The Stay-At-Home Order Was Lifted: Is It Safe to See Friends and Family?

Stay at home orders have started to lift across many regions, leaving people wondering—is it safe to see friends and family now? We know everyone is eager to see their loved ones, but it’s important to remember that it’s still risky to see people, even if you’re healthy and no longer being asked to stay home.

Once a vaccine becomes available this will become less complicated, but until then, seeing people won’t be without risk. For now, the best way to stay healthy is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The novel coronavirus is transmitted through small respiratory droplets when we come into contact with others who are infected, so there will always be a risk of transmission when you spend time with someone.

That said, there are some factors to keep in mind to stay safe if you do start to see people. Here’s what you need to know:

Remember that some people are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications
People with compromised immune systems and people above age 65 are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, so it’s important to be very cautious about seeing people from these groups, as well as people with other health conditions. Consider having a conversation with your loved ones to involve them in your decision and see how they feel.

If you want to see someone from one of these groups but don’t live with them, rather than meeting in-person, a phone call or video chat may be a better option for now. If you do live with someone who’s at higher risk of COVID-19, take extra precautions like washing your hands frequently and not inviting guests into your home if you don’t have to—especially if your family member at risk is not comfortable with it.

Consider seeing people outdoors
We still have a lot to learn about the novel coronavirus, but early research findings show that the virus is more likely to spread in indoor settings than outdoors. With this in mind, it may be safer to see friends and families in a park, backyard, or another outdoor setting rather than meeting in someone’s home or in a restaurant. But remember that the disease can still be transmitted, even outside, so it’s still important to wear a mask, keep a safe distance (at least 6 feet), wash your hands frequently, and follow other recommendations from health officials.

Large gatherings aren’t a good idea just yet
The novel coronavirus is highly contagious, so the more people you are around, the higher the risk of virus transmission. Some people could have the virus even if they’re not showing any symptoms, so with any large gathering there’s always the chance of a lot of people getting sick. Instead of putting yourself and others at such a risk, stick with smaller gatherings for now.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Understanding Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are tumors that develop in the walls of the uterus. Usually these tumors are noncancerous, but this is a fairly common condition that’s known to affect more than 50% of women who are of reproductive age. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about uterine fibroids.

What are the symptoms of uterine fibroids?
Some women do not experience any signs or symptoms when they have uterine fibroids. For others, the symptoms are more noticeable and may include heavy menstrual bleeding, fatigue, anemia, frequent urination, pain during sex, lower-back pain, and pressure and pain in the abdomen.

Uterine Fibroids

Most of the time uterine fibroids are diagnosed following an ultrasound or another type of imaging exam like an MRI, CT scan, or X-ray. These fibroids can vary in size greatly, with some as small as an apple seed and others as large as a grapefruit. Around 60% of uterine fibroids are too small to be detected during a physical exam with your gynecologist.

Are uterine fibroids cancerous?
Around 99% of the time uterine fibroids are benign, which means they’re not cancerous. They also won’t increase your risk of uterine cancer.

Are some women at higher risk for uterine fibroids?
Uterine fibroids are most common among women who are nearing menopause, which typically includes women in their thirties, forties, and fifties. Research also shows that women are at higher risk if they are African American, obese, eat a large amount of red meat, or have a family history of uterine fibroids. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eating a large amount of vegetables may help protect you from developing uterine fibroids.

Is there treatment for uterine fibroids?
Often, uterine fibroids don’t require any treatment. This is especially true if they’re not causing any symptoms or affecting your life in any way. But if uterine fibroids are affecting your quality of life or causing any health issues, they can be treated with pain medication, low-dose hormonal birth control pills, hormone therapy, or surgical removal.

