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Welcome to Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology’s New Blog!

Dr. Payne, as well as the nurses and staff at our office, are committed to serving our community. We are dedicated to helping women improve their lives through better choices. This blog will serve as a forum to discuss the latest obstetrical and gynecological medical developments and health advice. We want to help YOU to be fit and happy. Whether your goal is to lose weight, grow your family, or simply take a more active role in managing your well-being, we are here to help you succeed. Join us in celebrating women’s lives. Together we can make a difference!

However, we can’t do this alone – we need to hear from you! Let us know what topics you’re interested in and what issues really matter to you. Please contact us with topics of interest at info@swgaobgyn.com, or use our contact form. We look forward to your feedback!

Best regards,
The Providers and Staff at Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology

Birth Defects Prevention

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.

About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.

Birth defects can affect almost any part of the body (e.g., heart, brain, extremities, mouth). They may affect how the body looks, works, or both. Birth defects can vary from mild to severe. The well-being of each child affected with a birth defect depends mostly on which organ or body part is involved and how much it is affected. Depending on the severity of the defect and what body part is affected, the expected lifespan of a person with a birth defect may or may not be affected.

Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can increase her own chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. This is important because many birth defects happen very early during pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. To learn more tips for a healthy pregnancy, visit the Center for Disease Control's website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/prevention.html

Southwest Georgia Obstetrics & Gynecology desires to provide its patients with informative content and articles related to women’s health and management. However, these links and the information provided should not take the place of visiting your Physician if you are experiencing medical discomfort or if you require additional information concerning a medical issue. Dr. Paul Payne is not liable for any medical advice or information given out on this page. However, we welcome appointments to discuss any problems or concerns you may be having. Thank you for your understanding.