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Factors To Consider When Selecting A Primary Care Physician

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors To Consider When Selecting A Primary Care Physician

If you are moving, changing your health insurance or are simply unhappy with your current doctor, you may be looking for a new primary care physician. As you search for a new doctor, there are many factors to consider. Some of the most obvious include whether the doctor takes your insurance, their location, their experience and how comfortable you feel talking to them. However, there are many other factors that you need to consider as well. Here are a few factors that you may not think about or overlook that are important to consider as you search for a new primary care physician. If the Doctor is Part of a Group Practice or Individual Practice One important factor to consider as you search for a new primary care doctor is whether the doctor you are considering has an individual practice or is part of a group practice. As a general rule of thumb, if the doctor is part of a group practice, the other doctors in the group will pitch in and take on the doctor’s patients should your doctor be sick or on vacation when you need care. If the doctor has an individual practice, there may not be anyone that takes on their patients when they are away, which can leave you searching for a doctor should you need urgent care and your doctor is in vacation. A benefit to an individual practice is that it is smaller. The waiting room may be smaller as there is only one doctor’s patients, and there may be fewer staff. Ultimately, you have to decide which is ideal for you and select a doctor that best fits in with what you prefer. What Hospital the Doctor Admits Patients To Another factor to consider as you select a primary care physician is what hospital the doctor admits patients to. Not every doctor has privileges at every hospital. This can make it difficult or impossible for them to care for you or get you admitted into the hospital of your choice should you be sick. If you live in an area that has multiple hospitals, and you prefer one over the other, always ask a doctor if they admit patients to that hospital and if they have privileges at that hospital. How You Communicate With the Doctor The last factor you want to consider when selecting a new primary care physician is how you can communicate with the doctor. Some doctors are hard to reach. You may have to talk to staff to relay your message to the doctor. Other doctors have certain times of the day where they will take phone calls from patients. One of the newest trends is for doctors to allow patients to email them. The doctor will then respond to the email when they have time throughout the day. Being able to communicate with your doctor is important. It can give you peace of mind that you need to be seen or not be seen based on what you are experiencing. It can help you get a prescription filled quickly. Or it can help you ensure you are following doctor’s orders, in case you forget what you are told. As you search for a new primary care physician, always find out how you can communicate with the...

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Four Decisions To Make When Choosing A Stair Lift For Your Home

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Decisions To Make When Choosing A Stair Lift For Your Home

If the time has come to get a stair lift for your home, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many different brands and models that picking between them can feel impossible. Instead of just endlessly browsing through your options, a better way to approach this situation is to make a list of the features you need in a stair lift and then only look at models that offer those features. Here are the four main decisions you’ll need to make when narrowing down what features you need. Do you need a regular or heavy duty stair lift? While there is some variation between brands, in most cases, regular stair lifts have a weight limit of about 300 pounds. If you weigh more than 300 pounds, you will want to restrict your consideration to heavy duty stair lifts, which have higher weight capacities. If you’re near 300 pounds, it also may not be a bad idea to spring for a heavy duty chair lift. This way, if you happen to gain a few unplanned pounds, you do not have to worry about going through the struggle of replacing your stair lift. If you ever have visitors who may need to use the stair lift and are over 300 pounds, you can accommodate them, too. Do you need the chair to swivel? There are two basic types of seats that chair lifts may be fitted with. A fixed-seat chair lift has a chair that faces the interior of the staircase. To get in and out of the seat, you would have to step on the top or bottom stair. The other option is a swivel seat, which rotates to face the top or bottom of the stairs for you to get in and out — and then swings to face the interior of the staircase as you’re in motion. If you have very limited mobility, the swivel-seat chair is probably a better choice as it allows you to avoid stepping onto the stairs. However, if don’t envision yourself struggling to get into the chair from the step, a fixed seat might be a better choice. There is less of a chance of malfunction, as there’s no swiveling apparatus to worry about, and fixed-seat lifts tend to be cheaper, too. Do you need a foldable or non-foldable stair lift? Do you have family members who will be traversing the stairs by foot on a regular basis, or are you the only one who frequents the stairs? If you want the stairs to be very accessible to foot traffic, you may want to get a fold-up stair lift that condenses against the wall when not in use. However, if you’re the only one who uses the stairs regularly, you can get away with a non-folding stair lift — you won’t have to go through the struggle of folding it up. Anyone who does need to use the stairs by foot will be able to; they’ll just have to squeeze past the lift. Is a battery-powered lift or an electric lift better suited to your needs? A battery-powered stair lift plugs into the wall to charge, but then runs on its battery. An electric one must be plugged into the wall in order to run — it does not have...

