World Breastfeeding Week

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) will focus on supporting working women who choose to breastfeed in the workplace. Revisiting the 1993 WBW campaign that focused on the Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative, the 2015 campaign seeks to review the action taken over the past 22 years to ensure that women have the capability to combine breastfeeding and work. As more and more women choose to return […] Read More

Episiotomy: Is It Beneficial After All?

When I began my obstetrics and gynecology residency training in the early 1980s, it was routine practice to perform an episiotomy during vaginal birth. The procedure — an incision made in the perineum and vaginal wall to make room for the baby — was believed to minimize trauma to the perineum and reduce pelvic relaxation. Pelvic floor relaxation and dysfunction — conditions characterized by a feeling of pelvic heaviness, vaginal […] Read More

Measles

Measles

Measles (Rubeola) is a viral disease which was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000 as a result of vaccination programs beginning in 1967. As a result of decreased vaccination rates in the U.S and exposure to the infection from foreign travelers, new Measles cases  were reported in record numbers in 2014. Measles is highly contagious with an incubation period of 8-10 days. 75 percent of susceptible […] Read More

Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Vitamin D, or calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin with a very well understood role in bone health. Over the last several years it’s role in immune function, cell growth, neuromuscular function and reduction of inflammation has prompted more routine testing of vitamin D levels. Currently, there is  intense interest in the role Vitamin D plays in pregnancy. A recent review article explored hundreds of studies on Vitamin […] Read More

You and the Flu

It’s flu season again, and here at Golden Gate Obstetrics and Gynecology, we want to make sure that you and your loved ones are protected! Influenza is a very serious disease that can lead to hospitalization, and even death. Even people that are very healthy can get sick from the flu, and have the potential to spread the disease to others in their family or […] Read More

Obesity and Pregnancy

Originally written By: Sean Bourke, MD, Edited by Karen Callen, MD For many women, weight management is a lifelong challenge, and planning to become pregnant can be great a motivator for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Knowing the facts about excess maternal weight with its attendant health risks for moms and babies, can help inform the choices obese women make while planning pregnancy and once they have conceived. […] Read More

What Causes Back Pain in Pregnancy?

Back pain in pregnancy has many possible causes. It usually is caused by strain on the back muscles. In mid-pregnancy, when your uterus becomes heavier, it changes your center of gravity. You then slowly begin to change your posture and the ways that you move. Most women begin to lean backward in the later months of pregnancy—making their back muscles work harder. Weakness of the […] Read More

A New Smartphone App Can Screen Your Newborn For Jaundice

Jaundice occurs when billirubin builds up in the blood and tissues of the body. Billirubin is a natural byproduct created from the break down of red blood. Typically, the liver takes care of excess billirubin, but in new babies the process may not be fully functional. If not treated, jaundice can cause brain damage and can threaten the baby’s life. That is why parents need […] Read More

Autism Risk Linked To Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy

Today, the CDC’s current estimate is that one in every 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). And while the methods for identifying children with ASDs rely firmly on assessing a subset of early childhood skills and behaviors, research into the causes of ASD continues to evolve. On June 23, a group of Californian doctors published a study that fortifies the link between prenatal […] Read More

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