Pregnancy

A postpartum visit is a great time to check in with your doctor following childbirth.
During pregnancy, it can feel as though you spend just as much time at the OB/GYN office as you do at home or at work. Once the baby is born, the focus tends to shift from “caring for mom” to “caring for baby.” You know the scene…..all eyes are on mom during labor, giving words of encouragement, until the baby arrives. Then the whole room shifts it focus over to the baby where they are seen oohing...
Those words…. “I am so sorry, there is no heartbeat,” will forever be etched into my soul.
This is a blog topic I have wanted to write about for some time, but every time I would try, I just couldn’t come up with the right words. Then I realized: It isn’t about the “right words,” but more about message and awareness of this issue. It is something we don’t talk about, yet it is something that many women are dealing with. This topic is very near to my heart and I want to share my personal...
Recently, we have been seeing a sudden increase in patients with Hepatitis C, especially among childbearing age females. Often they have no idea they are positive for Hep C.
Recently, we have been seeing a sudden increase in patients with Hepatitis C, especially among childbearing age females. Often these women are diagnosed during their prenatal care and had no idea prior that they were infected. According to the CDC, there was a 21% increase in reported cases of Hepatitis C between 2015 and 2016. It is believed the Opioid epidemic and the increase in IV drug use is...
A pregnant woman and her husband feel the baby kick on a bench downtown.
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. Many of us have heard of cord blood banking, but most people are not aware of what it actually means and the intended usage. Cord blood banking is the process of preserving the newborn’s stem cells found in the blood of the umbilical cord and the placenta. Once a baby is born, the blood in the umbilical cord and placenta contain valuable stem cells that...
man smokes in front of pregnant wife
I recently attended a conference on the effects of marijuana use in pregnancy and breastfeeding. This has become a hot topic in the recent years since the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in some states. Currently in Delaware, recreational marijuana use is still illegal, but the legalization of medical marijuana passed in 2011. In 2015, the first dispensary opened in New Castle,...
Angela family blog2 update 1
Dr. Angela Caswell-Monack shares her personal experience when she recently gave birth to her second child, Molly In August, I was a patient at Beebe Healthcare in the very areas of this hospital that I usually work and learned what it is like to be on the other side of the bed. I was pregnant, and having my baby delivered with the help of my medical associates at Bayside Health Association and the...