As a physician, when I first heard about group prenatal care, I thought this was genius! I have cared for hundreds of pregnant women and have found that many of their questions and concerns are the same. I have also heard many women state that they wish they could have a support group of other pregnant women to share the highs and lows of their pregnancy journey.
However, when I talk to my friends, family and patients about group prenatal care, I am often met with suspicion. More than once, I’ve heard questions like “Why would I want to get prenatal care with a bunch of strangers?” and “Do you have to do pelvic exams in front of each other?!” (The answer to that question is NO!)
I completely understand this response. This type of care is a big departure from how we have received medical care our entire lives. But I think there are a few compelling reasons to consider group prenatal care!
As kids return to school, chances are you’ll start to encounter runny noses and sore throats. As a parent, you’re often faced with the decision as to whether your child is well enough to go to school.
Before making such a decision, parents should consider how their child will be able to function in class, and if they are a danger to the other students.
“I don’t need to be tested for STDs, I only date other girls,” is a statement I hear at least once a week in clinic from an adolescent or young adult female. There are lots of statistics, clinical practice guidelines, and overall medical attention surrounding health consequences of men who have sex with men, but what about these patients? Don’t the ladies deserve some attention?
September is National Suicide Prevention Month (this year’s hashtags are #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree if you want to check out social media to find events going on in your area). This blog already discussed one media sensation about suicide, the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. You may think that one media juggernaut dealing with suicide is enough, but you would be wrong. Enter the Broadway musical.
With the furry face and eyes that seem to say “love me” – it can be hard to resist passing a dog without wanting to stop and pet it. And for kids – some of whom are even the same size – it can be tempting to hug the dog, or even try riding it like a horse. But it’s important to recognize that like humans, even dogs have their limits.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 800,000 people receive medical care each year for dog bites – and more than half of them are children. And while you might think most of those are from strange dogs, actually the majority of bites come from dogs familiar to the person who is bit.