Archive for June, 2013
Pregnant women have turned to pregnancy experts for more than one thousand years. In the past, however, many of these women relied upon midwives who helped them understand what was happening to their bodies and how they could control it. These midwives often prescribed herbal remedies which were designed to alleviate the discomfort that many pregnant women experienced throughout their pregnancy. These midwives believed that these herbal remedies could aid the birthing process; despite their best efforts, however, millions of women died during childbirth.
Beginning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, however, many women realized that the vast majority of midwives were quacks and crackpots, and that their so called natural herbal remedies were little more than expensive placebos which were more dangerous than any midwife cared to admit. Consequently, many pregnant stopped turning to midwives during this period of history. Instead, these pregnant women started turning to Norfolk obgyn doctors to receive prenatal care.
Unlike the midwives, the Norfolk obgyn did not trust herbal remedies; in fact, they dismissed the herbal remedies as harmful placebos. Instead, the Norfolk obgyn and Virginia beach obgyn use modern technologies to treat their pregnant patients. These modern technologies include pap smears, advanced blood tests, echocardiography, and other screening tests. These screening tests can detect potentially fatal fetal abnormalities such as anemia, heart abnormalities, and other infections weeks or even months before the Norfolk obgyn can see or hear them; it is important to detect these abnormalities as early as possible because they have caused thousands of still births in the past.
In addition to detecting abnormalities in the fetus, these Norfolk obgyn also help to protect the pregnant woman’s health. During these screening tests, these Norfolk obgyn make sure to check the pregnant woman’s heart and blood for potential abnormalities and infections. These doctors, many of whom were trained by doctors who specialized in women health services, are trained to look for symptoms of these infections and diseases which are unique to women. (They do this because diseases produce different symptoms in men and women.) If these doctors spot anything out of the ordinary, they immediately refer the patient to a specialist who quickly diagnoses the illness and prescribes medicine which fixes it.
In conclusion, most pregnant women prefer these Norfolk obgyn to traditional midwives. It should not surprise any reader, then, that most pregnant women visit centers which offer health care for women at least 15 times during a normal 40 week pregnancy.