Surgical removal is often recommended if the fibroids are large enough to interfere with pregnancy or your ability to get pregnant, or if they’re causing fatigue, anemia, or other health problems. The two common methods for surgical removal are a hysterectomy, in which the whole uterus is removed; or a myomectomy, in which only the fibroids are removed.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

5 Heart Health Mistakes to Avoid

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States, and yet there are a lot of basic facts about keeping our hearts healthy that many women are in the dark about. In fact, many women regularly make mistakes in day-to-day life that have a negative impact on heart health. Here are a few mistakes you may be making, and some tips for improving:

Smoking
Smoking is bad for a lot of reasons, including your heart health. Smoking greatly increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack, and the risk is even higher for women who smoke and also take hormonal birth control pills. To keep your heart healthy and strong over the long term, smoking is one habit you’re going to want to ditch.

There’s good news here, too—after you stop smoking, your risk of heart disease drops fairly quickly. Even just one year after you stop smoking, your heart disease risk will be reduced in half, and after 15 years your risk of heart disease will be equal to someone who doesn’t smoke.

Misunderstanding the warning signs for a heart attack
Many of us think of chest pain as a defining characteristic of a heart attack. And while this is the most common symptom, it’s not always severe or noticeable, especially among women. Since heart attacks often present differently for women than men, it’s really important to know about some of the most common symptoms. In addition to chest pain (which might actually feel more like a tightness or pressure), here’s what you want to look out for:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Discomfort in your abdomen, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper back
  3. Pain in one or both arms
  4. Nausea/vomiting
  5. Lightheadedness and dizziness
  6. Fatigue
  7. Indigestion
  8. Sweating

It’s important to get medical attention right away if you experience any of these symptoms or believe you’re having a heart attack.

Eating an unhealthy diet
Diet has a huge impact on various aspects of your heart health, and eating too many unhealthy foods can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, protecting your heart health doesn’t require an extremely strict diet and can actually be pretty delicious. The American Heart Association recommends eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods from every food group, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats. At the same time, you’ll want to avoid foods that are loaded with salt, added sugars, and trans fats—these don’t do any favors for our heart.

Not maintaining a healthy weight
Your risk of heart disease is lower when you maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, your doctor can help you determine how much weight you need to lose to protect your heart health, and they can also help you come up with a plan for losing this weight and keeping it off. Overall, experts say a slow weight loss is the best route for keeping weight off in the long term.

Additionally, if you suffer from heart disease, maintaining a healthy weight is an important way to control the disease and reduce your risk of having a heart attack.

Not getting enough exercise
People shy away from exercise for a number of reasons—they don’t enjoy it, they get bored of doing the same thing every day, they don’t have any free time, and plenty more. But to maintain a healthy heart, exercise is key. Experts suggest fitting in at least thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every day, at least five times per week, or an hour and fifteen minutes of more vigorous physical activity per week. If your schedule doesn’t allow long exercise sessions, you can break this up into mini ten-minute exercise sessions throughout the day.

One of the best ways to make a habit of exercising is to stick to a routine. Choose a schedule that works for you and try your best to avoid letting obstacles like work and other commitments get in your way. When you put your health first, the rewards keep coming.

If you would like to meet with a knowledgeable doctor, consider contacting Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com. We have offices in Phoenix, Ahwatukee, Casa Grande, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and Chandler.

Understanding the Risks Involved in Having a Baby Later in Life

It’s not uncommon for many women to start thinking more seriously about childbirth as they get older. But while having a healthy pregnancy at an older age is possible for many women, it’s important to be mindful that it can be significantly more difficult and involve a number of risks. For many women, fertility begins to decrease slowly around age 32 or so, and then much more rapidly around age 37, which can make for a challenging experience in many ways. Read on to learn about some of the challenges women may face as they try to get pregnant as they hit their mid-thirties or forties.

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Increased time to conceive: As women get older and their bodies experience typical age-related changes, it often takes them much longer to conceive. Statistics show that while a woman may have a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant during each menstrual cycle when she’s in her twenties, these chances drop to about 15 percent by the time she reaches her mid-thirties, and down to around 5 or 10 percent by age 40. This doesn’t necessarily mean a woman cannot conceive altogether, but the process will typically be more challenging.

