians to see if this option is right for you.

Genetic Screening

1 in every 100 children is born with a genetic disease, usually to parents with no family history of the disease. World Health Organization, Human Genetics Program

For couples who are expecting or considering pregnancy, we offer genetic carrier screening. There are many types of genetic diseases. Some of these diseases are termed recessive, meaning that a person has to have two copies of an abnormal gene in order to show symptoms of the disease. If a person has only one copy of an abnormal gene, they are asymptomatic but are considered a “carrier” for the disease. When two parents are carriers for the same genetic disease their children have a 1 in 4 chance of having that disease. The screening we offer through Counsyl tests to see if you and/or your partner are carriers for any of the several more common recessive genetic diseases. Some of the more common diseases included in the screen are cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, spinal muscular atrophy, and Tay-Sachs.

For more information, please visit the Counsyl website http://www.counsyl.com or speak with your physician.

Pregnancy and the Flu

 

Flu season is here (October 1 through mid-May) and we at Piedmont OB/GYN strongly encourage all obstetric patients to be vaccinated. The vaccine helps to protect you and your newborn from complications of the flu. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated a 63% reduction of influenza illness in infants up to 6 months old, and a 29% and 36% reduction in rates of respiratory illness with fever in infants and mothers respectively. If you were unable to be vaccinated during pregnancy, the hospital offers vaccination at the time of delivery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months old and older. However, it is especially important for the following groups to be vaccinated because they are considered high risk for flu related complications or they live with or care for someone at high risk for flu related complications.

  1. Pregnant women
  2. People age 50 and older
  3. Children younger than 5 but especially children younger than 2
  4. People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  5. People who live in nursing homes and other long term care facilities
  6. People who live with or care for those at high risk for flu related complications including:
    1. Health care workers
    2. Household contacts of persons at high risk for flu related complications
    3. Household contacts and out of town caregivers of children less than 6 months of age

Who should not be vaccinated

  1. People with an allergy to chicken eggs
  2. People who have had an allergic reaction to the flu vaccine
  3. People who have developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of receiving the flu vaccine
  4. Children less than 6 months of age
  5. People with a moderate to severe illness with a fever (they should wait until the illness passes)

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm  (Influenza and pregnancy) http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm  (CDC home page for flu season 2013-2014)

 

Text 4 Baby- New Pregnancy Info

Sign up for Text4baby! Receive weekly text messages with health updates throughout your pregnancy and babies first year. You can also sign up for prenatal and well child check appointment reminders.

Text4baby is a program of the nonprofit National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and is endorsed by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Sign up by texting BABY to 511411. You can cancel the service at any time. No text message fees are associated with the text messages for service.

Visit text4baby.org for more information. Also visit their link Health Info for Moms for useful phone numbers that connect you to the help you need to care for your newborn.

Pertussis – What’s the Fuss?

Pertussis is more commonly known as the whooping cough. It is a highly contagious respiratory illness that effects all ages, but can be potentially very serious in infants. Pertussis usually begins with cold type symptoms and a mild cough lasting two weeks. Fever is rare. These symptoms are then followed by weeks to months of severe coughing spells which can be life threatening in infants. There continues to be increases in pertussis infections both in our state and nationwide.

Infants are most likely infected from an older sibling, caregiver, or adult. Protection from pertussis vaccination tends to wear off after 5-10 years, therefore, all persons aged 10-64 should be vaccinated with Tdap (pertussis vaccine).  Parents of young children, pregnant women, childcare workers, and healthcare workers are top priority for vaccination.

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or have an infant at home, please contact your health care provider regarding a Tdap (pertussis) booster.  Tdap vaccine can be given regardless of when you last received a tetanus shot; there is no waiting period needed. Here at Piedmont OB/GYN we offer Tdap vaccination. New CDC guidelines recommend vaccination with Tdap for all unvaccinated patients during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. It is also offered to all mothers after delivery at the Greenville Health System. For more information, visitwww.scdhec.gov/pertussis or www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/default.htm

Robotic Surgery

Are you facing hysterectomy or another major surgical procedure? You may be a candidate for da Vinci Robotic Surgery. This exciting, cutting edge surgical advancement allows your surgeon to provide complex surgical procedures with minimal invasion and incisions.

Here at Piedmont OB/GYN, Dr. Kristen MacClenahan, MD, Dr Carrie Ann Twedt, and Dr. Mark Moore, MD, trained robotic surgeons, offer this exciting surgical option to patients in need. A da Vinci hysterectomy offers several advantages over traditional hysterectomy, including:
1.       Significantly less pain
2.       Less blood loss and need for transfusion
3.       Less risk of infection
4.       Shorter hospital stay
5.       Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
6.       Small incisions and minimal scarring
If you are facing hysterectomy, please call to schedule an appointment with Drs. Moore or MacClenahan to see if you are a candidate for this innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedure.
For more information, please visit www.piedmontgynrobotics.com