Category: Women’s Health Partners

Surviving Hot Flashes

Woman of mature age with headacheMenopause does come with some benefits, including the freedom of not having to deal with menstruation once a month. However, it also causes negative symptoms; the most common of which being hot flashes. Hot flashes are a hormonal condition that causes women to feel overwhelming heat in their face, neck and chest. These simple remedies can help you find relief from hot flashes.

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New Honors and Positions For our Physicians!

 

New honors and positions for some of our physicians:

Dr. Arcelin Haiti Mission

At the end of February 2014, Dr. Arcelin, along with a group of several South Florida physicians and nurses from different specialties, carried out a medical charity mission in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The goal was to provide some medical assistance to some of the poverty and earth-quake stricken neighborhoods in the capital of Haiti. The group saw approximately 3000 patients! It was a fantastic experience for all of us and we hopefully improved some of our patient’s lives to some extent.

Here are some pictures from the trip: Haiti Mission

Kids in Distress

Once again this holiday season, our entire staff donated holiday gifts and gave monetary support to Kids In Distress , an organization for underprivileged children in our community. Every year, we receive from the children a piece of “art work” created by them. These are displayed in our hallway by our lab in our Boca and Boynton office.

We take great joy in giving to this great organization. This year alone, Kids In Distress has helped over 10,000 children! If you would also like to participate, please do not hesitate to contact them at 954-390-7654.

The art work created by the kids can also be seen on our facebook album page…

 

 

Five Ways to Fight Fatigue During the First Trimester

The first trimester of your pregnancy comes with a lot of emotions; happiness, nausea, nerves and, for most women, extreme exhaustion. Here are five ways to beat that exhaustion and enjoy your first trimester!

1. Take Naps

Taking a nap may seem like a luxury after a certain age, but it’s important when you’re in your first trimester. A few extra minutes a day can make everyday tasks easier and less tiring. Don’t take lengthy naps or you will get most likely wake up more exhausted.

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Introducing our new midwife, Tina Slocum, MSN, ARNP, CNM

The Physicians and Staff of Women’s Health Partners take great pleasure in welcoming to our practice, our new midwife, Tina Slocum, MSN, ARNP, CNM.

Tina is a board-certified midwife and licensed nurse practitioner. She received her AAS in Nursing  in 1994. Tina later earned her BSN in 2010, graduating with distinguished honors from Grand Canyon University, a private Christian College. She continued on with her studies earning a MSN with honors in midwifery from the University of Cincinnati in August 2013. Tina has practiced as a registered nurse for over nineteen years within Women’s and Children’s arena; labor and delivery, newborn, pediatrics, and prenatal education. She has a special interest in preventative healthcare, childbirth preparation, and family planning. She strives to educate women and their families of their healthcare needs and options, empowering them to be active participants in their care and healthcare decisions.

She brings the same philosophies and commitment to patient care you have come to expect at Women’s Health Partners.

Pregnancy and Vaccinations

Vaccination is one of the many ways to help keep both mother and baby safe from disease. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that all women, including those pregnant and breastfeeding, receive both the influenza and Tdap vaccine at every pregnancy, which will protect both mother and newborn. If you have not received these important vaccines, please call our office today.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet. To better inform you with scientifically sound answers to questions about the safety of vaccines and the importance of vaccinations please visit the following websites, from national non-profit organizations:

www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

www.immunizationforwomen.org

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

This is somewhat long, but here are some frequently asked questions about each vaccine:

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Guide to Breast Health

Detection

As part of your annual exam a breast exam should be performed by a professional. Breast self-exam is now considered optional. If you are comfortable doing it and it does not create anxiety, you should examine once a month AFTER your menses or anytime if menopausal. Studies show limited benefit in self-exam in women who get examined by a professional and who do routine screening, so do what you feel is right for you.

Screening Mammograms (x-ray) should begin at age 40, then every 1-2 years until age 50 then annually. This applies to average risk women and can be modified in high risk women such as genetic carriers, or with and extremely high risk family history.  Most screening mammograms do not need to be ordered by a provider and are generally covered by insurers if done at appropriate ages and intervals.

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Five Facts about Twin Pregnancies

Pregnancy with Twins

Finding out you are having twins is an exciting, but somewhat overwhelming feeling. Many mothers wonder how different twin pregnancies are than singleton pregnancies. Check out these five facts about twin pregnancy that a lot of people don’t know!

1. Twins have a lower birth weight, but the mothers gain more weight throughout pregnancy.

Carrying two babies causes women to gain more weight during pregnancy. Women who are a normal weight should aim to gain about 37-54 pounds throughout the pregnancy as opposed to 25 to 35.

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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