Our licensed midwives offer well-woman care including annual visits, Pap smears, STD testing, breast exams and reproductive counseling. Visits focus on promoting whole-person wellness through integrated modalities. Many conditions can be managed within the practice but appropriate referrals are made when needed.
We care for you throughout the life-cycle
Our licensed midwives offer wellness care including gynecology and wellness care. Visits focus on promoting whole-person wellness through a combination of natural and medical approaches. Many conditions can be managed within the practice and appropriate referrals are made when needed.
GENERAL OVERVIEW OF OUR GYNECOLOGICAL CARE
We provide gynecological care to individuals throughout the lifecycle. We partner with our clients from adolescence through postmenopause to assist them in achieving maximum wellness. As primary care providers, our services include annual gynecological visits, comprehensive blood work, cervical cancer screening, sextually transmitted infection (STI) testing, birth control counseling, initiation and management, hormone balancing, fertility and preconception counseling. Visits focus on promoting whole-person wellness through a combination of natural and medical approaches. Much emphasis is placed on diet and lifestyle choices as we strongly believe food can be your medicine. In addition, we use a combination of botanicals, supplements, natural remedies, and medication when needed, to help our clients achieve optimal health. Many conditions can be managed within the practice and appropriate referrals are made when needed.
Adolescent Health Care
The midwifery model of care emphasizes education and family-centered care throughout the lifespan, which makes midwives ideal care providers for adolescents. We promote healthy behaviors and facilitate the development of lifelong positive lifestyle choices with our adolescent clients. We provide developmentally appropriate care, respect the growing independence, privacy, and learning needs of the maturing individual.
Choosing which type of birth control is right for you is a very personal choice that depends on many different factors. We are here to help guide you through this decision by providing education about the different types of birth control, as well as which would be best for you based on your lifestyle and your medical and family history. We offer birth control consults to discuss all of your options, including natural family planning, oral contraceptives, IUDs, condoms, diaphragms, and more. We also offer birth control initiation visits after you’ve considered all your options and done your research, and finally, birth control follow-up visits to periodically assess how you are feeling on your current form of birth control.
Cervical Cancer Screening
Individuals age 21-65 should generally be screened for cervical cancer every 3-5 years. We screen for cervical cancer by doing a Pap test in the office. For a pap test, cervical cells are collected from your cervix, sent to a lab, and examined under a microscope, looking for changes to the cells that are abnormal or cancerous. The test itself is very simple and takes all of 5 minutes to complete.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing
Individuals of all ages often worry about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), such as Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, HIV, and Syphilis. As midwives, we are trained to assess for STIs and treat them as needed. We offer herbal antimicrobial remedies as well as conventional medical treatments.
The aim of preconception care is to work with our clients of reproductive age to improve their health before conception, thereby improving pregnancy related outcomes. During a preconception visit, we assess and together make a plan to improve one’s health and nutritional status, supplementation and exercise regimens, and emotional well being.
Getting pregnant and figuring out your menstrual cycles can be tricky sometimes. We are here to help demystify your cycle and help you understand just what is going on in your body each month. We would love to help you learn to monitor your fertility signs, chart your cycle, and achieve conception. During fertility counseling visits, we also discuss nutrition and lifestyle choices for optimal fertility.
In today’s world, our busy, stressful lives often throw our hormones off balance. Through an assessment of your overall health and wellness, including nutrition, exercise, stress, work, sexual health, and all the other psychosocial aspects of your life, we determine what shifts need to be made and what supplements may help to balance your hormones. Our goal is to help you achieve better sleep, decreased weight gain, less stress, improved sexual health, and more energy.
Management of Menopausal Symptoms
As you reach your late forties or early fifties, the hormone levels in your body change, and you start the transition into menopause. You may find that your periods become irregular and unpredictable—sometimes heavier, sometimes lighter, coming less often or more often. This time of transition is called perimenopause. It can last for several years. When your periods have stopped completely for 1 year, you will have reached menopause. For most individuals, this occurs at about 51 years of age, but it may happen a few years earlier or later. Through nutrition, exercise, herbs, and supplements, we are here to help you manage the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, decreased libido, and vaginal dryness.
We are excited to partner with Dr. Kristine Blanche to offer whole body and breast thermography at our Babylon location. Thermography is a non-invasive tool used to detect thermal heat changes throughout your ENTIRE body. Where there is heat, there is inflammation. With a simple picture (without the use of radiation) a thermography scan has the ability to detect abnormalities years before other methods of screening. It is a great way to monitor breast health, adding a much needed piece to the early detection puzzle.