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Why You Should Visit An Urgent Care Center If You Have The Flu

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Visit An Urgent Care Center If You Have The Flu

The flu is a nasty virus that can come on suddenly. While it typically is not hazardous for your health, it can leave you feeling miserable and tired for a number of days. The typical types of flu bugs that go around will usually go away on their own; however, if you visit a doctor quickly, you might be able to get medication that will help reduce the length of time this common illness affects the way you feel. Here are several things you should know about the flu and treatment options for it. What Causes The Flu? The flu is a highly contagious virus you can obtain simply by being exposed to someone that has this condition. If a person has the flu, tiny particles of the virus can get in the air. All it takes for you to catch this illness is breathing in air that is contaminated with the virus. There are multiple types of flus you can get, and visiting a doctor is the only way to find out if you should take medication or not to treat the symptoms you are experiencing. When Is Treatment Recommended? If you are suffering from a fever, chills, sore throat, and other respiratory symptoms, you may have a type of flu that can be treated with antiviral medications. The only way you can get these types of medications is by visiting a doctor. If your regular doctor is not available to see you, you can visit an urgent care clinic. The doctor you see will most likely test you to see what type of flu you have. This test typically involves rubbing a cotton swab on the back of your throat. This specimen is then tested (typically in the doctor’s office), and it will determine if you test positive for the types of flus that can be treated with antiviral medication. The downside to this test is that it offers the most accurate results if it is completed within 48 hours of getting the flu. If you wait too long, the test may not show a positive result. In this situation, the medications would not be helpful at all. The purpose of antiviral medications is to shorten the span of the flu symptoms. If you test positive and can take this medication, your chances of developing other illnesses from the flu will be reduced. If the flu is left untreated, it can turn into pneumonia in some cases, and this can be a dangerous condition for babies, seniors, and people with major health problems. Will A Flu Shot Help? When you already have the flu, getting a flu shot is not likely to help with the symptoms you are currently experiencing. Flu shots are helpful in general though, but they are not able to stop all types of flu strains. The flu is an illness that changes from year to year. Because of this, researchers are not able to make flu vaccinations that completely stop the chances of developing a flu illness. When they make the vaccinations each year, they try to speculate as to what types of strains might occur. Based on this, they will make vaccinations to stop these particular strains. Each year, the vaccinations made are unique, and this is why you must get a...

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2 Annoying Nail & Hair Problems a Dermatologist Can Quickly Fix

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Annoying Nail & Hair Problems a Dermatologist Can Quickly Fix

While you likely know that a dermatologist is the best medical specialist to visit when you are having problems with your skin, you may not realize that dermatologists are also very skilled in treating scalp, nail, and even hair problems. While your primary care physician may volunteer to help you take care of some of these issues, the advanced training and extensive experience dermatologists have in treating hair, nail, and scalp problems means that they can often find solutions to tackle your problems when your primary care physician has run out of options or cannot find the cause. Here are two common, annoying hair and nail problems you may be dealing with and how a dermatologist can help you fix them quickly and easily.  1. Hair Loss in Women Not Caused by Medical Conditions or Dietary Deficiencies If you are a woman and have sudden hair loss or thinning, then it is first important to have your primary care physician ensure it is not caused by a major medical problem, such as hypothyroidism, or dietary deficiencies. If these tests come back showing you have no medical problem that is causing the hair loss, then don’t just then accept it as a “normal part of aging” or something you just have to live with, like many people do. Your dermatologist can help you find the cause of the hair loss and a treatment to halt it or even reverse it. Here are three causes of hair loss in women and how your dermatologist can treat them.  If other women or even men in your family have experienced dramatic hair-thinning at any time in their lives, then that is a sign that you may have female-pattern hair loss. This is the most common cause of hair loss in women, and there are treatments that can not only halt the progression of it, but also give you your healthy, full head of hair back. The name of the condition can be a bit misleading, because women with this condition often experience thinning of their hair and no patches of missing hair. This hair loss or thinning is caused by hairs falling out too quickly due to a shortened grow cycle, and it easily treatable with a minoxidil scalp treatment that can lengthen this cycle and keep hairs on your head, where they should be. However, other women develop hair loss due to excessive production of male hormones in their bodies, called hyperandrogism. Your dermatologist may order hormonal tests to see if your body is producing too much androgen, and if it is, he or she can get this cause of hair loss under control with a medication called aldolactone. If your hair loss is accompanied by acne around your jawline, which is another common problem when your body is producing too much androgen, then this medication can also help diminish the acne while it makes your hair fuller.  Ciatrical alopecia may be the cause of your hair loss if your scalp also feels red or irritated. This type of alopecia has many potential causes, and one can be an inflammatory skin condition that is treatable with topical and/or oral cortisterioids. While this more rare cause of hair thinning in women is not able to be reversed completely, treatment can keep you from losing more hair than you have already...

