Putting Women’s Health First

Women, busy holding down jobs and juggling family life, may be inclined to think of their own health last. NorthBay Healthcare aims to make it easy for them to put their personal health first.ABOVE: Stella Huang, M.D., (left) and Shanna Snow, M.D., know their female patients have their hands full with busy lives, so aim…
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Community Health Education Classes

Nominate a Special Nurse. Visit NorthBay.org/DAISY Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with…
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Diligent Diagnostics

“I never thought I would get cancer. I never, ever thought it was possible. It doesn’t run in my family, and I didn’t feel a lump,” says Diana Muehlhausen, 65, of Rio Vista. ABOVE: Diana Muehlhausen and husband, Jay, signal OK and Zero for how she’s feeling and the fact that she’s cancer-free, thanks to…
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Community Health Education Classes

Nominate a Special Nurse. Visit NorthBay.org/DAISY Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with…
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The Miracle of Noah

ABOVE: Caitlin Neveadomi snuggles with Noah, her miracle baby, in their Vacaville home. Caitlin Neveadomi and her husband Brandon never thought having a baby would be so complicated. They’d been trying for months to get pregnant, with the attitude of “if it happens, it happens.” But it wasn’t happening. The NorthBay Health at Home nurse…
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Community Health Education Classes

Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness….
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Community Health Education Classes

Healthier Living • A six-week class offered several times during the year, taught in conjunction with Solano Public Health and the Area Agency on Aging. Classes are free but space is limited. Call (707) 646-5469. Caregivers’ Support Group • For anyone involved in caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia-related illness….
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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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A Thing of Beauty

Teresa Whitley, M.D., loves all aspects of her job at NorthBay Center for Women’s Health, but if you nudge her ever so gently, she’ll admit that she’s partial to her role as a rejuvenator. OK, so that’s not her formal job description. Nor is she a sculptor or artist, yet all those words seem to…
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There’s Hope for Troubling Leg Veins

Jane Schilling, 52, thought she’d just have to live with itchy, painful legs. After all, her mother had bad veins. So when her legs started swelling up after she turned 40, she just figured it was her lot in life. “The itching was so bad, I’d scratch my skin raw sometimes,” recalls the Vacaville resident….
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Restoring Continence & Confidence

It’s an amazing statistic—one out of three women share a common healthcare concern: the uncontrolled leakage of urine—a condition called urinary incontinence. This common condition may interfere with every aspect of a woman’s life, from normal activities of daily living and hygiene, to social activities and even intimacy. “The effect on a woman’s morale and…
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Nursing Know-how

For new moms who decide to breastfeed, Cindy Stade is a coach, a cheerleader and an advice nurse, all rolled into one. In the six months since she’s arrived at NorthBay Healthcare, the lactation support specialist and registered nurse has established two thriving support groups for breastfeeding moms, created a call line for patients, staff…
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