Local lecture series focuses on womens' health

Birth control.  Pregnancy. Labor. Birth control again. Menopause.  Not to mention, everything in between.  As women, our bodies go from one stage to the next usually without our permission.   You may not be able to control some of those changes, but what you can do is educate yourself so that you understand them as they happen.  Billings OB-GYN Associates is making it easy to educate ourselves by presenting a series of lectures designed to discuss health and wellness with local women and couples.  The first of these lectures, which I attended on Thursday night, was all about pregnancy.  I wasn't sure what to expect.  As the mom of a four year old and a one year old, I know a little bit about pregnancy already, but I'm always willing to learn more about almost any topic.

I know I called this a series of lectures, but the term lecture is actually a bit of a misnomer.  Two of Billings OB-GYN Associates' practitioners, Dr. Kyla Carlson, D.O., and Aimee Brown, P.A., opened the event by asking if we preferred a lecture style or a question/answer format.  After some hems and haws from the group, Dr. Carlson provided us with some brief information about pre-pregnancy, pregnancy itself, and post-pregnancy.  She then opened the floor to questions.  The questions ran the gamut from fun and funny, to more serious, but each question was given a straightforward, understandable answer with just enough humor to keep us all paying attention.

And guess what?  I learned new things!  So, now I know (in case I decide to have another baby), that there is a condition called post pre-eclampsia, and that honey and soft cheeses are on the lists of "in moderation only" pregnancy foods.  The lecture's audience ranged from women considering pregnancy, a few sporting cute baby bellies, and a few (like me) who have been there and done that.  What we do have in common is a stronger understanding of our own bodies after attending the lecture.

Billings OB-GYN Associates has three more lectures scheduled, with different presenting practitioners and topics.  The lectures will all be held on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at the Billings OB-GYN campus located at 1611 Zimmerman Trail.  Snacks and beverages will be provided, and there is no charge for the event.

May 9th  -  Menopause.  Presented by Aimee Brown, P.A. and Kris Miller, N.P.

September 12th -  Infertility.  Presented by Dr. Douglas Ezell.

November 16th - Robotic Surgery.  Presented by Dr. Pam Templeton.

If you'd like more information on the lecture series, please visit Billings OB-GYN's website at www.billings-obgyn.com.  The site also has an electronic form to complete to have your question answered during the series.

So grab a friend, and go get informed!  Hope to see you there!