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How a Pap Smear Can Save Your Life

Having a Pap smear is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk of cervical cancer. The test is fast and painless — and most women only need to have one once every three years. Here’s how a Pap smear can help you stay healthy.

Nov 16th, 2020
COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Taking extra precautions is the new normal in response to COVID-19. But if you’re pregnant, you might be wondering if your pregnancy and childbirth plan will be impacted. Here’s what you need to know if you’re pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sep 25th, 2020
Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Nov 16th, 2020
Governor Kemp Signs HB 1114 – Postpartum Medicaid Extension

Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed legislation that will extend the amount of time eligible new mothers can receive Medicaid and cut down on patients being surprised by bills after receiving care. DeKalb Women’s Specialists’s Dr. Scott was in...

Jul 6th, 2020
Is My Menstrual Cycle Normal?

We hear this question quite frequently: is my menstrual cycle normal? Since every single woman is unique, and we love that, it is hard to define “normal.” Most of the time we talk more about what is “average” rather than normal to help women understand...

Jul 6th, 2020
Meet & Greet Event Update: July 16th, 2020

This year, DeKalb Women’s Specialists is offering Meet & Greet events to meet your providers, tour the hospital’s labor and delivery facility, and have an opportunity to ask questions. There is limited seating, so remember to RSVP!

Jun 11th, 2020
Understanding Postpartum Depression And How To Deal With It

Postpartum depression does not discriminate. You can develop it whether your pregnancy was easy or difficult. You can suffer from it if you are a first time mom or already have a child, married or unmarried, and it occurs in women of all ages, races...

Jun 8th, 2020
Congratulations Asia and Mandy!

DeKalb Women’s Specialists would like to congratulate Asia and Mandy, daughters of Dr. Kathleen Johnson, along with all the other 2020 graduates!

May 28th, 2020
What Is Pregnancy Anxiety and How Can You Cope With It?

Even the most confident woman can suddenly panic when told she is pregnant. Whether it was a planned event or a surprise, from this moment unknown insecurities seem to take over, and you are suddenly afraid like never before. What is pregnancy anxiety...

May 4th, 2020
D.W.S. Is Now Offering Telehealth!

Because your safety and health is our top priority, we are proud to offer telehealth services at our offices! These services are for EXISTING PATIENTS ONLY, and appointments can be scheduled by calling (404) 508-2000 or requesting an appointment online.

Apr 7th, 2020
5 Things to Know About Robotic Surgery For Gynecologic Cancer

Medical technology continues to improve and innovate the way surgeons can perform surgery. Robotic surgery was approved by the FDA in 2005 and is a relatively new less-invasive technique, but different from both laparoscopic and open surgery.

Apr 6th, 2020
COVID-19 Updates

All Meet and Greet events will be cancelled until further notice. 

Mar 23rd, 2020
COVID-19 Call-In

Dekalb Women’s Specialists in conjunction with Emory Decatur Hospital encourages patients to communicate with their Primary Care Physicians (Internal Medicine or Family Practice) by telephone if feeling sick with fever...

Mar 22nd, 2020
12 Untrue Assumptions About Weight Loss

If you struggle with your weight, you’re already tired of hearing about weight loss secrets, seeing ads on TV about how to lose weight, or getting well-meaning advice from friends and family.

Mar 3rd, 2020
4 Prenatal Vitamins You Need and How to Take Them

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or gifted with a surprise, taking prenatal vitamins will only benefit you and your baby. DeKalb Women’s Specialists suggests these 4 prenatal vitamins you need in order to prepare your body for a healthy baby.

Feb 2nd, 2020
2020 Meet & Greet Events

This year, DeKalb Women’s Specialists is offering Meet & Greet events to meet your providers, tour the hospital’s labor and delivery facility, and have an opportunity to ask questions. There is limited seating, so remember to RSVP!

Jan 24th, 2020
Postpartum Depression Symptoms List and Support Options

Not the same thing as the familiar term “baby blues,” postpartum depression is a truly serious health issue, and according to the National Institute of Health, 15% of new mothers can suffer from it. If you have recently given birth, or know someone who...

Jan 3rd, 2020
Exercising to Improve Symptoms of Endometriosis

We all know that exercise is one of the most beneficial ways to relieve stress, even though we sometimes don’t want to do it. Those who live with endometriosis often find that exercise also works for their painful symptoms as it releases endorphins...

Dec 3rd, 2019
Travel Warnings and Tips for Pregnant Women

If you decide to vacation, visit old friends, or must travel for work, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from flying or driving to your destination. As long as you are having a normal pregnancy and you have gotten the OK from DeKalb Women’s Specialists...

Nov 1st, 2019
Natural Pain Management Techniques for Childbirth

We have all heard the stories about how incredibly painful it is to give birth, but that hasn’t stopped a large number of women in recent years from deciding on a more holistic approach to the process.

