Three ways Ob Hospitalist Group programs are designed to save the lives of mothers and their babies

By OBHG Marketing on July 24th, 2017

Here’s a shocking fact: more women in the U.S. die during childbirth than in any other developed country, and experts think the problem will likely get worse. Since 1990, countries like South Korea and Germany have seen a sharp decline in the number of women who die in childbirth, while U.S. rates have been steadily increasing. But why? Experts attribute this trend to the rise in chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, women giving birth at older ages, rural access issues, and untreated maternal mental health problems. These health issues put women at greater risk for pregnancy and childbirth complications.

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OBHG hospital partner has one of the lowest C-section rates in the U.S.

By OBHG Marketing on July 17th, 2017

Medically unnecessary C-sections are a thing of the past. Hospitals across the U.S. are clamping down on the number of C-sections they perform to reach the national target of 23.9 percent by year 2020. At a current national average of 25.8 percent, there's still work to be done. Many studies explore the C-section rate and trends, but a recent article published by Huffington Post uncovers an unexpected factor that can determine if an expectant mother will have a C-section.

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OBHG OB/GYN Dr. Natour helps physicians struggling with burnout

By OBHG Marketing on July 14th, 2017

Ob Hospitalist Group's Dr. Nahille Natour recently shared her story of battling physician burnout as a private practice OB/GYN. Since joining OBHG, she has reclaimed her life with more time to spend with family and friends and to enjoy hobbies. 

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What do you look for in a partner?

By OBHG Marketing on July 10th, 2017

Sorry, if you’re here for relationship advice, you’re in the wrong place. We’re talking business relationships here. But there are several things that all relationships – business or personal – must have to be successful.

Recently, Becker’s Healthcare and Bank of America Merrill Lynch spoke with three hospital and health system chief financial officers (CFOs) and a healthcare strategy expert about clinical and nonclinical partnerships. From this, they developed the Partnership Playbook for Hospital CFOs: A Guide to Collaborative Relationships that Enhance Operational and Clinical Effectiveness. Inevitably, organizations will face the fact that they are not equipped to provide all ancillary services in-house and will look to form partnerships with external experts. According to the participants in this study, healthcare organizations form partnerships, versus mergers, for many reasons including: to achieve economies of scale; to expand service lines; to diversify revenues; and to expand market presence.

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OBHG hospitalist featured on Halifax Health’s Medical Minute

By OBHG Marketing on July 7th, 2017

This week, OBHG's very own Dr. Brenda Watson was featured on Halifax Health's Medical Minute. She talks about how having an OB physician in the hospital 24/7 can save the lives of mothers and babies during medical emergencies.

"Having a physician present on labor and delivery where an emergency can be dealt with in a matter of minutes makes a difference for both the health of the baby and the mother."

Click here to watch video.

Mindful of Her Blessings

By Kristine Hartvigsen on July 7th, 2017

Being an Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) clinician at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital allowed Dr. Nahille Natour to follow dual passions — practicing OB medicine and coaching physicians struggling with burnout. 

“One of the great things about being a physician with OBHG is taking care of patients. Period,” she said. “Every day in private practice there was some financial issue that needed to be dealt with. I don’t have to do any of that. So I get to do what I do without those types of distractions.”

With the extra personal time afforded by her position with OBHG, Dr. Natour studied to become a Certified Physician Development Coach and develop a part-time business — Inspiring Balance — through which she speaks about burnout at conferences and counsels others who may have found themselves in a burnout-induced career rut.

Even with her side business, Dr. Natour still finds ample time to make bead jewelry (a hobby) and explore outdoor greenspaces.

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Newborn Group B Strep Infection is Highly Preventable

By Kristine Hartvigsen on July 6th, 2017

Group B Streptococcus infection does not discriminate. It can devastate the lives of celebrities, high-level government officials, and ordinary citizens of any educational or socioeconomic status.

About 22 years ago, it brought tragedy to ex-FBI Director James Comey and his wife, Patrice Failor. Their precious newborn, Collin, died just 9 days after being born with Group B Streptococcus (GBS) infection.

Patrice Failor later publicly campaigned for more widespread testing of pregnant women for GBS so those infected might be treated so they do not pass along the infection to their newborns during delivery.

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Why Discouraging Maternal Obesity is Not Fat-Shaming

By Kristine Hartvigsen on June 30th, 2017

Patient education has come pretty far in recent years. Most U.S. women today understand that being pregnant does not mean “eating for two.” In fact, invoking one’s maternal license to belly up to the smorgasbord can be detrimental to the health of both mother and baby.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), obesity is the most common healthcare problem among women in their reproductive years. An estimated 60% are overweight, and 35% are obese (generally defined at having a Body Mass Index [BMI] of 30 or greater).

ACOG recommends that women try to address obesity before they get pregnant, because even a modest weight loss of 10-20 pounds can have a profound impact on their later risk for pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, fetal macrosomia, venous thromboembolism (VTE), miscarriage, premature birth, birth defects, cognitive deficits, and stillbirth. Their babies similarly carry a higher risk for such things as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), adult obesity, diabetes, adult heart disease, and neurodevelopmental delays.

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‘Ilioinguinal’ Doesn’t Mean You Speak Multiple Languages

By Kristine Hartvigsen on June 27th, 2017

It is difficult to pronounce, but its proper function can mean the difference between an easy or a troublesome recovery from cesarean section. The ilioinguinal nerve is one of three inside the belly wall that can be irritated, compressed, or damaged during a C-section. The others are the iliohypogastric nerve and the genitofemoral nerve.

What does this alphabet soup mean for women recovering from C-sections? Nothing. Or everything. It just depends.

Nerve injuries after C-sections are very rare. An estimated 1-3% of women experience persistent nerve pain after having a C-section.

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What is Shoulder Dystocia?

By Kristine Hartvigsen on June 23rd, 2017

Anything out of the ordinary that occurs during childbirth can be frightening. One uncommon occurrence is shoulder dystocia, which occurs when a baby’s head emerges from the birth canal but the baby’s trunk ceases to progress because the baby’s shoulder is lodged behind the pubic symphysis, or the joint between the left and right pubic bones through which the baby must pass to enter the birth canal.

Shoulder dystocia is a time-sensitive medical emergency, because if the situation is not resolved within 4-6 minutes, the baby can sustain neurologic injury, partial paralysis, or even death from lack of oxygen (hypoxia). The incidence of shoulder dystocia is relatively rare — between 0.2% and 3% of births.

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