Purchase Gift Cards Online

You can now purchase a holiday gift card online and email it directly to a recipient. Here are the steps: Go to our online scheduling system Click the ONLINE STORE tab and select a card Check the box that says “send via email” Complete the form and make purchase Please contact us if you have […]

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Holiday Promotions

After 16 months of planning and preparation, the new Golden Gate Skin Center opened its doors on Halloween Day! We’re located in the same office as Golden Gate OBGYN. The next time you come in for your annual or prenatal visit, coordinate a FREE Consultation with one of our Skin Center providers. Below are some […]

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Mammograms: The Benefits Outweigh the Risks

I am often asked my opinion about the benefits and risks associated with screening mammograms. In spite of the 2009 release of the controversial guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, I still strongly recommend that women older than 40 years of age get annual mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer, and […]

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Cesarean Section on Maternal Request

It has become more and more common for newly pregnant patients to request a cesarean section delivery on their first visit to me for prenatal care. Because it is happening more often, I thought it would be good to review the available data on the topic. Cesarean section on maternal request is defined as a […]

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To circumcise or not to circumcise

Circumcision means removing the foreskin—a layer of skin that covers the tip of the penis. Circumcision usually is done soon after birth and before the baby leaves the hospital. It can be done as a religious ritual or as a matter of family tradition. In some babies, young boys and men it can become medically […]

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Really, I can’t have a turkey sandwich?

In reviewing certain topics for this website, I realize that over the years, I may have been a bit laissez-faire when it comes to the risk of Listeriosis. In over to 20 years of practice, I have seen only one pregnant patient with Listeriosis, and she was immunocompromised because of  medication she took for her […]

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Placental Abruption: a possible reason for late trimester bleeding

  Heavy vaginal bleeding in the second or third trimesters of pregnancy usually involves a problem with the placenta. The two most common causes at this time are placental abruption and placenta previa. Preterm labor also can cause such bleeding. Late bleeding may pose a threat to the health of the woman or the fetus. […]

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When the placenta covers the cervix-Placenta Previa

  When the placenta lies low in the uterus, it may cover the cervix. That means it partly or completely blocks the opening. This is called placenta previa. It may cause vaginal bleeding. This type of bleeding often occurs without pain. Placenta previa occurs in 1 in 200 women. It is more common in those […]

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What is station?

  In obstetrics, station refers to descent of the fetal presenting part (hopefully the head) in the pelvis. An imaginary line is drawn between the two bones in the pelvis (known as ischial spines).  This is the “zero” line, and when the baby reaches this line it is considered to be in “zero station.”  When […]

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SDI: frequently asked questions

I’m pregnant and wonder if I can file a claim for State Disability Insurance (SDI) benefits? If so, for how long? Yes. The usual disability period for a NORMAL pregnancy is up to four weeks before the expected delivery date and up to 6 weeks after the actual delivery for vaginal deliveries and 8 weeks […]

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