Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: OB/GYN

Penn’s Tiniest Patients Celebrate Halloween in the Intensive Care Nursery (photos)

By Greg Richter | November 2, 2015 | Comments

On Friday, nurses, family, and friends celebrated Halloween a day early in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Intensive Care Nursery (ICN). Although many of these babies were born with very low birth weight or health problems and need special attention before they can go home, their parents and... Read more

Looking to Ancient Symbionts for New Cancer Therapies

By Karen Kreeger | October 26, 2015 | Comments Mitochondria Courtesy NICHD

Talk about a eureka moment: Andrea Facciabene, PhD, a research assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was taking a walk one day on the Penn campus when it hit him: What do we really need to make immunotherapy a reality for everybody? The answer, he thought, was in the mitochondria,... Read more

Keeping Our Most Vulnerable Patients Safe

By Sally Sapega | October 7, 2015 | Comments Amber alert photo

Infant abduction from a hospital is not a common event but when it happens, the results can be devastating. Most often, news reports highlight stories of babies taken by non-custodial family members, or by women or couples who are desperate to have a baby. In the last 20 years, only... Read more

Exercise: It does a pregnant body good!

By Olivia Fermano | August 18, 2015 | Comments Pregnant-woman-exercising_2

The Internet – particularly social media – is cyber proof of the truth behind the phrase, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” It’s all about shaming and more often than not, women are the victims of said shaming. It doesn’t matter who you are. If you’re a celebrity... Read more

Empowerment and Self-Esteem

By Sally Sapega | August 14, 2015 | Comments Joy Cooper CAREs cropped

Black females in this country are twice as likely to become pregnant in their teens as their white counterparts and they have a higher rate of sexually transmitted infections -- seven times the rate of chlamydia as white women nationally. And the rates in Philadelphia are equally grim, if not... Read more

A Very Special Tea for Two

By Olivia Fermano | May 27, 2015 | Comments 5 Preston Tea_1

You can change someone’s world with one simple act of kindness. Earlier this month Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) maternity nurse, Lynne Dever, RNC, was going about her work day when she noticed her patient – Alison Paymer of Philadelphia – was in great distress. Other than being pregnant with twins, Paymer’s... Read more

Individual Stories, Global Impact

By Olivia Fermano | May 7, 2015 | Comments HWHC_1

If there is a prominent reason for a woman to be grateful she lives in the 21st century, it’s health care. Over a dozen speakers – scholars from the humanities and health care professionals – gathered at Pennsylvania Hospital last week to help illustrate this fact at the 10th Annual... Read more

Removing Barriers to Breast Cancer Care

By Olivia Fermano | February 13, 2015 | Comments image from

I overheard a breast cancer patient once say: There is only one thing worse than having cancer – not being able to afford it. Sobering. Financial cost remains a barrier to cancer screenings - let alone cancer treatment - among lower income women. While multiple factors contribute to racial and... Read more

The Best Way to a Woman’s Heart

By Sally Sapega | February 9, 2015 | Comments image from

Chileshe Nkonde-Price (third from left) with members of Penn Medicine's cardiovascular team on "Go Red" Friday. Most women fear breast cancer more than heart disease but, in fact, cardiovascular disease is the more deadly. Indeed, more women die from a cardiac condition than all cancers combined. “More men are diagnosed... Read more

The New Nightingale

By Olivia Fermano | January 8, 2015 | Comments Deb Ferrarello_1

The image of the nurse is synonymous with hospitals and doctors’ offices. But in 2015, that sure is one old school point of view. Today’s nurses defy old stereotypes. Both male and female, many earn multiple advanced degrees, working out of uniform and beyond the bedside to all areas of... Read more

50 Years of Miracles on 34th Street

By Katie Delach | December 26, 2014 | Comments image from

This year, Penn Fertility Care (PFC) celebrated its 50th anniversary, and as part of that, we’re reflecting on how the program has grown and how our Penn fertility experts have helped couples create and grow their families for decades. Penn's team of reproductive endocrinologists helped pioneer the development of new... Read more

