September 8, 2017

Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, Answers Some Common Breast Surgery Questions

One of the most difficult things a woman will undertake after being diagnosed with breast cancer is making sure they identify and ask the right questions about surgery. Should you consider a double mastectomy? What about post-surgery? Do you need chemotherapy? Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, with Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, answers […]

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February 23, 2017

Pap Smears – The Cancer Screening Every Woman Should Get

By Jennifer Sellers A gynecological exam isn’t a visit any woman looks forward to, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a minor event with a potentially major outcome. The Pap smear, which is conducted during a routine pelvic exam, is only a 5-minute procedure. This small time investment, performed once every 3 to […]

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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

By Michelle Porter Tiernan Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by […]

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December 15, 2016

Have a Healthy Pregnancy – What Mothers-to-Be Should Know About Folic Acid

By Jason Schneider Preparing for the birth of a child can never start too early. That’s the message of the March of Dimes North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign, an initiative aimed at reducing birth defects and improving birth outcomes statewide. Part of the Every Woman North Carolina program, the campaign educates women on the importance […]

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October 4, 2016

Midwifery: So Much More than Catching Babies

Beth Hodges is passionate about bringing children into this world in the most natural way possible. As a labor and delivery nurse, she has helped hundreds of women deliver their babies. Hodges also has given birth to five children of her own. While each delivery entails a unique and beautiful story, Hodges will tell you […]

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October 4, 2016

It’s Midwifery Week – So, What Exactly Is a Midwife?

By Alison Christopher, CNM, MSN When I tell people that I am a midwife, people normally ask what that is or ask, “You deliver babies at home?” I even had one person ask, “So, you have babies for people?” I have spent a lot of time in my career explaining what a midwife is. When people […]

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September 19, 2016

Discomfort During Pregnancy: What’s Normal and What’s Not

Margaret Sullivan, MD, MPH, of McDowell OB/GYN in Marion offers insight into what type of discomfort can be expected during pregnancy, as seen in the latest edition of WNC Parent. Pregnancy is a time full of excitement but can also produce anxiety about what is normal versus problematic. Pregnancy produces both physical and hormonal changes. You will […]

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September 16, 2016

Knowledge Is Power – Know the Facts About Gynecological Cancer

By Deanna L. Thompson September is National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to increase your knowledge about the three main types of cancer that can develop in a woman’s reproductive organs: endometrial, ovarian and cervical. In general, your best strategy for preventing these cancers is to make healthy lifestyle choices, know your family […]

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September 8, 2016

When Was Your Last Pap Smear? This Cervical Cancer Survivor Shares the Importance of Preventative Care

By Jennifer Sellers When 35-year-old Marion resident Elizabeth Suttles was diagnosed with stage 1B cervical cancer, it wasn’t because she was regularly getting checkups from her gynecologist—it was because she happened to make an appointment for her daughter. Suttles had been a patient of Nisha Patel, MD, FACOG, at McDowell Women’s Care in Marion, years […]

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