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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: Delivery

Ectopic Pregnancy Causes & How to Help Prevent It

Ectopic Pregnancy Causes An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy where the fertilized egg attaches and begins to grow outside of the uterus or womb. In a normal pregnancy, a fertilized egg develops into a fetus in the lining of the uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants elsewhere within the female reproductive system. Over 95% of the time, an ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that run from the ovaries to the uterus. However, in rare cases, an ectopic pregnancy may occur in the cervix, intra-abdominal area, or another location.

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The ARRIVE Clinical Trial: New evidence supports the safety of elective labor induction at 39 weeks

Pregnant woman counting down days until laborThe normal human gestation period is nine months or 40 weeks. Of course, real life is rarely textbook perfect, and most women do not go into spontaneous labor at exactly 40 weeks, 0 days of pregnancy. The majority of babies arrive a few days before or after this mark, and this mild unpunctuality is usually not a cause for concern.

As of 2009, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reported that almost one-quarter (22%) of all pregnant women in the United States underwent induction of labor. This figure had more than doubled since 1990. Of course, many women have inductions for medically-indicated reasons, but elective inductions are also popular for reasons of convenience or to choose their child’s birth date. Read More

The Childbirth Education Series

Garofalo Obgyn Proudly Presents The Childbirth Education Series

Labor And Delivery Education

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 6-8:30pm
  • Cost: $50/couple

Please join Jennifer Worsfold, RN, CBE for in depth information on the labor and childbirth process, role of the support person, comfort measures, medication, anesthesia, and relaxation and breathing techniques. Jennifer has been a labor and delivery nurse for the past 25 years and has vast experience teaching childbirth education classes to expecting parents.

Caring For The Newborn

  • TBD
  • Cost: $25/couple

Dr. Sarah Siegel, MD. a local pediatrician, will prepare you for life with a newborn baby! Hear the most current information on early development, how to care for your infant, and parenting strategies for the first few months. After working for seven years at The Norwalk Community Health Center, Dr. Siegel recently joined Village Pediatrics located in Westport, CT.

Breastfeeding  101

  • TBD 
  • Cost: $25/couple

This class is designed for pregnant women interested in breastfeeding. Partners are encouraged to attend too. Topics covered include: benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect in the first 24-48 hours, positioning and latch, milk production, diet and nutrition, feeding schedules, common issues and how to overcome This class will be taught by Dana Czuczka, a certified lactation consultant.

All classes are held in our waiting room in Norwalk Connecticut. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Sign up with reception.  Call 203.855.3535.

Should you Bank your Child’s Cord Blood?

Since the late 1990s expectant parents have asked me questions about umbilical cord blood and its uses. Since then, many clinical trials have been conducted. Stem cell news headlines have become more common and private cord blood banking companies have become experts at reaching most parents-to-be via advertising and the Internet. As people become more aware of the services available and the potential benefits of cord blood, I’ve heard many more inquiries from my patients.

Most of the questions have centered on whether or not I recommend that parents bank their child’s cord blood in a private facility in case their child or a close relative could benefit from it at some point in the future.

The answer is not a simple one.

Umbilical cord blood contains stem cells, which are different from most other types of cells in that they have the potential to form red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which can help stimulate cellular growth and help with blood’s clotting properties. Some parents pay to have this blood preserved via freezing in a private blood bank. Other parents pay a much smaller amount to donate cord blood to a public blood bank. The blood is used when needed by someone who is a good match. At this time, no hospitals in Connecticut collect cord blood for public blood banks. Read More