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3 Delicious, Nutritious Soft Foods You Can Eat The First 2 Days After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Delicious, Nutritious Soft Foods You Can Eat The First 2 Days After Dental Implant Surgery

After having dental implant surgery, you may have been instructed to eat only cold, soft foods for the first couple of days afterward. You may think this means you can only have bland, boring foods. However, there are several foods you can prepare that not only adhere to your dentist’s guidelines, but they are delicious and nutritious as well. Cold Basil Pesto Orzo The orzo that provides the base for this cold basil pesto dish becomes very soft when prepared, and its small size means you do not have to struggle with chewing and risk damaging your incision sites.  This tasty pasta dish is flavored with aromatic, fresh basil. Not only does the herb provide seasoning for the dish, it may help your implant incisions heal faster and prevent infection. Basil contains 345% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K, which is essential for helping your blood clot. The herb also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. To make this dish, prepare 1 cup of orzo according to the package’s instructions. When cooked, rinse it with cold water, then set it aside in a medium-size bowl. In a food processor, combine 2 cups of fresh basil leaves, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cold water and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix the ingredients on high for 15 seconds or until smooth. Pour the pesto sauce over the orzo. Mix until the pasta is fully coated. Then, cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour before eating. Broccoli And Cheese Omelet This broccoli and cheese omelet is soft, delicious and packed with protein and nutrients. Broccoli contains 303% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, as well as 11% calcium and 10% iron. These nutrients can help your body heal faster and replace any blood iron lost during the surgery. To make the broccoli soft enough to eat, cut the florets into small pieces. In a small skillet, saute one cup of the pieces in a tablespoon of butter on medium high heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to low heat. Then, add two tablespoons of water, cover, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  While the broccoli is simmering, beat two eggs in a small bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Drain the water from the broccoli, and pour the eggs over it. Cook until the eggs are almost cooked. Top with a tablespoon of shredded cheese, then flip one side of the combination over the other. Cook for an additional minute to melt the cheese, then remove and eat. Chocolate-Banana Smoothie If you are not quite ready to eat, you can drink your meal instead with a chocolate-banana smoothie. The banana in this mixture not only adds a rich texture and fruity taste, but it also helps replace vitamins and electrolytes that can be lost after implant surgery. One cup of mashed banana contains 23% potassium, 15% magnesium and 33% vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and aids in healing. In a blender, add 1 cup of chocolate milk, 1 cup of mashed, ripe banana and a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Blend on medium until the mixture is smooth. If you...

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Treating Back Pain Without Medication

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treating Back Pain Without Medication