Aug 16th, 2019
8 Fertility Factors and What to Do About Them

Women who decide to put off having children may find later in life that they have difficulty trying to conceive or carry to term. If you are not ready for kids just yet, but still think you may want them someday, it is wise to consider all the factors...

Jul 18th, 2019
Your Guide to Preterm Labor Prevention

Prematurity can cause many health issues for the child, and it occurs more frequently with women younger than 17 or older than 35. Avoiding risk factors and knowing the symptoms are only a part of your guide to preterm labor prevention.

Jun 19th, 2019
3 Types of Cervical Cancer and What You Should Know About Them

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common cancers affecting women. In past years, medical researchers have reported a significant decrease in incidences of cervical cancer, which has been attributed to increase in regular Pap tests being performed.

Jan 8th, 2019
The Best Exercises That Are Safe To Do While Pregnant

Moms to-be have a lot in common. Besides that so-called “glow” everyone says you have, there are swollen ankles, constipation, aches and pains, bloating, and fatigue. Let’s not forget about the fact that you can’t get a good night’s sleep. Yeah, that too.

Nov 14th, 2018
Holiday Hours: 2018-2019

Be sure to check out our holiday hours for the 2018-2019 holiday season, including closures and extended hours!

Nov 11th, 2018
Should I Get A 3-D Mammogram?

For most of a woman’s life the question has always been “how often should I get a mammogram at my age?” Now, as technology continues to advance, there is a new question to ask your doctor: “Should I get a 3-D mammogram?”

Oct 12th, 2018
How Menopause Can Affect Your Sleep Schedule

If night sweats and day sweats aren’t enough to ruin a normal day, now your clothes seem to be shrinking a bit. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself. Now the knockout punch comes; you begin to realize menopause can affect your sleep schedule.

Sep 19th, 2018
August is Breastfeeding Month

During August, organizations around the world spread awareness about breastfeeding and how it can benefit babies in all communities. Across the world, only about 38% of infants are exclusively breastfed.

Aug 15th, 2018
Common Health Issues For New Mothers

New moms may think they are ready to tackle anything once they’re at home with their sweet baby. After all, they have been through nine months of ups and downs, difficult sleeping, and morning sickness. Now that they have given birth, it should be...

May 30th, 2018
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Life After Cancer

Hearing the news that your cancer is cured is one of the greatest and most relieving feelings! After the initial wave of happiness, however, you may have a lot of questions about what comes next.

Jan 16th, 2018
Holiday Hours & End of Year Appointments

Can you believe we’re approaching the end of the year already? In November and December, our office will be closed on a few select days so that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

Nov 16th, 2017
Our August Babies

Meet the beautiful August newborns of Dekalb Women’s Specialists!

Sep 6th, 2017
Our July Babies

Meet the beautiful July newborns of Dekalb Women’s Specialists!

Aug 2nd, 2017
July is Fibroids Awareness Month

As common as uterine fibroids are, it’s obvious why a month is dedicated to it in an effort to help raise awareness, research, and funding. If you’re not familiar with the condition, you may be surprised to learn that by age 50, as many as 70% of white...

Jul 19th, 2017
Our May Babies

Meet the beautiful May newborns of Dekalb Women’s Specialists!

Jun 4th, 2017
Join Us for a Good Cause at Hiking & Hotcakes!

Dekalb Women’s Specialists is participating in Hiking & Hotcakes – Run for Research 2017! We’d love for you to join our team or donate to the cause. Dr. Scott’s brother passed away from Scleroderma and this is something that we do each and every year in...

May 17th, 2017
Five Health Questions To Ask On Mother’s Day

As a mom, you’re dedicated to knowing your child’s medical history to ensure they stay as healthy as possible. You probably even track what they eat, drink, and breathe, just to make sure you’re preventing every ailment you can.

May 11th, 2017
Our April Babies

Here are the beautiful April newborns of Dekalb Women’s Specialists!

May 7th, 2017
How Is Stress Affecting Your Health?

Nearly everyone will experience some type of stress in their lives. Stress can be caused by a variety of factors including, work, money, health, family and a laundry list of other items that are often unavoidable.

Apr 24th, 2017
Our March Babies

The beautiful March newborns of Dekalb Women’s Specialists!

Apr 3rd, 2017
Could My Infertility be Caused by Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a much more prevalent issue than many people might think. In fact, fewer than 1/3 of women know what endometriosis is, despite it affecting approximately one out of every ten women in the United States.

Mar 9th, 2017
January Meet and Greet with Our Obstetricians

Last month, we hosted our quarterly Meet & Greet with all our obstetricians. This event gives new and expecting patients a chance to meet all of the providers that will be seeing them during their pregnancy. It’s also an opportunity to ask any questions...

