Category Archives: OB/GYN & Maternity

Reducing the Risk for HPV Infection

By Dr. Lindsey Vasquez, Associate Medical Director—OB/GYN The Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly all men and women will get HPV at some point in their lives.  Most HPV infections go away by themselves within …

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

By Dr. Rachel Robinson, Medical Director OB/GYN Every year in the United States, 13,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Before the end of 2021, more than 4,200 will have died from the disease. January is designated Cervical Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness about the role regular screenings play in cervical health. Cervical cancer …

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate The power of pink is everywhere this October as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This yearly event is more than just a way to raise funds for breast cancer research. It helps to increase awareness for the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Every year in the …

Vitamin D and Newborns: Is your Baby Getting Enough?

By Ashley Cockrell, Nurse Practitioner School Based Manager Is your baby getting enough vitamin D? It is a question that may take new parents by surprise when asked by their baby’s pediatrician. New moms are encouraged to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of life. While breast milk is considered the …

Is there a COVID-19 Risk for Pregnant Women?

By Carolina Boyd As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the globe, it has become important for everyone to take extra measures to stay safe. The coronavirus is especially concerning for pregnant women, many of whom wonder about potential risks from the virus. According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), …

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: When Cramps Signal a Bigger Problem

By Dr. Wendi Monthy, Medical Director of OB/GYN It is not uncommon for women to experience pelvic pain during their lifetime. Sometimes it can be as common as menstrual cramps, but it can also be as serious as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID); an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. PID is often a complication of …

National Wear Red Day: One Woman’s Journey from Cardiac Arrest

By Carolina Boyd Friday is National Wear Red Day at Legacy Community Health. It’s likely you will see many others wearing red today to support and raise awareness for women’s heart health.  For Legacy’s Revenue Cycle Management Director Devona Jackson, every day is a chance to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. On May 31, 2018, …

More than Valentines: February and Women’s Heart Health

By Dr. Patricia Hayes, Medical Director of Family Practice February is a month dedicated to hearts. Part of that is because of Valentine’s Day, but February is also known as Heart Health Month. Heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, yet nearly as many women as men die every year from heart …

How Legacy can help you prepare for Becoming a Mom

By Carolina Boyd Pregnancy can be an exciting yet anxious time for a woman. Whether it is her first pregnancy or her last, there can be a lot to learn about what to do before and after the baby arrives. Legacy Community Health offers Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien (BAM) classes to help our pregnant patients …

Taking your folic acid in 2020

By Carolina Boyd The New Year is starting off with a reminder for women to take their folic acid. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the March of Dimes have partnered together for National Folic Acid Awareness Week (Jan. 5-11, 2020). Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper …