Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Breast Cancer Prevention

Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer during her lifetime? It might not be Breast Cancer Awareness Month anymore, but at Women’s Care we believe it’s important to keep the conversation going all year long. That’s why we sat down with Dr. Valary Gass to talk about the preventative steps we can all take to stay healthy.

Knowing The Symptoms:

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women, so it’s important to know the signs that can help with early detection. Some of the symptoms include:
  • Skin changes, such as swelling, redness, or other visible differences
  • An increase in size or change in shape of one or both breasts
  • General pain in or on any part of the breast
  • Changes in appearance in one or both nipples
  • Nipple discharge
  • Lumps or nodes felt on or inside of the breast(s)

Most women who have breast cancer will notice only one or two of these symptoms at first. While the presence of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, it should still be investigated by your healthcare provider.

When To Start Screening:

“Factors like your personal and family history can influence how early you start and how often you should be screened,” Dr. Gass explains. The American Cancer Society suggests that women ages 40-44 should have the choice to start annual mammograms.
“Have a conversation with your doctor during this time about when you should start screening,” Dr. Gass says.
Between the ages of 45-55, women should have annual mammograms. After the age of 55, women can choose to have a mammogram every other year or continue with annual mammograms.
“Have an open discussion with your physician about what screening strategy is right for you,” Dr. Gass says.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers at Women’s Care, you can call us at 920-729-7105 or click here:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

So, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?

So, What’s The Real Benefit Of Having A Midwife?

For many women, having the same care provider that they saw during their entire pregnancy with them throughout their labor and delivery is very comforting.

“Especially for a natural birth, where you need that bedside support!” Becky says.

Midwifery care is often described as having a “high touch, low tech” approach to medical care. Midwives are experts in supporting women in normal, healthy childbirth and focus heavily on building relationships with women and their families by listening and providing information, guidance, and counseling in a shared decision-making process.

“One of the reasons I became a midwife was because I really enjoyed the relationships and bonds I was able to form with my patients,” says Kay. “To care for them throughout their pregnancy, to be there for the delivery, and then to see them for years to come and grow with them… it’s really special!”

“I have patients that I saw as teenagers that are now having babies,” Becky adds. “It’s just incredible!”

Scheduling Your First Appointment

If you’re interested in seeing one of our certified nurse midwives, you can schedule your first appointment by calling 920.729.7105 or by clicking here.

You can also learn more about each of our certified nurse midwives and healthcare providers here.