PHOTOS BY // DOUG PIKE, HURLEY PHOTOGRAPHER
Choosing an obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN) is an important part of women’s healthcare, especially since women have a whole other set of reproductive health exams to be performed as part of their annual preventative exams. While OB-GYNs can manage many aspects of a woman’s health, they are especially important when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. To ensure a longterm relationship, women should choose someone they trust enough to open up to about the most intimate details of their health. Many women begin with asking for recommendations from friends and family—but, ultimately, choosing an OB-GYN is a decision as personal as the health topics you’ll be discussing with the physician you choose.
Considering one’s insurance plan is a good place to start in the search for an OBGYN. To keep costs down, it is advisable to find an in-network physician. Also think about which hospital your potential OB-GYN delivers at. This is especially important if there’s a complication and you and/or your baby needs special care. For instance, if your newborn requires a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, you will want to take note of the fact that Hurley has a Level III NICU, the highest level in the area.
Another consideration is your health history. Hurley Medical Center works with local OB-GYNs in the community to provide women with the best care possible during their pregnancies. That means that if you have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or even previous pregnancy complications, and you need a higher level of care, you should be aware that Hurley has the region’s only Diabetes Co-Management Program. Located at the hospital’s main campus, the program features a team of nurses who specialize in the care of diabetes during pregnancy. Women can continue to receive prenatal care from their OB-GYNs while coming into the clinic either once or twice a week, depending on the severity of their diabetes.
As part of a team of doctors that perform the largest number of deliveries in the county, Omari J. Young, MD, sees patients at his office in Fenton and at Hurley’s Women’s Services & OB-GYN Clinic. In his practice Dr. Young has cared for plenty of women who have little to no prenatal care, as well as a large number of women with hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and short interval pregnancies–women who get pregnant twice in the same year. This puts them at a higher risk of a complicated pregnancy, according to Dr. Young.
His patients are fortunate to be able to take advantage of the team of maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialists at Hurley to whom women can be referred if their pregnancies require this extra level of care. MFM specialists are experts in managing high-risk pregnancies with extra training focused on the management of hypertension, diabetes and other complications of pregnancy. Dr. Young wants women to be armed with as much health information as possible. “Our goal is to inform them and empower them to make appropriate decisions for their quality of life,” he says.
In keeping with the ever-expanding options for women, Dr. Young’s Fenton practice also offers access to midwifery services. The certified nurse midwives (CNMs) at Hurley are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery as well as hands-on clinical training. The program includes prenatal and primary care, as well as gynecologic and family planning services with locations in Clio, Flint, Grand Blanc and Lapeer, in addition to Fenton.
When it comes to finding an OB-GYN, it is imperative to do your homework. That doesn’t mean surfing the web for medical advice. Health providers advise actually meeting with potential OBGYNs, armed with a list of questions and some realistic expectations for the relationship. Dr. Young says the biggest barrier besides women being reluctant to openly discuss some of the more intimate health issues they face is the challenge social media poses when it comes to getting accurate information to patients.
“A lot of the information that patients and women are getting bypasses the physician,” Dr. Young says, adding that he’s even known patients to start taking medications or supplements without consulting a doctor, which could be potentially dangerous.
No matter how prepared you might be, the best-laid plans often fall to the wayside during pregnancies, since babies are often unpredictable. That is why it is a good idea to consider the team of OB-GYNs at Hurley for compassionate care from proven experts in managing everything from routine pregnancies to the most complex cases. With comprehensive care, Hurley enables you to have all your bases covered—an invaluable skill for parenting.
DR. OMARI YOUNG IS LOCATED AT 102 N. ADELAIDE STREET IN FENTON.
TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL 810.262.4500.
FOR THE HURLEY WOMEN’S SERVICES & OB-GYN CLINIC, CALL 810.262.9751.