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INTRO TO MENOPAUSE!

Many women are interested in knowing more about menopause as they approach
this phase of life. The North American Menopause Society, founded
in 1989, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and
quality of life during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause
and healthy aging.

The North American Menopause Society’s vision is to be the definitive, independent,
evidence-based resource on mid-life, women’s health, menopause
and healthy aging. Their research benefits the healthcare professional, researchers,
media and the general public.

Menopause is defined by stopping periods for 12 months after the final menstrual
period. It represents the loss of ovarian function, usually because of
aging. Menopause is a normal event. More women are living far past menopause
than they have in the past, therefore there is more emphasis on this
time of life.

An NCMP or NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner is a healthcare professional
who has completed an exam to demonstrate their expertise in the
field. NAMS developed this program to inspire high-quality health care for
women at menopause and beyond. There are four NCMP’s in Kansas with two
residing and practicing in Wichita. Dr. Wyatt-Harris of College Hill OB/GYN
is one of these doctors.

The NAMS website is menopause.org and is geared to helping women and
health care professionals. We are fortunate to have two experts in this subject
practicing in Wichita.

Self Care for Women

Being a women in today’s world is hard work!  Women wear many different hats such a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, niece, granddaughter, co-worker, and boss, just to name a few.  While wearing all these hats, it is easy to forget to care for yourself.  Women can get overwhelmed with the needs of others and forget to pay attention to their own needs.  In addition, women often have a maternal idea of being self-sacrificing, however this is self-destructive.  When this occurs, and they stop attending to their own needs, their ability to care for others will soon diminish. 

Therefore, as we prepare for the holiday season and the end of yet another blessed year, please treat yourself to self-care.  This self-care may include adequate rest, dietary intake, hydration, exercise, hormone replacement therapy, laughter, faith and healthy relationships with family and friends.  In addition women must take time out of their busy schedule to schedule their doctor’s appointments for routine screenings (based on their age) such as a well-women exam and pap smear, mammogram, dental exam, eye exam, dermatology / skin check, and colonoscopy.  Women need to understand the importance of preventative healthcare and the best tool for prevention is awareness.  Your children and others are watching you.  Be a good example, “always put your oxygen mask on first, allowing you to be able to care for others”.  College Hill OB/GYN is currently accepting new patients for all 4 physicians and contracts with most major insurance plans and often are available for most appointments within one week of a phone call to schedule.  Call 316-683-6766 today to schedule.

OB-GYNs who helped deliver orangutan at Sedgwick County Zoo

Dr. Chibry & Whisler Interview

Two Kansas doctors stepped in to help deliver a very special patient earlier this month — Lily the Sumatran orangutan.

Both agreed it was a moment they’ll be talking about for years to come.

Daisy, the Sedgwick County Zoo’s 33-year-old orangutan, went into labor early in the morning on Sept. 7. But according to her veterinary team, there were complications that needed a different set of doctors.

“The zookeeper noticed there was a delay in her labor. Normally they deliver very quickly and that wasn’t the case for Daisy,” Laura Whisler, an OB-GYN based in Wichita, Kansas, said.

The veterinarians were at a loss and turned to the local hospital for help.

“One of the veterinarians at the zoo is one of my personal patients that I’ve taken care of,” Whisler said. “She asked me if I’d be willing to help out.”

Whisler and fellow OB-GYN, Dr. Janna Chirby, were told Daisy needed a cesarean section.

While the experienced pair of OB-GYNs have delivered thousands of babies at Via Christi Hospital, this was their first primate.

“I’m an OB-GYN for homo sapiens, humans. Not for animals,” Chirby said.

The doctors quickly devised a game plan. A few minutes after surgery a healthy baby orangutan was born.

“It was very surreal and definitely one of the best days at my job I’ve ever had,” Chirby said.

After a couple weeks in quarantine, baby Lily is now living happily with Daisy at the zoo.

“It’s definitely one of those moments that will be part of our stories that we tell to our grandkids,” Whisler said.