Women’s Health Services

We offer a wide variety of services for women, they are listed below here:

  • Pregnancy test
  • Preconception care
  • Comprehensive obstetrical care
  • Breast feeding support
  • Family planning / contraceptive counseling
  • Complete gynecological care
  • Infertility
  • Abnormal Pap Smear management
  • Laparoscopic surgery (endometriosis, supra-cervical hysterectomy, LAVH, and ovarian cysts)
  • Hysteroscopic surgery (uterine polyps and fibroids, bleeding problems)
  • Fibroid management
  • Pelvic floor reconstructive surgery
  • Urologic surgery (bladder surgery)
  • Menopausal / perimenopausal management
  • Osteoporosis prevention and treatment
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and alternatives
  • PMS management
  • Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery
  • In-Office Permanent Contraception
  • Aesthetic Treatments, including Laser hair removal and vein treatment

The common signs of pregnancy

Parenting.com published a great article on the common signs of pregnancy. Below is an exerpt of it and here is the full article.

Shortness of Breath

Do you get winded going up the stairs all of a sudden? It might be because you’re pregnant. The growing fetus needs oxygen, leaving you a little short. Sorry to say, this one may continue throughout your pregnancy, especially as your growing baby starts to put pressure on your lungs and diaphragm.


Sore Breasts

Putting on your bra this morning felt like mild torture. And are you imagining it, or are the girls a little bigger? Tender and heavy-feeling breasts, darkening of the areolas and even more pronounced veins on your chest can be a first sign that you’re pregnant. Wear your most supportive bra—to bed if you need it—to help ease discomfort.



Most pregnant women start to get the queasies when they’re about 6 weeks along, but some can experience morning sickness (which unfortunately can occur morning, noon and night) earlier. It will most likely subside as you enter the second trimester. In the mean time, try to eat foods that will settle your stomach, like crackers or ginger ale.

11 Surprising Facts About Babies Born During the Summer

Thestir.com has 11 surpirsing facts about babies born during the summer. Check them out here:


1. They’re destined for mediocrity. Think your little Cancer or Leo is bound for the stars? Well, think again. When researchers from the University of British Columbia looked at the birth dates of the CEOs of some 375 S&P 500 companies, they found a shocking disparity. Turns out only 6.1 percent were born in June and 5.9 percent were born in July.

2. They’re klutzier. Well, your little Junebug is, anyway. A report in the Journal of Sports Medicine shares findings that children born in the fall are better athletes than their peers, but especially better than babies born in April, May, and June.

3. They’re less depressed. Sunshine really does equal a sunny, happy disposition, at least according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Scientists at Vanderbilt University looked at mice to determine that summer light cycles tended to reduce the risk of seasonal affective disorder (winter depression), bipolar depression, and schizophrenia for summer-borns and heighten it for winter-borns.

4. They’re more likely to be dyslexic. According to a study published by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1993, early summer birth accounts for as much as 71 percent of cases of dyslexia.

5. They weigh less at birth. Not necessarily a bad thing! But big birth weightcomes if you conceive — rather than give birth — during summer. Or so say Economists Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt of Princeton University who looked at birth data for seasonal patterns. According to their research, moms who got pregnant any time between June and August gained more weight during their pregnancies and gave birth to infants who were, on average, about eight grams heavier than those born in other months.

6. They’re smarter — if they’re female. When a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center looked at the gray matter in the brains of winter-borns and summer-borns, he found that men born in June had less than their December counterparts. The women were the opposite! Summer-born women had more! Pair that with science that says thicker gray matter makes one smarter, and there you have it!

7. They’re wild. Is your summer baby on the naughty side? Don’t blame them! Blame their birthday! When researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology matched the birth months of nearly 5,000 kids ages 4 and 5 with their results from a behavioral screening questionnaire, they found the summer babies had a harder time with consideration of others, sharing, temperament, fidgeting, concentration, and ability to make friends. (Note: Because this study comes from Australia, summer birth is defined as November to January, while winter is May to July.) Their guess is that moms who give birth in summer miss peak sunshine during their pregnancy, and the lack of vitamin D actually affects baby’s temperament.

