M is for Mother-Baby

When It Comes to Parenthood, We Deliver Daily Little KatelynAnne Shipley’s swift arrival may have surprised her mother, Jamie, but NorthBay Medical Center’s Mother-Baby team, including Lactation Support Specialist Christi Tenret, are at the ready 24/7. Every time a baby is born at NorthBay Medical Center, the “Happy Birthday” melody is played through the hospital’s…
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Y is for Yeast Infection

Itching, Burning, But Easy to Treat They are common, and uncomfortable. Vaginal yeast infections will plague most women at some point in their lives. Symptoms include burning, itching, and a thick, white discharge. We normally have yeast all over our bodies, but when an imbalance occurs in the normal environment—such as wearing tight or synthetic…
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Making Her Whole Again

Overcoming Scars with Reconstructive Surgery Janet Fowler went 12 years without a mammogram. She was busy keeping a roof over her family’s heads and being a caregiver for others, including her boy-friend who had liver cancer. But she knew she was taking a chance with her health. “I could feel a lump and see changes…
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New Mammogram Controversy Women Should Know

A British study published this year that questions the usefulness of annual screening mammography for women age 40–59 doesn’t take the latest technology into account, says Jason Marengo, M.D., oncoplastic surgeon at NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield. The randomized study began enrolling patients in 1980, and followed their course for an average of 21.9 years. The…
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Mastering Menopause

Trio Says Don’t Just Cope, There’s Hope From left: Drs. Michelle Katzarof, Lauren Weber and Teresa Whitley. Everybody knows about hot flashes. And then there’s the mood swings. Night sweats… But did you know that burning tongue syndrome can be a menopause-related issue and is highly treatable? So is brain fog, restless leg syndrome and…
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More Moms Making Best Choice for Babies

Lactation support coordinator Cindy Stade, R.N., center, is surrounded by healthy babies and happy moms who have made the choice to breastfeed. More new moms at NorthBay Medical Center are choosing to exclusively breastfeed their babies than ever before. New statistics had staff celebrating this spring, when they learned that nearly 40 percent more new…
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Is It HOT in Here?

Helping Women Weather ‘The Change’ Dr. Teresa Whitley is happy to meet with women experiencing symptoms of menopause to help figure out how they can best weather “the change.” It’s not a four-letter word, but you might think it is, by the reactions it invokes. The symptoms aren’t all that charming either: Mood swings. Hot…
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Labor & Delivery Team Delivers

Sarah Ruffins was swept up in a dramatic dance to delivery when she went into labor with twin boys, almost three months too soon. Moments later, the Labor & Delivery team at NorthBay Medical Center jumped into action. They are trained to handle all situations, from birthing fire drills to the laboriously long and drawn…
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New Choice for Breast Reconstruction Following Cancer Surgery

“In terms of recovery time, breast implant-based reconstruction is often the easiest to physically recover from.” —Jason Marengo, M.D. A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Not only do you have decisions to make for treatment, you also have choices when it comes to breast reconstruction. Until now, cancer surgery came first, and plans…
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Be Prepared for Labor Day

Most women will agree the pain they experience during labor and delivery miraculously melts away almost as soon as they lay eyes on their newborn. But, in the hours before that moment, women must endure a painful process of contractions and pressure “that can last anywhere from a half hour to 30 hours,” says Sarah…
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