By Shannon Magsam
Dr. Hugh Donnell is a family practice/obstetrics physician at
As an obstetrician (whose group of six physicians at Rogers Medical Center has delivered more than 10,000 babies)
Dr. Donnell answered some questions for us regarding his unique perspective on combining family practice, obstetrics and pediatrics:
What do moms need to know about the family doctors at
What are the advantages of having the same physician when you’re pregnant and after you deliver the baby? There are real and substantial advantages to attending the same physician for both obstetric and pediatric care, namely continuity of care. The process of creating a family is experienced (and I think seen by the patient) as a continuum from conception to delivery to well child care. We understand this, and our practice is especially suited to providing consistent support and care during this time. The last time we counted, we delivered 92% of our own personal patients, which is an important part of this process.
Family Practice physicians are trained in obstetric care following guidelines developed jointly by the
What are the most important medical advances during the time you have practiced? Probably the use of corticosteroids in preterm deliveries to improve the premature infant’s lung function and the constant improvement in ultrasound capabilities, now including 3D ultrasound by Dr. Lin Diacon. The most important factor in good obstetric care isn’t technology or modern medical care, but experience, good sense, and attention to important details.
How do RMC physicians handle problems with pregnancy and childbirth? We care for a wide variety of problems in pregnancy, including complicated deliveries and Cesarean sections. We’re supported by expert local obstetricians and pediatricians and the excellent services offered by Mercy Medical Hospital’s
Dr. Lin Diacon exclusively practices ultrasound, with an emphasis on obstetrical ultrasound, at
Do you have children? Yes, I have two – a 15-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.
How long have you been a physician at
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