8. They’re at a (slightly) higher risk for celiac disease. You can blame all the talk about gluten intolerance on summer-borns, according to scientists out of Sweden who surmised that summer babies are typically introduced to solid foods in winter when viral infections are more prevalent. Apparently there’s a possible link between early viral infections and one’s risk of developing celiac disease.

9. They’re optimists. When scientists in Britain and Sweden ran a survey, asking people to share their date of birth and then respond to 13 different statements about their belief in luck and their personality, they found winter-borns were more likely to give pessimistic answers, and summer-borns to do the opposite.

10. They have a higher risk of vision problems. A look at the birth dates of Israeli soldiers with myopia (better known as being near-sighted) found there was a 25 percent higher chance of having trouble seeing if you were born in June or July. Another study in Britain supported the findings.

11. They struggle in school. That is if they live in an area where the age cut-off for school is in or right around summer. Being the youngest in the class has been linked by numerous studies to problems in the early years in school — from academics to being bullied.


Congratulations on your pregnancy! Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What do I do in an emergency?

Call the office. At night and weekends we have an answering service who will contact the doctor. It is best if you call our office first instead of going immediately to the hospital (if it is not life threatening) so that we may alert the hospital staff of your arrival. If your call is not returned within 20 minutes, then call again in case the page to the doctor did not go through.

Who will I see at my prenatal visits?

You will usually see your own doctor. Occasionally you may see the other doctor or a Nurse Practitioner if your primary doctor is delivering a baby or doing emergency surgery. Your doctor may want you to get acquainted with the other physician at a few visits so that she is familiar to you. Our practice includes only board certified doctors.

Who will deliver my baby?

We deliver approximately 70% of our patients. We often come in to do deliveries even when we are not on-call. Though we cannot guarantee 24 hours a day / 7 days a week that we have no other commitments to our families, friends or ourselves, we deliver the majority of our own patients. Our call group consists of board certified physicians who have practice styles similar to our own.

What will my insurance cover?

We will contact your insurance company to verify your coverage soon after your first visit. We will let you know about your coverage. Any co-pays (other than the per visit co-pay) , deductibles, or share of costs due to the office need to be collected by 28 weeks. Keep in mind your insurance may not cover or may have separate charges for the hospital or circumcision.

What about maternity leave?

Maternity leave coverage varies according to your employer and your eligibility. State disability will pay for up to 4 weeks before your due date and up to 6 weeks after for a vaginal delivery for normal uncomplicated pregnancies. The state will not allow you to add weeks to the end if you do not take them ahead of time. Many patients choose to work longer due to the amount that the state pays. If you have other disability coverage you may not be eligible for state disability. Your employer, depending on the size of the company, may allow you additional time off of unpaid leave.

What about early maternity leave?

Typical medical reasons for early leave are those things that put your pregnancy at risk. Placenta problems, twin pregnancy, blood pressure problems, heart problems, preterm labor and premature rupture of membranes are examples of medical problems requiring early leave.

Where do I get the forms?

We have state disability forms at the office. The fee for our completion of these forms is $10 per form. You should fill out your portion then drop them off with your fee. Your insurance does not pay for completion of these forms (i.e. phone calls, copying, faxing, contacting you to clarify information, changing dates when applicable, postage, etc.). These forms are copied and mailed from the office.


Breast Feeding Tips

Familydoctor.org offered some great tips for women who are just starting breastfeeding.


How do I begin breastfeeding?

Wash your hands before each feeding. With your free hand, put your thumb on top of your breast and your other fingers below.

Touch your baby’s lips with your nipple until your baby opens his or her mouth very wide. Put your nipple all the way in your baby’s mouth and pull your baby’s body close to you. This lets your baby’s jaw squeeze the milk ducts under your areola.