Infertility: Women have a harder time conceiving as they age, and may not be able to conceive altogether. It’s believed that somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of couples in the United States struggle with infertility, which is defined as an inability to get pregnant after having frequent, unprotected sex for more than one year. For many women, fertility declines gradually as they age, and then advances more rapidly around age 37.  Many causes contribute to female infertility, such as early menopause, ovulation disorders, age, and other health issues.

You may need to see a fertility specialist: If you’re over age 35 and have tried conceiving for six months without success, it may be time to see a reproductive endocrinologist for help. A reproductive endocrinologist is a fertility specialist who can help you work towards pregnancy by checking your health, making sure your fallopian tubes and eggs are functioning as they should, and recommending treatments like in-vitro fertilization or medication that can encourage ovulation. Your gynecologist should be able to recommend a fertility specialist if you’re interested in exploring this path.

Higher likelihood of complications: When women hit age 40 or so, they are more likely to develop pregnancy-related health complications like high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Not only do these complications pose risks to a woman’s health, they also can contribute to pregnancy-related problems such as birth complications, miscarriage, and issues with the placenta.

Increased risk of miscarriage: After the age of 35 or so, women start to encounter a higher risk of miscarriage. Statistics show that at age 35, a woman’s risk of miscarriage is around 20 percent, but jumps much higher to around 80 percent by age 45.

Many women can still conceive and carry healthy pregnancies in their late thirties or forties, but the process is often far more challenging than it may be for younger women, given the issues we mentioned above, such as increased time to conceive, fertility issues, health risks, and more. If you have concerns about getting pregnant later in life and would like to speak with a physician, call Arizona OB/GYN Affiliates (AOA) at 602-343-6174 or visit www.aoafamily.com.

Healthy Pregnancy Weight for You and Baby

When it comes to pregnancy weight, everyone has a different experience, different fears and different expectations. It’s for these reasons, and many more, that your AOA practitioner will take the time to truly understand your lifestyle, your eating habits, and your expectations for this pregnancy. A healthy weight for your might not have been the same healthy weight as it was for your sister, or your mom, or even your grandma. Let your AOA practitioner design a healthy plan for you and your baby.

 

Dr. Oz on the Just-Right Size Baby

Recently we posted an article on our Facebook Page that got a lot of attention. It was an op-ed that Dr. Oz wrote for Fit Pregnancy magazine, and it dealt with the controversial issue of baby weight vs. the weight of the mother.

 

Dr. Oz said that “your prenatal weight gain helps forecast your baby’s size,” and yet we’ve received many responses from our AOA Facebook Family contradicting this statement. This goes to the complicated proof that everyone’s pregnancy experience is different, and the importance of seeing your AOA practitioner is paramount.

 

Dr. Oz goes on to say that pregnant women should eat only 10 percent more than the number of calories needed to maintain a healthy weight before pregnancy. While your cravings might be out of control during pregnancy, Dr. Oz suggests increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

 

What is Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy weight gain. As your AOA practitioner will discuss with you, overall healthy weight gain depends on a variety of factors, including your weight and body mass index before you were pregnant, any medical conditions you might have, and your lifestyle. Your AOA practitioner will also factor in whether you are carrying twins or multiples.

 

While your friends, family and mom will tell you are that you should gain no more than 35 pounds and no less than 28 pounds during pregnancy. In reality, it’s not necessarily so black and white, and no one knows that better than your AOA physician. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions about weight gain, about cravings, about which foods you should be eating and which foods you should be avoiding.

 

Speaking of Cravings

Cravings are another aspect of pregnancy, and an aspect that you should not be embarrassed about nor should you try to ignore. Many times these cravings can give your AOA physician insight into what your body might need in terms of nutrition and vitamins.

 

There are schools of thought in prenatal medicine that associate cravings with nutritional deficiencies within the body during pregnancy. Some nutritionists and OBGYN’s believe that certain cravings are meaningful; a magnesium deficiency can trigger chocolate cravings, a protein deficiency can trigger red meat cravings, etc.

 

Other OBGYN’s believe that pregnancy cravings and aversions to certain foods, even certain smells, is your body’s way of protecting your baby. It could be the reason why many pregnant women get sick, even emotional, around cigarette smoke.

