In light of the many questions about the Zika virus this is our best recommendation at this time:
Recommendations for Pregnant Women Considering Travel to an Area of Zika Virus Transmission
Because there is neither a vaccine nor prophylactic medications available to prevent Zika virus infection, CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing (10). If a pregnant woman travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, she should be advised to strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites (11,12). Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite both indoors and outdoors, mostly during the daytime; therefore, it is important to ensure protection from mosquitoes throughout the entire day (13). Mosquito prevention strategies include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered insect repellents, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms. When used as directed on the product label, insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant women (14,15). Further guidelines for using insect repellents are available online (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/avoid-bug-bites)
HOGA has a well-rounded team of healthcare professionals ready to meet your needs. Our physicians are board-certified and active within the community in areas of research and education. We are committed to providing optimal prenatal care to both the high risk and low risk patients of our community.
In addition to being sensitive to your scheduling needs we are currently exploring innovative ways to deliver care by offering on-site prepared childbirth educational classes.
We employ 2 on-site full time ultrasound technologists. Our Sonographers are both registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medicine and have a combined experience of 20 years in the OB/GYN specialty. In addition our practice is AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine) accredited. What that means is that our sonographers submit to rigorous testing every 3 years and submit studies and images to be approved by the highest governing body of ultrasound medicine. HOGA is the only private practice that is AIUM accredited in both Volusia and Flagler counties. Our sonographers are dedicated to serving our community and hold themselves to the highest standards of patient care.
HOGA offers all stages of pregnancy ultrasound including:
- 1st trimester dating and NT scans
- 2nd trimester anatomical surveys
- 3rd trimester fetal surveillance
We also offer 16 week gender scans and 3rd trimester 4D scans with Saturday appointments available. To schedule your appointment call our office and ask to speak with Sheila or Grace.
We currently deliver at Halifax Health Medical Center. As your partner in care it is our goal to ensure that your obstetrical experience is both safe and personally satisfying. Halifax Health is the only hospital in our county the offers 24/7 neonatal intensive care. Should your baby be born early or need medical intervention, you will be able to have your baby’s care delivered at Halifax. Level 1 hospitals typically transfer early or sick babies out of our county for their care. If you are traveling from Palm Coast or Deland there is only about a 5 minute additional distance between both area hospitals. If you are experiencing an obstetrical problem or if you believe that labor has begun, this time difference should not significantly affect your access to care.
Halifax Health offers a wide array of services designed to make your maternity stay a pleasant one, including bedside registration, and full-time lactation consultant. Please ask your provider or check out our link to Halifax Health on this website if you have any questions or concerns.
Halifax Health: Research & Resources - www.halifaxhealth.org