When your baby is “latched on” the right way, both lips should pout out (not be pulled in over his or her gums) and cover nearly all of the areola. Instead of smacking noises, your baby will make low-pitched swallowing noises. Your baby’s jaw may move back and forth. If you feel pain while your baby is nursing, he or she is probably not latched on correctly.

Your baby’s nose may touch your breast during nursing. Babies’ noses are designed to allow air to get in and out in just such a case. But if you’re concerned that your baby can’t breathe easily, you can gently press down on your breast near your baby’s nose to give him or her more room to breathe.

Learn about Essure


Trusted by hundreds of thousands of women and their doctors for over five years, Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. This gentle procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes.

Essure is covered by most insurance providers, and if the Essure procedure is performed in a doctor’s office, depending on your specific insurance plan, payment may be as low as a simple co-pay.

Essure offers women what no birth control ever has

  • No surgery, burning or anesthesia
  • No hormones
  • No slowing down to recover
  • Performed in less than 10 minutes
  • Peace of mind – your doctor can confirm when you can rely on Essure for birth control
  • Trusted by hundreds of thousands of women and doctors for over five years

With Essure, you’ll never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy again. Essure is 99.74% effective with zero pregnancies, making it the most effective form of permanent birth control available.The Essure procedure is permanent and is NOT reversible. Therefore, you should be sure you do not want children in the future.

7 Reasons It’s Great To Be Pregnant In The Summer

Fitpregnancy.com came up with some awesome reasons why it’s great to be pregnant in the summer! We liked them so much we decided to share them with you below:

1. It’s a great time for outdoor exercise

Walking and swimming are an expectant mama’s two best friends. Both are low-impact, provide great cardio benefits and are the perfect excuse to head outsidefor some fresh air.

“Walking is one of the very best forms of exercise during pregnancy because it can be done by women of all fitness levels and stages of pregnancy, and it qualifies as weight-bearing cardio,” says Jennifer Johnson, perinatal exercise specialist and founder of fitforexpecting.com. “Research shows weight-bearing exercise delivers a multitude of health benefits to both mom and baby, including delivering more oxygen to mom’s muscles and tissues, and therefore to the baby through the placenta.” This translates to a better-functioning placenta and more nutrients for your growing little one. Tip: Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring plenty of water.

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant

And most of us already know just how important the nutrients in these foods are to a healthy mom and baby. Packed with vitamins and important nutrients like energy-giving carbohydrates and filling fiber, fruits and vegetables are major building blocks for a healthy baby.

3. Sunshine equals vitamin D

While it’s important not to get too much sun and to consistently wear sunscreen, spending a few minutes a day in the rays exposes your skin to more UV light, which makes it produce more vitamin D. “Vitamin D deficiency is very common during pregnancy and has been linked to a higher risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and bacterial vaginosis,” says Swinney.

Of course, there are some food sources, such as fortified milk and fatty fish, but supplementing with vitamin D is also encouraged (many prenatal vitamins don’t supply enough); it’s very difficult to get enough just through food. Check with your prenatal healthcare provided for a recommended amount; a 2010 study encourages doses as high as 4,000 IU’s daily to ward off preeclampsia, but most providers cap their recommendation at 2,000 IU’s.

4. Wardrobe!

Maternity clothes have come a long way in the past several years. Now, adorable options abound for summer dresses, skirts, tank tops and bathing suits. Designers such as Motherhood Maternity, Liz Lange Maternity, Destination Maternity, Old Navy and Gap and others make affordable options that keep you feeling cool and looking great, no matter how far along you are. Consignment shops are also a great place to find good deals on gently-used maternity wardrobe staples.

5. Your baby may be less likely to get RSV if born during the summer months.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious virus that causes a respiratory tract infection, says Jonathan M. Espana, M.D., an OB-GYN with The Women’s Specialists of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. RSV may be serious for premature babies, or those who have heart and lung problems, especially age 6 months and younger.

RSV season is generally October through May, so babies born in the warmer months are less likely to get it, although babies born in Florida seem to have a yearlong risk, notes Dr. Espana.