Feb 6th, 2017
World Cancer Day 2017

Cancer is the leading cause of death around the world. Every year, approximately 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million of them will die from the disease.

Feb 3rd, 2017
Our January Babies

What a precious way to start off 2017! Here are the January babies of Dekalb Women’s Specialists.

Jan 24th, 2017
Cervical Cancer Detection & Prevention

40 years ago, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in American women. Since then, the number of deaths has significantly decreased due to increased awareness of the symptoms and testing methods for this disease.

Jan 19th, 2017
4 Essential Medical Exams for Women

As women, we face unique health challenges. In order to maintain long-term health, prevention and early detection of medical conditions and diseases is key. Depending on your stage of life, the following exams are recommended.

Dec 20th, 2016
Our November Babies!

Dekalb Women’s Specialists is closing out the Fall with our November babies! Aren’t they precious?

Dec 7th, 2016
Flu Shots for 2016/17 – What has Changed?

It’s the beginning of flu season, and in order to avoid a high fever, severe aches and a nasty cough, a flu shot could help patients lessen their symptoms or avoid them all together.

Nov 16th, 2016
Our October Babies!

Dekalb Women’s Specialists is proud to introduce you all to our October babies!

Oct 31st, 2016
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2016

While most people are aware that breast cancer is an issue, many still don’t take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages. Every October, doctors, nurses and organizations use this month to raise awareness for the detection...

Oct 20th, 2016
Our September Babies!

Dekalb Women’s Specialists is proud to announce all of our September babies!

Sep 30th, 2016
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

While ovarian cancer is only the ninth most common cancer in women, it is the leading cause of death for cancers of the female reproductive system.

Sep 21st, 2016
Kaiser Permanente 5K Walk/Run

Join Dekalb Women’s Specialists as we participate in the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk and Fitness Program. The event will take place on Thursday September 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Aug 30th, 2016
Breastfeeding Month

During August, organizations around the world spread awareness about breastfeeding and how it can benefit babies in all communities. Across the world, only about 38% of infants are exclusively breastfed.

Aug 29th, 2016
Dr. Al becomes a Vaccination Superhero!

Dr. Al Scott and other physicians from the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, Inc. recently made a video showcasing the importance of vaccines. The video aims to raise adult immunization rates.

Aug 21st, 2016
We’re Moving!

Dekalb Women’s Specialists is moving its Decatur office at Dekalb Medical Center across the street to the new Suburban Plaza Shopping Center! The move will take place in early August 2016.

Jul 27th, 2016
Group B Strep During Pregnancy

In an effort to raise awareness about Group B Streptococcus (GBS), July has been made Group B Strep awareness month. Read these frequently asked questions about GBS to stay informed during your pregnancy and help us spread awareness in Atlanta, GA.

Jul 27th, 2016
Is it Okay to Eat Fish While I’m Pregnant?

Confused about whether you’re allowed to eat fish during pregnancy? You’re not alone. Nutrition becomes even more important when you’re pregnant because everything you eat impacts the baby’s development.

May 31st, 2016
When Should I Have a Gynecology Exam?

If you’re scheduling your first gynecology visit and are curious what a gynecologist is, you aren’t alone. Many women have questions when it comes to seeing a gynecologist and when they should schedule an appointment. 

Apr 27th, 2016
What you should know about the Zika Virus

While only about 20% of people with the Zika virus experience symptoms, the greater concern about contracting the virus has been the potential link to birth defects.

Feb 18th, 2016
Learn the ABCs of HPV

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is an incredibly common disease that is actually a group of more than 100 viruses.

Nov 29th, 2015
Do you have morning sickness?

Morning sickness is caused by hormones released by a woman’s body during pregnancy. Morning sickness occurs most often during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Oct 21st, 2015
Breast Cancer Prevention Tips

October begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to breastcancer.org, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime.

Sep 29th, 2015
Is a Yearly Pelvic Exam or Pap Smear Still Necessary?

Women no longer need to dread their annual pelvic exam! According to the American College of Physicians, a pelvic exam and a pap smear aren’t necessary to have every year. So what changed and is this the safest decision for women?

Aug 18th, 2015
Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Antidepressants are commonly used to relieve symptoms associated with depression. However when antidepressants are used during pregnancy, there are a lot of things to consider.

Jul 28th, 2015
How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Deciding you’re ready to get pregnant is an exciting time in any relationship. According to what you’ve heard, making the decision to get pregnant is the hardest part of the conception process.

Jun 22nd, 2015
Epidural Myths Debunked

More than 60 percent of women in America choose to get epidurals however, are still a lot of misconceptions about the procedure. Here are just a few of the myths surrounding epidurals...

Jun 10th, 2015
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for something special to celebrate everything your mom has done for you? These great gift ideas are both useful and thoughtful!

May 3rd, 2015