MATERNAL & FETAL MEDICAL CARE CENTER
Be Well Collaborative Care centers focus on the key components of health that contribute to overall wellness, as opposed to the current disease management model that focuses solely on signs and symptoms. Our immediate focus is on two components of health that are often overlooked in a total wellness model. Breathing and Sleep or "airway health." "Why?" Breathing and Sleep problems are at the nexus of most inflammatory, non-communicable, preventable diseases that represent 70-80 % of health care costs. Breathing and sleeping are also at the nexus of individual wellness. Within the management of these 2 factors, our centers offer predictable improvements in the quality of life, and decreased risk of chronic diseases.
At Be Well Collaborative Care centers we focus on assessment, evaluation and management of these wellness obstacles that currently do not exist in the traditional medical model. Our approach is primarily long-term curative outcomes. Once the airway is assessed and stabilized, we then provide our patients with a personalized plan to achieve overall wellness by reversing co-morbid health issues that have developed overtime and often since childhood. quality of life and wellness goals.
Your Family's Health Is Our PriorityOur team of diverse health care providers will work with you to provide an advanced collaborative plan, based on your previous medical history and current assessments, to help you achieve your wellness goals. By utilizing our wellness model, the Be Well Collaborative Care center brings the best in attaining your quality of life and wellness goals.
Breathe Well, Be WellAccording to the American Thoracic Society, AJRCCM journal , sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) can also occur during pregnancy. Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is the name given to breathing difficulties during sleep ranging from simple snoring to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Frequent snoring happens in about half of pregnant women. It is especially common at the end of the second trimester and during the third trimester of pregnancy. Snoring in pregnancy, however, may be a sign of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).
OSA is a sleep disorder that occurs when your throat relaxes and your airway partially or completely closes during sleep, restricting the movement of air into your lungs. People with OSA usually have heavy snoring along with breathing pauses for several seconds. Breathing pauses can be followed by gasping or choking. These breathing difficulties can happen along with awakenings from sleep (lasting only seconds or longer). Breathing pauses can also result in lowering of blood oxygen levels, which can be harmful to you and your baby. These episodes can be repeated many times during your sleep, even though you do not usually remember them after waking up.
How do I know if I have sleep-disordered breathing?You may or may not be aware that you have SDB. A partner or family member tends to notice sleep problems first. Some signs and symptoms of SDB are seen more frequently than others.
The most frequent ones are:
- Snoring is the most noticeable symptom. Snoring may begin for the first time in any trimester. In pregnant women with SDB, snoring may or may not be loud, but is present on most nights. Not everyone who snores, however, has sleep apnea.
- Breathing pauses for a short time may occur during periods of snoring. These pauses can result in gasping and snorting noises as well as cause frequent awakenings. These pauses may be worse when you sleep on your back.
- Excessive sleepiness, fatigue and lack of energy during the day can happen from SDB. These problems can also be caused by pregnancy or hormonal changes.
Other symptoms you may or may not experience are: - irritability - depression - poor concentration with daily activities at work and home - dry mouth - Sore throat - headaches when you wake up - coughing, difficulty swallowing, or heartburn (acid reflux) at night (which can be made worse with the weight gain of pregnancy)
Bilgay Izci Balserak MA, PhD, American Thoracic Society
How Can We Help?Be Well Collaborative Care center is proud to introduce its Maternal & Fetal Health Program. We offer the most innovate solutions to treat the OSA and SDB issues during your pregnancy.
Our treatment plans include:
- Treatment Coordinated Services
- Integrated approach
- Sleep Study. Sensitivity and Verification for pregnancy.
- Myofunctional & Breathing Assessment. Improve proper oxygenation during pregnancy.
- Musculoskeletal Function Assessment. Aid in ease of delivery
- Cranial Osteopathic Infant Evaluation
- Feeding Evaluation
- Infant Tethered Tissue Evaluation
- Ear, Nose, Throat & Airway Evaluation.
- Diet & Nutrition for fetal health.
- Collaborative Team Review.
- Comprehensive, integrated multidisciplinary summary.
- Follow-up review of assessment findings with the team lead, consultation, and treatment plan.
Our collaborative, multidisciplinary center will evaluate your situation and provide the most comprehensive, integrated treatment solutions. Give us a call today, and start living better