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Dr. Pam Yoder

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
San Francisco, CA
female

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PAMELA R. YODER, MD, PhD WebMD's first only women's health editor and medical editor for imaging. Founding chair of Healthy Living and of Women's Health Channels, Revolution. HealthTap's first chief engagement officer and, in spare time, founding "exceptional" medical expert. Board-certified OBGYN specialist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist Clinical and behavioral psychologist. Former faculty OBGYN U Chicago, Tufts, U I Chicago, Medicine Kinesiology U Illinois. Behavior analyst, consultant and content creator. Please click on my links for updates on health, fitness and nutrition for women and their families.

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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597 Answers
313 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes and No: If a general OB or family physician or midwife refers a patient to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, there is an opportunity for a woman to learn ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: There is more than one type of glucose testing. No matter which is used, if a test is positive, women should see an OB or endo provider or diabetes ed... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Toss tempting foods!: Many women reach for food in times of stress, boredom, many other emotional states. A good starting point for weight control is to record what you eat... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: I agree that swimming is wonderful exercise for pregnant swimmers. However, our world's water is not as clean as it once was. Here is a site with lots... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Step 1-alter stimuli: Uncontrolled eating can be triggered by seeing something "tasty" on tv, the web, etc. So avoiding those visual stimuli can help. Likewise removing fro... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Please call OB ASAP: If you cannot reach your OB provider, go to the nearest labor and delivery for evaluation. This might be pain from any pelvic or abdominal structures ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
It is possible: Though most healthy fetuses will not be injured, falling may have indirectly affected a baby and pregnancy. A fall can lead to the placenta separating... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
2 possibilities: One possibility is irregular periods, which become more common as one progresses through time or ventures into menopause. Another is pregnancy. A phys... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
She can ask her GYN: For you, i will refer this to our specialists in gynecology.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Combining oral contraceptive pills and tobacco use, especially if age is 35 or greater, is not safe. Women need to stop smoking for their own sake and... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
See doctor for exam: A woman trying to conceive (ttc) should inform her primary care physician, ask about overdue or needed immunizations, get a general exam and give a he... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Primary care doc: Often we specialists forget that many people have a primary care physician (pcp) like the family physician who knows them best and can evaluate quickl... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No sex if coming out: The iud might be in process of being expelled from uterus. Anyone with iud who can feel plastic in vagina should call the doctor who inserted it asap.... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Some women note symptoms like drowsiness as early as that. Other symptoms might come later.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Periods can vary: If a woman of child-bearing age is having intercourse, there is a chance she could become pregnant even if using contraception. Because of that, most ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Fungal infections: Infections from fungi or overgrowth of yeast can occur in many parts of the body. The warm moist areas, like a woman's vagina, are the environments th... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Smaller babies: Sometimes babies are not only smaller but also sicker or less likely to handle other problems like infection. They also might be born early. Stop smok... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Could be other cause: If a woman suspects she is pregnant but has a negative pregnancy test or cannot test at home, she should see her physician. Then the doctor can order ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Exam needed: Labor is a combination of contractions and a change in the cervix. An exam is needed to know if it is occurring so a woman should notify and go to her... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Might be--call, go: Pain in the uterus at any point in pregnancy should be reported. The lowest part of the uterus, cervix extends into vagina, and sometimes "vaginal" pa... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Can ovulate soon: Keeping a record of bleeding to show an obgyn is helpful. It is most critical when trying to conceive or when recovering from a miscarriage and/or d&c... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Time to shift focus: Can the MMR vaccine cause autism? As child psychologist and mataternal-fetal specialist, I am advocate for families affected by autism. As scientist, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Meet with dietician: If a woman follows any diet plan uncommon in the us, her physician may request that she keep a food diary and meet with a dietician. To avoid lost tim... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: There are times to be a hero & avoid drugs. This is not one of those times. If a woman has no or few medications in labor, it is very reasonable to ha... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Call OB, Labor/Deliv: Bleeding in the second half of pregnancy is often associated with the placenta. It can be low or cover the cervix or pulling away from the wall of the... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Many women notice a change in shoe size during pregnancy from swelling and after pregnancy due to actual changes in foot size and/or shape. Word to th... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Focus on the fetus: Stress on the job is unavoidable. Stress during pregnancy is inevitable. Moms should make time for breaks, lie down if possible, limit work at home. O... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: In general an experienced sonographer can detect two sacs or two fetuses in the first trimester and beyond. Sometimes one twin will be missed if it is... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: It is not unusual to feel blood in the back of the throat during a nosebleed.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Hi from Hi-Risk doc: Welcome to healthtap. We hope you find credible timely and time-saving information and news on this exciting new site for women and their families. Fe... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