Suffering from back pain can be uncomfortable and leave you unable to take part in strenuous activity. Typically, medications are prescribed to relax the muscles and ease your pain. You may have adverse reactions to pills, may drive for work and don’t want to be sleepy, or may simply wish to refrain for personal reasons. However, there may be a number of reasons why you don’t want to take pain meds. Luckily, there are different ways to treat your pain without the use of medications. Here is how. Chiropractor When you experience any sort of pain, it can really limit your normal day to day activities. When you experience back or neck pain, you should seek out a chiropractor to help alleviate the pain you are experiencing. When you first go to a chiropractor,  you will have to fill out papers to give them a better understanding of your health and if you have had previous issues in the area that arw preventing you from living a comfortable life. More than likely, the chiropractor will take an X-ray of the isolated place that you are experiencing the pain. Once they get a better understanding and see that you do not have any issue internally, they will give you an adjustment. The adjustment is focused on where you have the pain. For example if you are experiencing back pain, the  chiropractor will find the location on you and press down on that area which will help to release  air in the area and relieve pressure.  Acupuncture Acupuncture is an ancient traditional form of Chinese medicine. This procedure is done by putting long needles in the affected acupuncture points of the body. When you seek to have acupuncture as a treatment to pain, make sure you go to a place that is properly trained and regulated to do so. Ensuring that the location you go to uses single use needles, that the facility is sterile andemplotees are  properly trained. Additionally, when the needles are placed in the pressure-pointed areas, some places will even light the end of the needles to provide a soothing aroma for you. This aroma can assist  with the pain and healing process. While this remedy is not as popular as some, it allows you an alternative to taking prescribed medications.  Stretching When you stretch your neck and back,  it increases the blood flow to those areas that you are stretching. When you increase blood flow, it allows the joints in  the affected areas to get some pain relief. When blood flow is prevalent, it helps lubricate the joints and muscles. Expanding the affected areas increases circulation to improve your mobility. While stretching is not an instant relief method, it will help you heal and eventually alleviate the pain that you are experiencing.  Heating Pads and Ice Packs One of the easiest ways to treat minimal back pain and discomfort is to ice it or lay a heating pad on the affected areas. The hot and cold of either of these methods causes nerves to expand and contract, which can decrease pain caused by nerves. Some people experience better results with a heating pad, and others with an ice pack, so try both methods to see which you prefer. If you worked too hard in the yard or are experiencing...

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Tips To Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risks

If you are a woman over the age of 40, then you likely know that your risk of developing breast cancer rises significantly as you get older. Specifically, 1 in 68 40 year old women develop the cancer and 1 in 42 50 year old women will likely have some form of breast cancer. Your risks go up even more as you reach the age of 60 and 70. This means that it is necessary to do everything in your power to reduce your personal breast cancer risks as much as possible as your age. While a good diet and exercise regimen are always a great idea to keep cancer at bay, you should also consider doing the following things. Limit Hormone Replacement Therapy Many women will struggle with a barrage of physical and emotional changes when they go through menopause. Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, dry skin, and sleeplessness are a few of the common symptoms. These symptoms arise because the body stops releasing eggs from the ovaries and the body stops getting the uterus ready for pregnancy. This also means that the body stops producing as much estrogen and progesterone. Not only will the typical menopause symptoms occur, but osteoporosis may set in since estrogen helps the body absorb calcium. Your general physician may suggest the use of hormone replacement therapy to curb symptoms as you start to go through menopause. This will reduce symptoms and decrease your risk of forming brittle bones. However, hormone therapy that combines both estrogen and progesterone will increase your risks of developing breast cancer, and the longer the therapy is administered, the greater your cancer risks will be. To reduce your risks, consider hormone replacement therapy for a short period of time only. Treatments for a year or less are ideal. Also, therapy that utilizes estrogen alone is a better option than combined estrogen and progesterone therapy.  Keep in mind that breast cancer risks increase whether you are provided with oral pills, creams, or other topical products. Fortunately, your risk of developing the cancer will return to a normal level three years after you stop taking the hormones. Receive Extra Imaging You likely will be advised by your OBGYN to start scheduling mammograms every one or two years once you turn 45. This is necessary to identify abnormal lumps within the breasts that may be cancerous tumors. Typically, a mammogram that utilizes x-ray technology will be used. In some case, your physician may indicate that three-dimensional imaging should be performed. This imaging will produce a more complete image of the breast so that smaller abnormalities can be located. This can help to catch tumors extremely early. However, if you have been informed that you have dense breast tissue, then even a three-dimensional image may not provide your OBGYN with enough information to determine whether or not results indicate normal dense tissues or tumor formations. When this is the case, your test results will be inconclusive and other types of imaging tests will need to be performed. Typically, your doctor will schedule either an MRI or a sonogram to look at your breast tissue. However, some individuals decide to skip these imaging tests due to the extra costs and the additional nuisance of scheduling more appointments. Also, MRI imaging can increase the amount of radiation you receive. However,...