 

On the other end of the spectrum, many OBGYN’s and nutritionists also believe that there is no basis for pregnancy cravings. Either way, it is important to talk to your AOA physician about these cravings and how to handle them.

 

Maintaining a healthy diet, and a healthy weight, during pregnancy shouldn’t be difficult or stressful. Make an appointment with your AOA physician to discuss what a healthy weight gain is for you, and how to achieve your pregnancy weight gain goals.

 

 

Saying Goodbye to an AOA Family Member

After 20 years working as a practicing OBGYN, one of our favorite AOA Family members is opening a new chapter in her life and career path. Dr. Gina Dado of our Paradise Valley OBGYN location has taken a prestigious position with CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank. While she will be greatly missed, Dr. Dado will be venturing into the exciting world of umbilical cord blood stem cell science, an area which she has long been fascinated by, with one of the top cord blood banks in the country.

 

As one of Phoenix Magazine’s Top Docs, as well as Scottsdale Magazine’s Top Doc, Dr. Dado has been an integral part of our AOA Family.  The decision to move into the next chapter of her career did not come lightly. After meeting with Dr. Edward Guindi, a previous OBGYN and CEO of CORD:USE and Mike Ernst, CFO, it was readily apparent to Dr. Dado that this company was created by two amazing individuals. They had heart and had the same passion for helping people and doing what was the best, despite less profit for the company.

 

Unfortunately, this industry has a large spectrum of how things are done and cord blood banks vary significantly. Dr. Dado was impressed with the team that makes up and leads CORD:USE, including the top researches, pioneers and most active cord blood transplanters in the world.

 

“I have always had an interest in umbilical cord blood stem cell science and this allows me to do something that I will enjoy while still helping people,” Dr. Dado said. “I will miss my wonderful years as an OBGYN. It is definitely bittersweet.”

 

As she departs our AOA Family and joins CORD:USE, Dr. Dado will work towards making cord blood education a standard to be included in all prenatal education where she can create a much improved understanding about this complex topic, for patients and healthcare professionals.

 

“There is too much good it is doing to change people’s lives today. It would be devastating for any expectant couple to have a child and not know the truth about saving or donating their baby’s cord blood stem cells.”

 

For more information about CORD:USE visit http://www.corduse.com/

 

Pacifiers – Yay or Nay?

Pacifiers can be a controversial subject for many moms and dads. When we raised the topic on our Facebook Page, we got quite a reaction. But why are people so passionate about pacifiers? What is it about this little baby accessory that gets our AOA Family so fired up? Let’s take a deeper look into the discussion behind the decision to use, or not use, a pacifier.

Baby Pacifiers

Sucking naturally has a soothing, calming effect on babies. In fact, many little ones learn to such their thumbs in the womb, and continue to do so after birth. It’s for this reason that many parents and physicians are pro-pacifier. However, pacifiers can lead to dependency and the possibility of dental problems in the future, which is why many parents and physicians on the other side of the line are against using them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends using a pacifier when your newborn is sleeping, either at naptime or bedtime, to reduce the risk of SIDS. Pacifiers can soothe a fussy baby and can offer a wonderful distraction during shots, blood tests, or any other procedure or experience that might be uncomfortable for your baby. They can make travel easier, might help your newborn fall asleep faster, and are easy to use and dispose of.

However, pacifiers could possibly interfere with breast feeding because sucking on a pacifier is different then what is needed for breastfeeding, and thus the baby’s sucking habits might change. Your little one could become overly dependent on the pacifier in order to fall asleep or feel soothed. Pacifiers have been associated with middle ear infections as well. And there is always the risk for dental problems later in life.

At AOA, we let parents come to this pacifier decision on their own. It can be another one of those small decisions that weight heavy on a parent’s mind, and so we are here for discussion to help you work out your pros and cons.

Babies and Dehydration

Keeping yourself cool and hydrated during the summer months, especially if you’re pregnant, is crucial. The same goes for your little one. No matter how old they are, kids and babies love to be outside, by the pool, in the sprinklers, even if it is 110-degrees out there. So, it’s your responsibility to keep your kids safe by keeping them cool and hydrated.

