What I wish I’d known before my personal experience with stillbirth…

Stillbirth is generally defined as a baby passing away and being delivered any time after 20 weeks. It happens in 1 in 160 pregnancies in the US; that’s 24,000 babies per year in the U.S. It often happens disproportionately for women of color. To put this in perspective, 2500 babies die of SIDS per year and we all are aware of it and do everything we can to prevent it. Stillbirth happens ten times as often and we rarely talk about it…until it happens to us.

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Obstetric Lacerations During Labor and Delivery

Yes, today we are talking about pelvic and female anatomy, obstetric lacerations during delivery, and prevention! If you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant, then this is definitely a topic to which you will want to pay attention. Obstetric lacerations, often referred to vaginal tears, can happen during labor and delivery. Though they are certainly common, they should be treated with the same care and attention that any surgical procedure would be.

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So Your OB May Not Be The One Who Delivers You…What Now??

Most patients expect to see the same physician for every appointment during their pregnancy and seek to develop a relationship with the doctor whom they are trusting to safely bring their child into the world. In an OB/GYN group practice where your OB may not be the one delivering you, it is ideal for patients to meet each of the group practice members.

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