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5 Medications That Can Cause Skin Problems

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Medications That Can Cause Skin Problems

While acne is one of the most common reasons people seek out the expertise of professional dermatology services, allergic reactions and dermal side effects from medications are other reasons people visit their skin doctors. If you notice unusual changes in the texture, color, or sensation in your skin, your medications may be to blame. Here are five medications that can contribute to skin problems: Antihistamines Antihistamines are commonly used in the treatment of itching and allergic reactions. They are also used to help relieve watery eyes and reduce the symptoms of post nasal drip. While effective in the management of these conditions, antihistamines can lead to severe itching and skin dryness. They dry out secretions in the mucus membranes such as the nose, mouth, and eyes, and to a lesser extent, the skin. Although these medications are often prescribed to relieve allergy-related itching, they can sometimes worsen it. If your skin becomes dry, irritated, and itchy as a result of taking antihistamines, stay hydrated by increasing your water intake, and apply a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream to your skin as needed. Hormones Certain hormonal preparations used in the treatment of benign uterine fibroid tumors and fibrocystic breast disease can lead to excessively oily skin. Not only can oil production increase, hormone use can also raise the risk for cystic acne. Danazol, an androgenic hormone that is similar to testosterone can cause your sebaceous glands to overproduce sebum and oil. This problem can sometimes be diminished or even eliminated, however, when the dosage is lowered.  Antibiotics Antibiotics are used to eradicate bacterial infections. They can be taken orally or topically, depending on if the infection is systemic or local. Certain antibiotics can lead to a condition known as photosensitivity. This condition makes your skin look like it’s been sunburned because it causes inflammation and redness. Antibiotics such as tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, and cotrimoxazole can cause photosensitivity, so if you take any of these, your doctor will advise you to limit your sun exposure and use a sunblock when outdoors. While most cases of photosensitivity are minor, some cases can cause severe redness, blistering, and peeling. If warranted, your dermatologist may prescribe a topical steroid cream to treat your photo sensitive reaction. NSAIDs Medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can also cause dermatological problems. Drugs classified as NSAIDs include ibuprofen and aspirin, and although considered safe, these medications can cause severe local and systemic reactions. Aspirin not only has the potential to worsen asthma and blood coagulation problems, it can also cause widespread bruising, rashes, and itching. If you take NSAIDs for a chronic medical condition such as arthritis, or if you take a daily aspirin to enhance your cardiovascular system, see your doctor at the first sign of any skin changes. Diuretics Diuretics, also known as “water pills,” are often prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure and swollen ankles. These medications release excess fluid from the tissues, while increasing urination. Because of this, diuretics can lead to dehydration, causing your skin to become dry, wrinkled, and irritated. If you take diuretics, stay well-hydrated by drinking non-caffeinated beverages such as water and fruit juices to help replace lost fluids. Avoiding hot showers and long baths, as well as applying moisturizing lotion to your skin will help minimize dryness and...

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3 Things To Know About Arthritis During Pregnancy

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Know About Arthritis During Pregnancy