Babies and Dehydration

Dehydration, no matter what age you are, is a lack of water in the body due to heat, sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. During an Arizona summer, dehydration is quite common due to the extreme heat.

Preemies are at the greatest risk for infant dehydration simply because their little bodies are more susceptible. They might not be eating enough yet, or getting enough fluids yet to be able to stay hydrated.  Babies of all ages, however, are at a greater risk for dehydration than parents because their bodies have a limited ability to retain the extra fluids needed to avoid dehydration, and most babies sweat at a much greater rate than adults. A baby’s metabolism is higher than an adults, thus they use more water and yet their kidneys are not quite advanced enough to retain and conserve the water needed to avoid dehydration.

Avoiding Dehydration

In Arizona, it’s crucial that you help your baby get enough fluids, whether it’s water, breast milk, or foods that contain a lot of water such as watermelon. Be aware of how much your baby is sweating as a barometer of how hot or hydrated he or she might be. Be aware of how hot and uncomfortable you are, because if you’re hot and uncomfortable in the summer heat chances are your baby is too. Be aware of how hot the car can get, and perhaps consider having the air on for a while before getting baby into their car seat.

Babies love to be swaddled and cuddled, but consider lighter blankets, lighter clothes, or diaper only during any swaddling. Always be aware of how much sun your baby is getting, and if you’re outdoors do what you can to stay in the shade.

Signs of Dehydration

Dehydration in babies, just as in adults, can range from very mild to extremely severe, so be aware of the following symptoms and signs:

  • Strong-smelling Urine – If you notice this immediately began to offer more fluids into your baby’s diet.
  • Fewer Wet Diapers – This is a sign that dehydration is setting in, so be aware of how many wet diapers your baby usually has as compared to that amount during the summer months.
  • Irritability – As mentioned, if you’re hot, uncomfortable and irritable, your baby probably is too. But if you’re in a cool space and your little one is still acting irritable and uncomfortable, there could be more going on.
  • No Tears and Dry Lips
  • Gaunt-Looking Eyes – If your baby’s eyes look gaunt, call your physician.
  • Sunken Soft Spot
  • Excessive Sleepiness – You know your baby better than anyone, and if your little one is acting lethargic or more tired than normal, call your physician.

 

An Arizona summer is nothing to take lightly, especially if you’re pregnant or have a new baby in the home. Keep a close eye on their behavior, look for signs of dehydration, and give them plenty of water. If you’re not sure, call your physician.

Summer Getaways with Baby

It’s summer, which means if you live in Arizona it’s definitely time to get out of the heat and go on summer vacation. If you have a little one, getting away can be difficult. The long car rides, long plane rides, anxiety and restlessness can easily turn your relaxing summer vacation into a nightmare. But at the AOA Family, we’re here to help. Over the years we’ve learned a few things about vacationing with babies and have created a list of tips to help get you through summer vacation in one piece.

Road Trips with Baby

Piling the family into the car for that summer road trip is an American tradition. It might be something that you do every single summer, but if you have a new baby this summer road trip can take on an entirely new meaning. However, following these tips can help you every step of the way:

  1. Plan Ahead – The very best thing that you can do is to plan ahead. Consider picking up so new toys for baby to play with when the trip starts getting long. Plan on making more rest stops for feedings. Also, plan on taking more breaks for you and your partner to re-energize. If the trip doesn’t quite go as planned and there is a lot of crying involved, it can be draining for everyone in the car. So plan ahead to stop at a restaurant for lunch or dinner. This extra stop can mean the difference between a horrible drive and a bearable one.
  2. Sleep Schedules – Often times new parents forget how well babies sleep in cars when adhering to their normal sleep patterns. If you want a stress-free trip, try to plan on leaving when your baby would normally take a nap or sleep at night. If your little one already has a pretty set sleep schedule, this will help greatly on your trip if you can leave at nap or bedtime.
  3. Car Checklist – You might not be one for creating checklists, but for first road trip with a new family member it might be a good idea. Think about diaper changes on the road, extra clothes, toys, food, entertainment, bottles or sippy-cups, baby blankets or stuffed-animals, first aid kit, prescription or medications, camera, stroller, any music or white noise that baby usually listens to when sleeping, and anything else you can think of.