See expert ASAP: Before trying to conceive (ttc), see an expert--perinatologist or mfm subspecialist or endocrinologist with experience with diabetes in pregnancy. Hav... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
If it has bled, yes: Walking can lead to uterine activity. Contractions can lead to bleeding from a low placenta. Many OB providers insist that women with a bleeding place... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cervix effaces/thins: The cervix is normally thick through most of pregnancy, and usually many uterine contractions and physiologic changes are required to thin it (especia... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
High BP, trauma, ROM: Abruptio placentae (formal term) occurs when there is separation of placenta from the wall of the uterus. The diagnosis depends on there being a norma... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
2 babies 2 sacs DZ: Twin pregnancies that end without complications and with successful vaginal delivery of both babies at term are rare. Women with multiple gestations a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Related to cause: If the cervix dilated very early (the old medical term is 'incompetent' cervix), then the risk is high. If there was an infection, the odds are not ve... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many things: Mother nature can be tough. Every pregnancy poses risks to mom or baby. The goal of modern obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine is to decrease the c... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: No one, especially pregnant women and children, should drink hot water from the tap or lead pipes. Beside that, in general, guidelines would be simila... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Women's symptoms vary. It might not be abnormal for some, but it is not typical for most women to have morning sickness beyond 13-16 weeks. So women h... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Back pain can accompany labor. The nerves in the pelvis don't always cause the pain in the places one expects, so there is not always one-to-one corre... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many things: Women experience emotion about the baby and curiosity about its health, appearance. They often want to block out others and focus on the precious bund... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Structural, function: Many problems involve abnormal location of the placenta (too low, too deep in uterine wall). Other less common ones are due to abnormal structure (eg,... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
>400,000 in US in 09: Cdc and us vital statistics sites offer credible information. Start here for more information on teen pregnancies in the US: http://www.cdc.gov/teenpr... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Tell OB & Peds docs : If a pregnant woman has a congenital heart defect, there is an increased chance her children will have a heart defect. However, it might be a differen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Bleeding occurs in many pregnancies that have good outcomes. However, the first episodes bleeding during a pregnancy are always worrisome to women and... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Is benefit > risk?: Some women need to continue or take medication during pregnancy for ongoing medical problems or those that develop during pregnancy or childbirth. Dis... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Good question: The answer should be easy but differs from person to person. You might need to try several products to find what works for you. Some people sleep on t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Unfortunately conditions associated with excessive bleeding can lead to hypovolemic shock. Those include conditions that can occur in nonpregnant peop... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on factors: A simple cyst is very common and often detected on routine pelvic or ultrasound exam and can be followed by gyn visits. The more complex ones need fur... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
White noise effects: Most people buy white-noise machines or recordings to block out occasional/intermittent sounds like honking horns, barking dogs, etc. While some work ... Read More

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Aug 4, 2012
Anything Dr. Yoder comments on is always "bang-on" accurate. Articulate & wise, I'm tempted to place her web-sites on my home page! She makes me miss the outstanding Professors I learned from in trai...Read More
Dec 31, 2011
Thank you for getting me started with Health Tap - This is a great resouce I hope to use to enhance patient care. It is also a great resource for me, to refer to my growing network of specialists.
Sep 15, 2013
Dr.Yoder is a fantastic, highly knowledgable and dedicated physician. Her impact here at health tap has been impressive to say the least. I highly recommend Dr.Yoder
HealthTap member
Thanks again. Another prior incident (January 2012). No broken skin (probably a laceration if not for the 3mm neoprene wetsuit). My equine vet. father suggested compartment syndrome. Extremely light b...Read More
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Thank you, Dr. Yoder. I appreciate your thoughtful response. This was in fact an issue in the summer of 2010; my friend became very worried after adopting a healthy looking dog but reading about rabie...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
MD

Awards

Charter member of Education Subcommittee for Outreach, SMFM
Guest Editor, Center on Women's Health, Health & Human Services
Expert reviewer, Women's Health Website, CDC
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