While many women with arthritis experience fewer arthritic symptoms during pregnancy than usual, some women experience a heightening of symptoms. If you fall into this second category, there are 3 things you should know about finding pain relief and keeping you and your developing fetus healthy: medication and exercise can greatly improve your prenatal experience, and certain warning signs can help you know when to seek extra help from your rheumatologist. 1. Safe Medication is Available A major concern expectant women have when dealing with chronic disease such as arthritis is what medication is safe to take when pregnant. Thankfully, there are both prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help relieve arthritis symptoms without risking harm to you or your baby. The best way to treat arthritis is to work closely with your obstetrician and your rheumatologist to ensure that the right symptoms are being treated in a manner that’s safe. Some medications you might expect to try include the following: Various Prescription: A variety of prescription drugs have been tested for safety during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. These include sulfasalazine and infliximab. Corticosteroids: Safest in late pregnancy, corticosteroids are used to relieve arthritis. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: These medications are available over-the-counter and include aspirin and naproxen. Discuss with your rheumatologist a safe frequency and dose during pregnancy, because it is likely different than what you took before you conceived. 2. Exercises To Help Strengthen Joints There is an abundance of exercise videos and routines to choose from when pregnant. While pregnancy-focused regimes are safe for you and your infant, some are more prone to aggravate your arthritis, and others will help strengthen your joints and relieve arthritic inflammations. What you should focus on at this time is relaxing, stretching, and strengthening your joints in preparation to carry and deliver a healthy child. You probably don’t need anything strenuous like a high-intensity cardio workout. While some expectant mothers do enjoy these workouts, they can put too much stress on your joints and increase inflammation. Consider these types of workouts instead: Yoga: Yoga is all about relaxation and strength. Consistently doing these routines will strengthen the joints and muscles in your lower body to ease pain throughout your pregnancy. Look for a workout that is broken down by trimester, since the first and second trimester routines will focus mostly on strength and breathing. In the third trimester, increased flexibility exercises are designed to open the cervix to make labor and delivery a better experience. Swimming: Swimming takes the direct baby weight off your body and strengthens your muscles and joints. Don’t focus on getting a certain time on your laps, simply relax and swim the length of the pool while thinking about your infant. 3. Signs of Extra Stress in a Body Your growing belly causes a lot of stress on your lower back and hips. If arthritis is in your hips or knees, it’s likely that you’ll experience extra discomfort due to the pressure put on them. While some pain is expected, you should see your rheumatologist when you experience the following: Difficulty Walking: If your joints are constantly inflamed, feel locked up, or giving out on you, you need to see your rheumatologist for medication and exercise suggestions. Risk of falling and hurting your child increases when your...

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2 Things To Understand About Midwives And High-Risk Pregnancies

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things To Understand About Midwives And High-Risk Pregnancies

If you find out you are pregnant, one of the first things you will need to do is choose a doctor. This doctor will be there to monitor your pregnancy and deliver the baby when the time comes, and there are two main types of doctors to choose from for this. The first type is a midwife, and the second type is an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN). Midwives tend to have limitations with their services, and one limitation involves high-risk pregnancies. Here are two things to know about this. The Differences Between an OBGYN & a Midwife In 2008, OBGYNs delivered the majority of babies, with midwifes delivering only 7.5% of all babies. While this number is small, it has steadily been growing over the years. One of the key differences between these two types of doctors is the education they receive. An OBGYN attends college and medical school and completes a residency program. A midwife, on the other hand, typically goes to college and then earns a three-year master’s degree. Another key difference is the theories they use and support in their practices. OBGYNs are more likely to recommend pain medications, epidurals, and other forms of intervention. Midwives tends to focus more on natural ways to handle problems and pain during labor. They are also less likely to encourage cesarean-section deliveries, unless absolutely necessary.  Normal Pregnancy Versus High-Risk Pregnancy Because of the difference in education between an OBGYN and a midwife, many midwives are only able to assist with normal pregnancies. In other words, they are often not qualified enough to handle high-risk pregnancies safely. While this is not the case with all midwives, the majority of them will transfer patients to OBGYNs if the women become high-risk during their pregnancies. This factor is important to know if you are pregnant and already considered at a higher risk than a normal woman from the start of your pregnancy. Here are some factors that can place a woman at higher risk from the start: Age—When a woman is over the age of 35, she is often considered a high-risk patient. Women over this age tend to have more problems with their pregnancies than women that are younger. Health problems—Any type of existing health problem can immediately place a woman in this category. This can include heart problems, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases. History of miscarriages—Another factor that can place you in the high-risk category is a history of miscarriages. If you have had one or more miscarriages in the past, your doctor might consider you at a higher risk than normal. In addition to existing issues that can place women in the high-risk category, there are other issues that can develop during the pregnancy that can force them into this group. If you develop one of these conditions and are using a midwife, the midwife may decide to transfer you to the care of an OBGYN, simply to make sure you receive the care you may need due to the issue you are having. Here are some of the issues that can occur during pregnancy: You are having multiple births—If the ultrasound reveals more than one baby, you may be instantly considered a high-risk patient. Preeclampsia—This condition can cause problems with the placenta, and it is most common with...

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