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Dr. Friedman Announces Her Retirement

To my patients,

I have not only enjoyed, but had the honor to care for you and your families over the last 23 years. With a lot of joy, and some sadness, I am writing to let you know of my intention to retire. MyMelissa Friedman MD, FACOG last day with Women’s Health Partners will be on December 31st, 2021.

During my time at Women’s Health Partners, I have grown as a physician and as a person thanks to knowing you as both a patient and as a person.

I have complete confidence in the practitioners at our office in providing ongoing, compassionate care with the level of expertise our office is known for.

It has been a great pleasure meeting and caring for you all. I sincerely appreciate your friendship and loyalty. I wish you continued good health and all the best in the coming years.

With much appreciation,

Melissa Friedman MD

An Announcement from Dr. Susan Beil

To my cherished patients,

It is with great excitement for the next phase of my life that I am writing to notify you that as of October 21, 2021 I will no longer be available for in office visits. I will be available for telemedicine consultation by appointment scheduled through women’s health partners until April 2022 at which time I will be retiring.

Dr. Susan Beil

It has been an honor to be your physician for so many years. I am confident that any of my fellow practitioners at women’s health partners will provide you with excellent and compassionate care and will always have your best interest at heart.

Thank you for the privilege of getting to know you.

with lots of love,

Susan Beil M.D.





COVID-19 Update: Mask and Visitor Policy

Unfortunately, due to the rising COVID-19 case numbers in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, we have had to update our policy regarding visitors attending office appointments.

Effective Monday, August 16th, we are no longer allowing support persons or children with patients in the office. This is a difficult decision to make as we understand the importance of having a support person present for medical appointments. However, this decision was made to help ensure the health and safety of all patients, providers, and staff in our practice.

  • Phone and video calls during appointments will continue to be accepted and encouraged while this restriction is in place.
  • Exceptions may be made for minors who are patients, disabled patients, and medical conditions which need assistance.
  • Please contact administration if you have any questions.

We also do need to remind you that all persons are required to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times while in the office. This policy is in effect regardless of any state, local, or federal guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding while we take all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stay focused on providing high-quality healthcare to you and all of our of patients.

What To Expect Throughout A High Risk Pregnancy

Being told you have a high risk pregnancy can cause anxiety, but it’s not as frightening as you may first think. In fact, most women make it through their pregnancy with little to no negative complications. That does not mean, however, that you ignore your situation and not follow the recommendations of your doctor. What to expect throughout a high risk pregnancy is a lot of extra care and monitoring to be sure you have a healthy baby.

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The Importance Of A Healthy Diet During Pregnancy

The importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy cannot be overstated. Studies show that there are less complications when moms-to-be eat a healthy diet before and during pregnancy. With that in mind, let’s look at what is considered a healthy diet and how it can help.

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What To Expect If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear

The first thing you should know if you have an abnormal Pap smear is not to panic. There are many possible causes for an abnormal result, and most of them are not something to get concerned about immediately. If it does happen, here is what to expect if you have an abnormal Pap smear.

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COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy or Breastfeeding FAQs

We do recommend that pregnant women and breastfeeding women consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is still being studied. However, pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill if they get COVID-19.

Pregnant women are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19

Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant women. Severe illness includes illness that results in intensive care admission, mechanical ventilation, or death. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 might be at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe while pregnant or lactating?

There is a limited amount of safety data available on COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy at this time, but what we know so far is reassuring. The studies done before the first vaccines were approved for emergency use did not include pregnant or lactating women. But based on how the vaccines were made and the science behind how the vaccines work in the body, experts believe they should be safe in pregnancy. The CDC and some of the COVID-19 vaccine
makers are now starting or planning studies that will include pregnant and lactating women. Thousands of pregnant women have already chosen to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Some of them have enrolled in the CDC’s vaccination tracking program. Data from this program has not show any safety concerns.

If you are planning on receiving a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant, we encourage you to participate in the CDC’s Vsafe vaccine pregnancy registry.

A vaccine may protect you from severe illness, which could help both you and your fetus.

Why does it benefit pregnant women to receive the vaccine now versus waiting until after giving birth?

Data have demonstrated that symptomatic pregnant individuals with COVID-19 are at increased risk of more severe illness and death compared with nonpregnant peers. Many pregnant individuals have medical conditions known to put them at further increased risk of severe illness and complications. Therefore, given clear evidence of the dangers of COVID-19 in pregnancy and an absence of data demonstrating adverse effects associated with the vaccine in pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommend that pregnant women be free to make their own informed decisions regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Should breastfeeding women get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, ACOG recommends that breastfeeding women get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to stop breastfeeding if you want to get a vaccine. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies made by your body can be passed through breastmilk and help protect your child from the virus.

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying to get pregnant?

Yes, if you are planning or trying to get pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility. You also do not need to delay getting pregnant after you get a vaccine. Some COVID-19 vaccines will require two doses. If you find out you are pregnant after you have the first dose, you should still get the second dose.

If I am on oral contraceptives, is it safe for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Birth control is not a contraindication to receiving the vaccine.

I have heard rumors about how the vaccines can affect my body. What is the truth?

The vaccines that have been approved so far work in different ways, and all of them are proven to be safe. It is important to know that:

  • The vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines use the live virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The vaccines do not affect your genes or DNA.
  • There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility..

Useful links:

CDC: Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant Women or Women Who Are Breastfeeding

Dr. Arcelin Discusses Uterine Fibroids and Robotic Surgery

Watch Dr. Gostal Arcelin discuss uterine fibroids and how minimally invasive robotic surgery can help.


Uterine Fibroid Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and are in need of treatment, contact Women’s Health Partners today for an appointment with one of our highly trained OBGYNs. Call our Boca Raton office at (561) 368-3775 or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-5710 today

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