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Lessons from the Heart

Women’s Specialists had the distinction of celebrating one of our employees recently. Tammy was honored at the Go Red for Women luncheon sponsored by the American Heart Association.  Her story is important because many women ignore the symptoms.  See Tammy’s story below.   “I had my heart attack on the evening of July 31, 2016 at 47 years old. In hindsight, I started having symptoms 48 hours prior. I left work on a Friday evening with shoulder blade pain. I figured it was a knot and had my husband rub it that night. It continued intermittently through Saturday and was starting to make my fingers tingle. I took Tylenol and Advil and that relieved a little of the discomfort but I had a dull ache that felt like it was in the bone. I woke up on Sunday feeling so much better. I relaxed most of the day and decided early evening I was going to vacuum the pool. That was all it took. I went inside, sat on the couch and had the most excruciating chest pain, down my arm, up my neck into my jaw. I fell to the floor. I knew exactly what it had to be. I realized with my first grandbaby just 6 weeks away and my family witnessing this that I had to go to the Emergency Room. I did not want to be a statistic. The EKG was normal but my labs were not. I went to the cath lab with a 90% [...]

2017-03-14T21:36:52-06:00March 6th, 2017|Education, News|Comments Off on Lessons from the Heart

Sexual Health Q&A with Levy, CNM & Knight, MD.

Powerful woman! You should be having sex whenever you feel safe and sexy and your partner desires the same! Having an orgasm is such a personal experience. Some women experience orgasm as a rush of heat and pleasure. Others find the experience explosive. While others burst into laughter. Orgasms are best reached when we feel safe and at ease with our partners. Women are dynamic when it comes to finding pleasure. Our erogenous zones are elusive and often become more exposed as we feel more relaxed and aroused. Most women require clitoral stimulation to reach orgasm. What is important to remember is that the clitoris is actually a very large section of tissue. Generally, we think of the clit (that tiny little nub beneath the front of our labia), but actually, clitoral tissue is like a glacier. The clitoris is just the top. Clitoral tissue actually extends like a wishbone shape along the labia minora and inside of the vaginal. As we become aroused, this tissue becomes swollen with blood and thus more sensitive to touch. For some women, this swelling happens quite easily (lucky!), but for most women, this takes safe and sexy foreplay. Many people have heard of the "G" spot. This is actually tissue along the front of the vagina. Just as the clitoral tissue becomes flush and swollen as we become aroused, so does this long, tube-like tissue along the front (anterior) wall of the vagina. Having an orgasm requires (for most) a sense of [...]

2017-03-14T21:36:53-06:00September 7th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Sexual Health Q&A with Levy, CNM & Knight, MD.

Q&A with Rebecca Leeman, CNM and Stephanie Philippides, MD

These two lovely ladies are Rebecca Leeman, CNM, and Stephanie Philippides, MD. They are located at our Jefferson office and attend births at Lovelace Women's Hospital and I recently asked for their thoughts about how WSNM approaches pregnancy and birth. Rebecca: Pregnancy is a time of big change for women and families. Getting to see the same person on the health care team throughout the pregnancy can help moms feel a little more grounded throughout the changes that are happening. A trust develops. Stories are shared. A woman can start to feel a little more known to her provider and pregnancy care goes beyond just what it takes to measure and listen to baby. Personalized pregnancy care happens when your care provider acknowledges and is curious about the setting into which this new baby is coming. It takes time to build relationships. Dr. Philippides: Personal pregnancy care means individualized care. No two people experience pregnancy in the same way. We all have our own experiences, unique medical history, fears and worries, and our own hopes and dreams. To treat each person as an individual means that I want to make a connection to that person and really understand their needs. Rebecca: Women's Specialists practice allows me to give personalized pregnancy care and build relationships. I also have the confidence that when the women I see go into labor, there will be midwives and doctors who I trust there, who will carry that same respect for these women. [...]

2017-03-14T21:36:53-06:00February 5th, 2016|Education|Comments Off on Q&A with Rebecca Leeman, CNM and Stephanie Philippides, MD

MonaLisa Touch

Aging is inevitable. For women, it can be unforgiving: wrinkles, gray hair, weight gain, sagging breasts, bone loss, and vaginal dryness. Regular exercise, dietary modification with calcium and vitamin D supplementation can help some of these conditions. Some of us will dye our hair and/or have cosmetic surgery. Until recently, our only option to really “treat” vaginal dryness was topical estrogen – either as a cream, tablet or ring. But not all of us can or want to use estrogen. Fortunately, there is now something available that will treat vaginal dryness (known as vaginal atrophy in medical terms) and the other symptoms often associated with it such as vaginal burning, vaginal discharge, painful sex, urinary incontinence, and painful urination. It’s called the MonaLisa Touch.

2017-03-14T21:36:53-06:00September 21st, 2015|Education, Women's Issues|Comments Off on MonaLisa Touch

Ask the Midwife – The Natural Hormones of Labor

Q: I have been wondering about what starts a woman’s labor, and why is it so different from one woman to another? There are several things responsible for starting labor. For one thing, there is the baby’s readiness to be born. The baby communicates this to the mother’s system […]

2017-03-14T21:36:54-06:00May 15th, 2015|Midwives|Comments Off on Ask the Midwife – The Natural Hormones of Labor