When Sentiment Overcomes Reason

By Olivia Fermano | December 23, 2014 | Comments Mehta-Rima

We humans, we’re definitely a sentimental lot. Some might even argue that is one of the key traits that separate us from other animals – our desire to acquire mementos of life’s experiences. We sure do treasure our keepsakes, those tangible tokens of endearment to commemorate a special time, person... Read more

Sending Love and Hope

By Olivia Fermano | October 15, 2014 | Comments ICN baby PAH

After only seven weeks of being pregnant, Keri Heickert’s life as she knew it was no longer. Hers was a difficult pregnancy. In the fall of 2012 at only 20 weeks along, Keri – who was carrying fraternal twin girls – was admitted to monitored bed rest in Pennsylvania Hospital’s... Read more

The Deafening Silence of Ovarian Cancer

By Katie Delach | September 10, 2014 | Comments image from

It’s called a “silent killer” because it doesn’t announce its presence. There is no chest pain or difficulty breathing like there is with lung cancer. You won’t have mood swings or nausea like you might with brain cancer. The most noticeable early symptoms of ovarian cancer might be as simple... Read more

Penn Gynecologist Collaborates with Her Sister to Explore the “Wild West” of Reproductive Medicine

By Olivia Fermano | September 2, 2014 | Comments Wanda Ronner_Margaret Marsh

Billy the Kid. Jesse James. Buffalo Bill. Wild Bill Hickok. We’ve all heard the names before: They’re the colorful and dangerous characters of America’s old “wild west” that have dominated U.S. cinema and television for decades. And that is where the connotations of entertainment end. Today, whenever an emerging trend... Read more

To Examine or Not to Examine? That is the Question

By Olivia Fermano | July 18, 2014 | Comments Gearhart-Peter

The field of medicine has a funny way of contradicting itself. Not that it’s on purpose, mind you. Thanks to rapid-fire advances in technology and new research discoveries, medicine is in a constant state of flux, always evolving. Think about it…20 years ago, fat was the dietary demon to avoid... Read more

Butts Triplets Take Public Health Care by Storm

By Katie Delach | May 28, 2014 | Comments image from

L to R: Samantha, Sydney and Heather Butts When Samantha, Sydney and Heather Butts were kids, they, like many others, went to school, took piano lessons, and dreamed of what they might become when they grew up. Nothing special, right? Their parents, Dr. Hugh and Mrs. Clementine Butts, raised their... Read more

“Technology and Pearls” – The Dichotomy of Women and Medicine throughout History

By Olivia Fermano | April 7, 2014 | Comments HWHC_2014_2

In the 19th Century, rigorous work was thought to negatively affect female fertility. It was also thought to create a masculine and angular appearance in women, thus stunting the development of femininity. These are just a sample of some of the startling yet fascinating “facts” presented by ten distinguished speakers... Read more

Some of the Biggest Bonds Come from the Tiniest Patients

By Olivia Fermano | October 15, 2013 | Comments ICN_Group_Picture JPEG

Celebrating Life, Friendship and Personal Bonds at Pennsylvania Hospital’s 2013 Intensive Care Nursery Reunion The careers of health care providers are some of the most stressful, yet most rewarding. Talk about running the full range a of emotions and experiences. Every day in hospitals around the world, nurses, physicians and... Read more

From Neonatal Intensive Care to College, This Baby’s Come a Long Way

By Olivia Fermano | September 5, 2013 | Comments Pennsylvania hospital

It’s back-to-school season again – a fresh start for students of all ages. One recent event, however, reminded me of how many babies get their very first start in life here at Pennsylvania Hospital. On May 16th, this past spring, Janelle van Leusdan, who now lives in Wheaton, IL, stopped... Read more

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