• Is it safe to paint or be around fumes while I’m pregnant?

    It is unlikely that paint fumes will harm your fetus. Ventilate the room well by opening the doors and windows and avoid prolonged exposure especially in the first trimester.

  • Should I receive the Tdap vaccine?

    Yes, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends the administration of the TDAP vaccine between 27-36 weeks of pregnancy. In newborns, pertussis can be a life-threatening illness and can be prevented by the Tdap vaccine. It can also be administered to breast feeding mothers if not given during pregnancy. Getting the Tdap vaccine is an effective and safe way to protect yourself and your newborn from getting whooping cough.

  • Is the practice supportive of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?

    Yes, attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) is a safe and suitable choice for many women who have had a prior cesarean delivery. If you are interested in VBAC, please consult with one of our obstetricians, as certain factors may increase or decrease your chances of success.

  • Will I get an episiotomy?

    We do not perform routine episiotomy. We prefer to avoid episiotomy whenever possible, although in certain circumstances it may be necessary

  • Can I have caffeine while I’m pregnant?

    Pregnant women should limit their caffeine intake to less than 200 mg/day (roughly one to two cups of coffee). Although research has revealed conflicting results, a few studies have suggested an increased risk of miscarriage with high caffeine intake (more than 200-300 mg/day)

  • What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?

    Due to risk of contamination with listeria, mercury, and toxoplasmosis, certain foods should be avoided during pregnancy.

    Listeria: do not eat unpasteurized soft cheeses such as brie, feta, blue, goat, or camembert. Avoid hot dogs and deli meats. Listeria can be inactivated by high temperatures, however, so any of these foods should be safe if heated until steaming hot. Do not eat smoked or raw fish.

    Mercury: do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish as they contain high levels of mercury. Eat up to 12 ounces a week or lower of mercury fish and shellfish

    Toxoplasmosis: Do not eat raw or undercooked meat. Also, avoid changing the cat litter and wear gloves when gardening or handling soil

  • Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?

    While there are very few studies of hair dye use in human pregnancy, animal studies have shown no adverse effects. Many women have dyed their hair during pregnancy with no reported harmful outcomes. Only a minimal amount of hair dye is absorbed through the scalp after application and this small amount is unlikely to harm your baby. If you dye your hair with a single process and you’d like to be especially cautious, wait until after the first trimester to dye your hair. Highlights should be fine at any time since hair dye is not applied directly to the scalp.

  • Where will I deliver my baby?

    The ‘New Beginnings’ labor and delivery suite at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital.

  • Who will deliver my baby?

    One of our nine obstetricians will deliver your baby. Whoever is on call when you go into labor will take care of you at the hospital. If you are having a repeat cesarean section the practice attempts to have the same provider do your cesarean section if this is feasible – this is your choice

  • How often do I need a pap test?

    Pap tests are not required every year. However, pelvic exams should be performed yearly at a well-woman visit, as should breast exams. If your provider sees any abnormalities on your cervix, a pap smear can be performed at that time.

  • How can I protect myself from getting HPV?

    There are 2 main ways to prevent HPV infection. The first way to prevent HPV infection is through consistent condom use. The second way to prevent HPV is through vaccination. The Gardasil vaccine is readily available and can be given to both men and women ages 9-26. It is most effective when given prior to beginning sexual activity. It is recommended that girls aged 11-12 years old are vaccinated; however, you may be vaccinated up until age 26 and still receive some benefits.

  • How do I get rid of HPV?

    There is no medication available that can get rid of HPV from your cervix. Your body typically clears the HPV infection within a few years; but there are some people who are unable to clear the infection. This typically occurs when their immune system is weakened.

  • What is HPV and how do you get it?

    HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is common virus that is spread from person to person through skin-to-skin contact, typically through sexual intercourse, which can be vaginal, anal or oral. There are certain types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, others cause genital warts.

    HPV infection usually has no symptoms and can stay hidden within your body for long periods of times. There is no way for medical professionals to know how long you’ve had HPV.

  • What is a Pap test?

    A pap test is a screening test to find abnormal cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. Abnormalities are typically caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The test is performed by taking a small sample of cells which are sent to a lab for evaluation.