Bringing women together to care for other women is a powerful thing, and women choose female gynecologists and obstetricians for their healthcare specifically because they are women—and we love them because they are women! With a clear understanding that women are all different, but at the same time knowing that all women are special and deserve the finest health care, the team at Piedmont Healthcare’s Women’s Center are providers who take their job seriously, with a dash of fun thrown in.
YOU’RE HAVING A BABY
“A lot of women want a less clinical environment when they labor and deliver,” said midwife Sybilla Howell, a new addition to the Women’s Center’s staff. “I love being able to work so closely with new mothers during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.” Sybilla and the Women’s Center’s physicians and nurses play a critical role in making having a baby safe and special. A partnership with Iredell Memorial Birth Place allows women to give birth in a home-like setting the way they want to. Everything about The Birth Place is designed to be pleasant, safe, and comfortable—the monitors are more comfortable, you can walk around, even shower, and each room has a large, private bath. Turn down the lights or open the shades. Enjoy your music, if you like. The rooms are peaceful with comfy furniture so your partner, family, or visitors can be with you, and the unit is fully secure, so no worries. New moms labor and deliver in their private rooms, but rest assured that all the modern equipment needed for your baby’s birth is at hand.
THE NEW LABOR POOL
The Birth Place has acquired a new labor pool to help women be as comfortable as possible by spending labor in a tub filled with warm water. “We are very excited to offer this option,” Dr. Roshnara Singh told me. “It’s a comfort measure provided for more relaxed, less stressed labor—women can easily change positions. They relax physically and mentally, and water provides a sense of privacy, too, lessening inhibition and anxiety. There’s always a professional there with you throughout your labor in the pool.”
INFORMING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN
“There are many things that women and girls need to know about themselves, their health and wellbeing that they may not have learned at home or school or in their own experience,” Dr. Ariel Ansley shared. “The best care includes listening, sharing, and answering questions—any questions.” Dr. Ansley has been with The Women’s Center for about a year, and every day she strives to care for her patients in this way. “The best part of this work is connecting to women long-term, year after year. I want young women to know that the decisions they make now will affect their entire life and that you can only make good decisions if you understand what’s what. Teens know they can talk with me about anything that’s on their mind, what’s going on in school, questions about sex, whatever. When I make that connection, when they trust that I understand, it can be very powerful.”
The Women’s Center provides a continuum of healthcare throughout a woman’s life—from teens to seniors in their 90s. “Talking with my patients—grandmothers, mothers, and daughters—helping them stay healthy, and learning about their families are what I love,” Dr. Torres explained. “I know I’m using my skills and medical knowledge to make a real difference in my patients’ lives.” Rebekah McCarthy and Pam Monroe, nurse practitioners, do many of the same things as the physicians. “Every day is different, it keeps us on our toes,” Pam said. “There’s some social work in what we do, guiding women through their lives, through pregnancy, breast feeding, or newborn care—sometimes we’re sitting in for Mom or Grandma who used to give this advice. Everyone on our team respects each woman we see; it’s the same whether we’re discussing contraception or doing a breast exam. For us, it’s about our patients’ good health.”
Dr. Margot Wacks joins The Women’s Center this month. Dr. Wacks is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, with specialties in obstetrics and gynecology. She has completed all the training an MD receives, but with a more holistic edge. “I’m trained in gynecological robotic surgery,” Dr. Wacks said. “The benefits of this minimally invasive approach are quicker hospital discharge, less recovery time, and less medication needed.” Robotics allows for complex minimally invasive procedures with precision and accuracy. It is an alternative to some open surgeries. Dr. Wacks and Dr. Ansley can robotically treat gynecologic conditions such as severe pelvic pain, endometriosis, fibroids, abnormal bleeding, pelvic organ prolapse, and cancer.
Other minimally invasive, in-office procedures are convenient and less costly. Sonohysterography uses ultrasound to diagnose bleeding and find polyps, fibroids or scarring, and it can help determine a woman’s difficulty getting pregnant. It’s done in the office in about half an hour—more affordable than hospitalization.
“In-office procedures like these are easy, convenient, with little to no down-time,” Dr. Torres explained. “With no general anesthesia, patients are back to family and work quickly.” Reversible, short- and long-term birth control methods are also prescribed: hormone-free or hormone releasing IUDs, patches, injections, vaginal rings, male and female condoms, spermicides, and oral contraceptives. At the Women’s Center, options are explored and fully explained, with the doctor’s recommendation based on each woman’s unique situation and medical history.
TOTAL CARE FOR WOMEN
A full menu treating gynecologic concerns is offered: pre-conceptual, infertility and contraception counseling, annual exams, breast health, preventive screening, PMS, uncomfortable intercourse and libido, pelvic pain, heavy periods, STDs, menopause and hormone replacement, gynecologic and bladder surgery, in-office ablations, as well as genetic screening and diagnostic ultrasound.
Obstetric care addresses women’s reproductive health prenatally, during pregnancy, through childbirth and the postnatal period. Drs. Singh, Torres, Ansley, and Wacks, midwife Sybilla Howell, and two nurse practitioners, Pamela Monroe and Rebekah McCarthy, listen carefully and partner with patients in making vital decisions. Timely, comprehensive, and friendly customer service is supported by certified medical assistants and the entire office staff.
Sometimes a partial, total, or laparoscopic hysterectomy or other gynecological surgery is recommended. The Center’s physicians are experienced and skilled in these procedures. “A hospital stay is required, so whenever we can, we opt to use the least invasive method,” Dr. Singh explained. “A total laparoscopic hysterectomy requires just one to three hospital days. It’s done through just a few tiny abdominal incisions, and women get back to their regular activities in the shortest time. We help women find the right option for them. Our patients are like family, and we treat them that way.”
LOOKING GOOD = FEELING GOOD
Women like CoolSculpting to help get rid of unwanted fat on the body. “For women who have tried everything and still have stubborn fat that just won’t go away, CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, FDA-cleared alternative to liposuction,” Dr. Singh said. “It’s an in-office, no anesthesia procedure that can eliminate, for good, fat in various places—from the chin to the knees and all in between: inner and outer thighs, arms, back, muffin tops. For many women this is the right way to go.”
THE BEST WORK THERE IS
Perhaps Dr. Ansley said it best: “There’s no other job that is 95% good, positive, and so rewarding.” If you have questions, please contact Piedmont Healthcare’s Women’s Center. Nothing better than a medical practice of women for women, with a dash of fun thrown in.
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650 Signal Hill Drive Extension, Statesville, NC 28625