• Providing quality, compassionate, state of the art health care to women at all ages and stages of their lives.

Welcome to Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics

 

Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics is excited about the launch of our Patient Portal! This is another way for us to stay connected to our patients. Details about how to enroll are being distributed at both offices.

 

 

Julia Smookler, C.N.M., M.S.N. of Atlanta Gynecology and Obstetrics
Julia Smookler, CNM, MSN

Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics welcomes Julia Smookler, Certified Nurse-Midwife.

*Specializing in gynecological care, preconception care, prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care.

Please be sure to meet her during your next visit to our office.

Julia Smookler, CNM, MSN, was recently interviewed for a CNN story about severe morning sickness.

Julia Smookler of Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetric, interviewed for a CNN story about severe morning sickness
Watch the video!

 

 

Family-Centered Cesarean

Dr. Catherine Bonk, the obstetric champion for the Best Fed Beginnings project, has enabled DeKalb Medical to start family-centered cesareans. This is because she helped DeKalb Medical become the first Baby-Friendly/5-Star Hospital in the state of Georgia. She and the team received the award February 2015 from Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commission of Public Health for the State of Georgia.

About Family-Centered Cesareans

In a routine cesarean birth, following delivery of the baby via incision by the surgical team, the newborn infant is taken directly to a warmer where he or she is given an initial examination, weighed and cleaned before being brought to the mother. These procedures are safe and typically work well, though they sometimes seem to lack the emotional connections often associated with vaginal birth, particularly the skin-to-skin process.

With a family-centered cesarean (sometimes referred to as a "natural cesarean"), mothers are able to regain that important close connection immediately after their baby is delivered. In this scenario, the baby is delivered by the surgical team and handed to the family's attendant, who then brings the baby immediately to mother. The mother is able to focus on and bond with her new child with skin to skin while the attendant sees to the needs of both baby and mother and the surgical team is closing the incision. This approach improves the mother's birth experience and promotes breastfeeding as well as the overall wellness of mother and baby.

  • Skin-to-skin contact and bonding immediately following a C-section
  • Presence and participation of partner during delivery
  • Dropped curtain to allow the mother to watch the birth
  • A maternal assisted C-section where the mother participates in delivering the baby

 


 

Atlanta Midwife Selected as Part of CNN's Fit Nation

Reaching fitness goals as a group is the aim for Julia Smookler and the rest of CNN's Fit Nation participants.

FEBRUARY 2015 - ATLANTA, GA - Julia Smookler, a Certified Nurse Midwife with Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics (AGO) located in Metro Atlanta, and her husband Eugene have been selected as two of six participants in this year's CNN Fit Nation. Fit Nation is an endeavor by global news outlet CNN to promote healthier living worldwide by following a select group of participants in their efforts to achieve a lifelong health goal.

 


 

Georgia Babies Treated to Facilities Focused on Their Needs

Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics celebrates rare Baby-Friendly designation for their parent hospital.

FEBRUARY 2015 - ATLANTA, GA - Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics (AGO), a provider of women's health services with offices in Decatur, GA and Lilburn, GA, is proud to announce that their parent hospital, DeKalb Medical, has earned the prestigious designation of Baby-Friendly. Dekalb Medical was the first hospital in the state to be named Baby-Friendly and one of only two in Georgia that have received the formal designation, making them part of an elite club of just 227 total hospitals in the United States.

 


 

Pregnancy and Vaccines

The CDC wants you to know that vaccines are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Certain diseases that can be very serious for pregnant women and their newborn babies can be prevented by vaccines. Staying up to date with vaccines is part of a healthy pregnancy.

Vaccines help protect you. Vaccines also help protect your baby during the time when he or she is too young to get vaccinated but is at high risk of severe disease from flu and whooping cough.  The Providers at Atlanta Gyn & OB recommend other vaccines either before, during or after your pregnancy based on your age or other considerations. Talk to your healthcare provider about including vaccines as part of a healthy pregnancy

Pregnant women should get:

  • Influenza “flu shot” vaccine each year
  • Vaccine to prevent whooping cough and tetanus (Tdap)

Please see more information about immunizations, vaccines and pregnancy.

Our office is happy to provide you with your Tdap and flu vaccine (when available).

 


 

The Flu is coming this fall! Protect Yourself!

