1. Influenza vaccine is currently available and is recommended for every pregnant woman. Influenza can be particularly severe in pregnant women and each year deaths are reported in pregnant women from Influenza. The vaccine is available in our offices.
2. Pertussis (whooping cough) is becoming more common in newborns because many adults have lost their immunity to the virus from their own childhood immunizations. Pregnant patients and family members that will be close to the child should be immunized before the baby is born if they have not been immunized in the past 2-3 years. There are an increasing number of neonatal deaths related to Pertussis and Florida is one of the states that has reported an increasing number of affected children. We recommend patients and family that are eligible be vaccinated after 28 weeks of pregnancy. The vaccine is available at all of our office locations.
3. We have a “pregnancy calendar” on the Obstetrics page of our website. You can sign up and receive weekly e-mails regarding information that is specific to the number of weeks that you are pregnant. The topics include how your body is changing and also what the bay is doing at the specific gestational age. Go to www.obgynspb.com/obstetrics to register for the “pregnancy calendar”
4. We encourage all patients to be informed about cord blood banking so they can make an individual choice. There are several companies that provide this service. One of them has a long track record and good statistics regarding the quality of the extraction of stem cells from umbilical cord blood. You can get more information at www.cordblood.com. We are happy to collect for any banking service that you may choose at the time of delivery. We ask that you read and learn about cord blood banking so you can make an informed decision.