Flights with Baby

From driving to flying, there are many similarities and yet many additional aspects that you’ll want to consider. Flying for the first time with baby can be stressful, especially if you’re not a frequent flyer, so here are a few additional tips to get you through it:

  1. Scheduling the Flight – Just as with planning your road trip around nap or bedtime, it’s always best to plan your flight the same way. If you can get a flight around your baby’s normal sleep schedule, this will greatly benefit you.
  2. Planning Ahead – As with car travel, you’ll want to plan for every contingency, including delays and layovers. Pack toys, snacks, medications, distractions and entertainment, and perhaps a few movies on your tablet or phone.
  3. Breastfeeding – Your best bet is to ask the airlines before you travel what their policy on breastfeeding is. Aviation law on breastfeeding can be confusing, and if you’re unsure it’s always best to ask. If you think that you might need to breastfeed on the trip, sit next to a window and have a partner of family member sitting next to you.
  4. Take a Breath – Flying with baby can be stressful and cause a lot of anxiety for parents. There are a lot of ‘what if’s’ that come with flying that don’t necessarily come with driving simply because there are more people involved than just you and baby.
  5. Talk to your AOA Physician – If you’re pregnant and considering flying this summer, talk to your AOA physician about your options. If you’re flying with a baby for the first time, talk to your pediatrician about safety concerns.

Getting out of the heat this summer is on everyone’s minds, so don’t be afraid to take that flight or road trip with the little one. Just remember to breathe, take your time, and cherish these moments.

Dr. Frederick D. Fingerhut, Arizona OBGYN Affiliates Physician, Awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ by St. Joseph’s Medical Center

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Dr. Frederick D. Fingerhut, Arizona OBGYN Affiliates Physician, Awarded ‘Teacher of the Year’ by St. Joseph’s Medical Center

 

 Wednesday, JUNE 8th, 2012 – Arizona OBGYN Affiliates (AOA) proudly announces Frederick D. Fingerhut, MD as Teacher of the Year by St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Dr. Fingerhut is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at AOA, in the Estrella Women’s Center branch and has been in private practice for over 34 years. He attended Miami University and finished medical school at TAE Ohio State University. His internship and residency led him to St. Joe’s Hospital in central Phoenix. He has been a principle investigator for various clinical studies for the past 26 years and continues to teach family medicine residents throughout the valley.

 

Dr. Fingerhut’s colleagues recognize him as a family man, brilliant doctor and dedicated educator. During the award ceremony on June 8th, Drs. Stephanie Augustine and Greg Heller spoke of his successes and their personal experiences working with him. “His patient rapport is second to none. His patients LOVE him and were constantly begging him not to retire during my rotation with him. Thankfully for his patients, he obliged and will continue to work part-time,” stated Dr. Augustine. His most celebrated attribute among his students is his attention to the individual patient. Dr. Fingerhut acknowledges the usefulness of guidelines but emphasizes the needs and desires of the patient. “Dr. Fingerhut has always stood out as one of the best, and we would like to thank him for his many years of dedicated teaching to our program,” said Dr. Greg Heller of St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

 

About AOA

Blending advanced health care with compassion and trust, Arizona OBGYN Affiliates (AOA) is a family of OBGYN physicians who are elevating women’s care to a new level. As one of the largest OBGYN practices in the state of Arizona, AOA is dedicated to providing exceptional women’s healthcare by providing state-of-the-art examinations and treatments across the valley.  With a staff of more than forty-five physicians and mid-level practitioners and 9 branch offices throughout Arizona, women have better access to quality care; providers have the ability to receive fair compensation; and insurance providers have peace of mind in knowing that the physicians within AOA meet the highest level of clinical, technical and ethical standards in healthcare. For more information, please visit www.AOAFamily.com.

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