Flu Season is coming. Pregnant women are more severely affected by influenza compared with the general population. Please get your flu vaccine at our office when it becomes available this fall.

Please watch Dr. Dawn Mandeville and Dr. Jenny Meyer as they were interviewed by  Fox 5 Health Reporter Beth Galvin.

 

 

 


 

Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics Patients Help Dekalb Medical and The New York Blood Center Reach Milestone Cord Blood Donation (see story below)

DeKalb Medical / NYBC Partnership Receives Its 1000th Donation of Maternal Cord Blood

December 6, 2012, -- Atlanta, GA -- New York Blood Center (NYBC) announced today that it has received its 1000th donated Clinical Cord Blood unit from DeKalb Medical Women and Infants Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  NYBC began to accept donated cord blood at DeKalb Medical in May of 2011, and received the first FDA license for a Cord Blood Stem Cell Product, HEMACORD® (HPC, Cord Blood) in November of 2011.

Potentially life-saving cord blood units donated at DeKalb Medical have been provided to patients throughout the United States – from Texas to Massachusetts and New York to California, including one of the first FDA licensed units ever distributed.

“Our doctors, patients and families would never want to waste a drop of the cord blood that can be used to save lives,” said Dr. Cathy Bonk, former obstetrics chief, DeKalb Medical.  Cord blood donation at DeKalb Medical is free for all families and mothers that wish to participate.

NYBC’s National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center accepts donations of cord blood 24/7 from mothers delivering at DeKalb Medical and is the first and largest Public Cord Blood Bank, having provided more than 4,800 cord blood units to patients around the world in moret than 39 countries on seven continents.

About National Cord Blood Program (NCBP):  Launched in 1992, New York Blood Center’s (NYBC) National Cord Blood Program (www.ncbp.us) at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center, was the first established umbilical cord blood bank to collect, process, test and store cord blood units and make them available for transplantation to patients in need of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  The NCBP has provided more than 4,800 cord blood units for transplantation worldwide since its inception.  NCBP is a public cord blood bank and accepts requests from Transplant Centers and Registries all over the world.  Cord blood units can be accessed and searched directly through NCBP’s WebSearch (https://tc.placentalblood.org/).  Cord blood units can also be accessed through Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW), the National Marrow Donor Program, or by calling 718-752-4710 or 866-767-6227. 

About New York Blood Center:  New York Blood Center (NYBC), one of the nation's largest non-profit, community-based blood centers.  For almost 50 years, NYBC has been providing blood, transfusion products and services to hospitals serving more than 20 million people in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  NYBC is also home to the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and the National Cord Blood Program at the Howard P. Milstein Cord Blood Center, the world's largest public cord blood bank.  NYBC provides medical services and programs (Clinical, Transfusion, and Hemophilia Services) through our medical professionals along with consultative services in transfusion medicine. Please visit us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/newyorkbloodcenter.  Follow us on Twitter: @NY_BloodCenter.

 


 

Newsletters

 


 

Dr. Kay Entrekin: Reaching The Summit

By Catherine M. Bonk, M.D.

I have always known that my partner, Kay Entrekin, MD, was fast (at everything). After working side-by-side our first year together in 1999, I was humbled to learn that she had won the Atlanta Thanksgiving Marathon in 1986. The humbling continued year after year every July 5th when I scoured the pages of the AJC and saw her name in the top 500 finishes of the Peachtree Road Race.

This year I figured things were no different, so I failed to look at the newspaper on July 5th. When I asked her how the race went, she said, “I finally beat my old nemesis.” However, she did not tell me the bigger fact. She WON the Peachtree Road Race (the largest 10K in the world) for women over the age of 50. She completed the race in 41 minutes and 42 seconds, a personal best for the Peachtree. She is so unassuming that she left that detail out of our conversation.

Then, to top it all off, two weeks later, she accompanied her husband and two daughters on a mission trip to Africa and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. The mission trip with Young Life was to help repair a school in a small village of the African Masaai tribe. Following this endeavor, the group began their challenging trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Kay worried for months about the possibility that altitude sickness might prohibit her or any other family members from summiting the climb. Her worries were set aside as all four made it to the top of the 19,340 foot mountain....READ MORE

Patient Portal
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The phone number for our answering/after hours emergency line has changed. Effective September 24, 2013 the number will be

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