2/11/2017 9:58 pm
In January of 2017 Dr. Coon had the privilege of being invited to sit for her oral board certification exams for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is an honor and is a result of hard work and study on her behalf. Passing a difficult written examination was required before the oral board examination could be taken. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Coon passed the oral board examination and is now listed on the www.abog.org website as a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Congratulations Dr. Coon!
1/13/2016 8:42 am
We are recommending that our pregnant patients, their partners and anyone who will be around newborns who have not been vaccinated yet be vaccinated for whooping cough. The optimal timing of the vaccine in pregnancy is between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, but it can be given in any trimester. In 2013 the recommendation was changed for woman to get Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy. If you miss the vaccine during pregnancy we should give it immediately following delivery. While preventing illness in adults is important the object is to prevent the baby from getting exposed to the illness. Most pertussis or whooping cough deaths in the US during 2000 and 2012 were among children under 3 months of age. There is information from the CDC at "Pertussis Summary Vaccination Recommendations". Protection of our babies from pertussis by vaccinating family and friends until the baby can receive the vaccine is described as cocooning. In nonpregnant adults and adolescents a repeat Tdap dose 5 or 10 years after the first dose was well tolerated and improved the chances of immunity to disease.
After delivery we support vaccinations of your child as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians and the CDC
1/13/2016 8:38 am
We follow the CDC guidelines and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend you get the flu vaccine, especially if you are pregnant or have a newborn at home during the flu season. This is the best way to protect your own health and the health of the baby. We do have the 2016 vaccine in the office. We charge a total of $25 for the vaccine and the administration. We would be glad to provide a note if you need this to receive the vaccine at work. We are happy to vaccinate your family member or partner if they have no contraindications.
Handwashing is important to avoid colds and flu. Sneeze or cough into your elbow to avoid transmisson of virus.
Avoiding flu is just as important in our patients who are over 65 years of age. Please see "Flu in Seniors" for more information about this.
1/13/2016 8:07 am
The Zika virus is transmitted by aedes mosquito bites and causes a flu-like illness with fever and rash. If a woman is infected in pregnancy it can cause serious issues for the baby with microcephaly or small brain. A case of Zika virus was confirmed to be transmitted as a sexually transmissible disease in Dallas. There is a case confirmed in Houston that was caused by a mosquito bite in South America. Travel for reproductive aged women is not recommended to areas where the Zika virus has been diagnosed. The CDC lists recommendations on areas to avoid traveling when pregnant or potentially pregnant. It is important to avoid mosquito bites locally to take the precaution of using good mosquito repellent such as DEET and permethrin coated clothing in mosquito season. DEET is considered "probably safer" in pregnancy. DEET is certainly safer than the viruses we can be exposed to in mosquito bites.
5/09/2015 5:35 pm
Devine ObGyn is delighted to announce that Amber Coon, MD will be opening a private obstetrics and gynecology practice at our current location of 4403 6th Street in Lubbock. Dr. Coon is a well trained, compassionate physician with excellent clinical judgement and skill. From Roswell, NM, Dr. Coon is an honor graduate of Texas Tech University and TTUHSC School of Medicine in Lubbock. She excelled in her obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of Colorado which she completed in June of 2014. She is married to Murphy and has two young daughters.
Drs. Coon and Devine are looking forward to practicing many years together at UMC and Covenant Hospitals where Dr. Coon is established with active privileges. We plan to maintain our own separate practices, but will be covering for each other on call.