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April 2017

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0 6 FROM PRECONCEPTION COUNSELING AND INFERTILIT Y MANAGEMENT TO ROUTINE OBSTE TRIC CARE AND THE AVAIL ABILIT Y OF A LE VEL II NICU, NE W YORKŸPRESBY TERIAN L AWRENCE HOSPITAL OFFERS HIGHŸLE VEL CARE IN A RE A SSURING ENVIRONMENT AT E VERY STAGE OF A WOMAN'S JOURNE Y TO MOTHERHOOD. (L-R) Nitasha Jain, MD, a ColumbiaDoctors OB/GYN practicing with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester; Rachel McConnell, MD, an OB/GYN at ColumbiaDoctors; and Pearl Lim, MD, a ColumbiaDoctors OB/GYN practicing with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester, consult on the unit and benefit from the collaboration of the NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group and ColumbiaDoctors practices. 0 6❱❱❱❱❱ C O V E R F E A T U R E A Regional Partner for Preconception, Infertility and Prenatal Care BY TIFFANY PARNELL MEETING MATERNAL…FETAL HE ALTH needs and managing complications that may arise throughout pregnancy and delivery requires specialized expertise. The board-certified OB/GYNs, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, attending anesthesiolo- gists and neonatologists at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital utilize advanced technolog y and provide care in a patient-centered environment, ensuring mothers and infants can receive the full spectrum of services they need locally, without having to travel significant distances to other facilities. OPTIMIZING MATERNAL HEALTH BEFORE PREGNANCY In ideal scenarios, women visit an OB/GYN prior to becoming pregnant. These appointments enable physicians to identify health risks and address barriers to a healthy pregnancy, which may include comorbid medical conditions, obesity and tobacco use. "It's never too early to refer women to speak with an OB/GYN about preconception hea lt h," says Nit a sha Ja i n, M D, a ColumbiaDoctors OB/GYN practicing with NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Group Westchester. "Certain individualized goals, such as weight loss, take time to achieve, and it's important to establish realistic expectations. For example, many young women believe they will get pregnant as soon as they start trying, but conception can take six to 12 months." During preconception counseling, OB/GYNs review such topics as smoking cessation, alcohol use, diet and weight loss. If women are obese, losing as little as 5 to 7 percent of their body PHOTOS © DON DEMPSEY, WHITE LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital:

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