New patient care classes!

As a group, we embrace the many benefits of spontaneous labor:  a higher chance of a successful vaginal birth, typically faster labor and less painful early labor, and assurance that both your body and your baby are ready for birth.

 In our effort to decrease scheduled elective inductions for convenience, we recognize the importance of all of our patients feeling comfortable with all of our physicians and receiving consistent and compassionate care from our entire practice!
To achieve this, we are excited to institute our new plan for prenatal care.  In addition to your regular scheduled visits with your individual physician, you will also have the opportunity to participate in several group teaching/discussion visits.  The educational goals of these visits will include topics such as:
-details on nutrition and exercise in pregnancy
-breastfeeding – why it’s important and how to succeed
-expectations per trimester, review of potential pregnancy complications, and signs to watch for
-expectations in labor, comfort measures and pain management in labor
-postpartum expectations, nutrition, and postpartum depression
-and more!
Through these group visits you will have the opportunity to meet and get to know all of the physicians in our group.  You will also have the opportunity to meet with other moms and have more extensive discussions on issues that are important to you!
We look forward to caring for you and helping you to have a healthy pregnancy and birth.  Our desire to decrease elective inductions for best health practice is in accordance with recommendations by several leading medical societies including ACOG (American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians).

Life Begins @ 50 Expo

Great job to Dr. Renee Harris!  She was recently asked to be a guest speaker at the Life Begins @ 50 Expo on April 20, 2013 at the River Center in downtown Baton Rouge.  At the Expo, she represented Woman’s Hospital and gave a presentation discussing robotic hysterectomies.  Points discussed included the gynecological conditions that can lead to surgery and the different surgical techniques that can be used. The presentation was well attended and informative.

A hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s uterus.  A robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical method of removing a woman’s uterus.  Some medical conditions that may lead to the need for this surgery include heavy or irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, postmenopausal bleeding, cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse that are not relieved by medical management.

Prior to minimally invasive surgery, a hysterectomy was performed either through the patient’s abdomen or vagina.  If performed through the abdomen, postoperative difficulties may include increased pain, bleeding, wound infection, and requiring a longer hospital stay than compared to minimally invasive techniques.  With a robotic hysterectomy, a person can expect to go home the same day or the day after surgery and have a faster recovery period with smaller incisions and decreased pain.  There is also a reduced risk for complications like bleeding and infection.

Medical management is usually tried first to treat medical conditions.  However, if surgery is becoming the more favorable option, discuss with your doctor if you would be a good candidate for robotic surgery.