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Mommy Guilt (Parent Guilt)

By: Ashley Meyer, Marketing Coordinator at Southwest Health Do you know the feeling?  The one where at the end of the day, after the kids have gone to bed and you finally get a chance to sit down, suddenly this feeling comes over your chest.  Is it insecurity?  Yes, in a way it is, but [read more]

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The Not So Fertile Myrtle

  by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN at The Women’s Center at Southwest Health Women often ask me if it’s okay they’re not pregnant yet. Typically they’ll ask after six or nine months or even a year of trying, wondering whether everything is normal. We can approach this by figuring out whether things are normal [read more]

KNOW NO

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It’s been buzzing through social media like an angry hornet. News about recent sexual assaults and their clueless, sexist, misogynistic, violent, and criminal perpetrators is everywhere. And it’s shocking. But our goal should not be to make Facebook explode or to astonish people by detailing the damages [read more]

Is bladder leakage controlling your life?

by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN – Director of Women’s Health at The Women’s Center at Southwest Health It’s no surprise that as we age our muscles change and even weaken. This also includes the muscles in your vaginal wall that support your bladder. So it shouldn’t be a surprise either that over 40% of [read more]

NATURE VS INDUCTION

By Meghan Raeder, RN, BSN, CLC – OB Supervisor and Certified Lactation Counselor at the Birthing Center at Southwest Health Life is full of so many unknowns. The most challenging of them comes with finding out you’re pregnant. “Will my baby be a boy or girl?” “Will they have my dimples?” But, the most common [read more]

What you need to know about Zika

All the recent talk about the Zika virus and what could happen to your baby if you contract it while pregnant has pregnant women reeling. OB/GYN Specialist, Dr. Kim Christopher Mackey is here to clear up any misconceptions and put you at ease with the real facts about Zika. “The best thing to do regarding the Zika virus in [read more]

Gestational Diabetes – What you need to know.

by Kim Christopher Mackey, MD, OBGYN Pregnancy makes all women diabetic, just a Little. Why? A specific hormone, human placental lactogen (HPL), keeps sugar circulating at higher levels during pregnancy because babies use this sugar for energy. In some pregnancies the placenta makes too much HPL, and sugar levels in mom become too high as well. When mom’s blood [read more]

Weighing in on BMI

Some providers are electing to refer women with high risk pregnancies to big medical centers away from home. It’s true that women with a higher BMI, higher blood pressure, and other complications have more risk in pregnancy. At the Women’s Center at Southwest Health we offer a different approach. Our highest priority is always you. [read more]

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30 MINUTES to Help Save A LIFE

Pink ribbons. Pink t-shirts. Pink bags. Pink hats. We are all familiar with the pink takeover that sweeps the nation every October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month ramps up. But with all this awareness why are women over 50 still not getting yearly mammograms? It’s often a combination of fear—“Mammograms are too painful”—and denial—“It can’t [read more]

Breakthroughs in Cervical Health

  A gynecology checkup used to automatically include a Pap test. Today, women still need yearly exams, but they no longer need a Pap test every time. Pap smears, as well as our knowledge around the causes and behavior of abnormal cells on the cervix, have improved tremendously. The big breakthrough was finding human papillomavirus [read more]