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Closure?

04 Apr 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
Closure? As I stand in my backyard, I am processing the fact that in the weeks to come I’ll have answers for which I’ve waited years and that I never imagined possible. These answers revolve around the unborn baby I lost nearly 5 years ago. I lost this baby with no real explanation as to why the miscarriage occurred and I’m flooded with emotion realizing that soon I’ll actually know more about this child. It’s...
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Loss in the Eyes of a Nurse…

02 Mar 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
Loss in the Eyes of a Nurse… As I write this entry, I am reminded of being in the hospital, holding the hands of all those patients who were experiencing one of the worst days of their lives. I had not yet experienced my own miscarriage, however, I found a way to be there and nurture so many families when they were faced with this horrible news. I think two things can occur from caring...
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Too Young for Options

01 Feb 2017
Stefanie Castro, RN, BSN, CD, CPD
  Too Young for Options As a nurse, I consider myself a well-educated individual when it comes to my medical options. When I found out my pregnancy was no longer viable, I was aware of various diagnostic tests available that could give me closure to this horrible time in my life. Unfortunately, I was surprised to encounter roadblocks as soon as I inquired about such testing. I was shown the exit to the emergency room...
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Controversies Regarding PGS/PGD

26 Jan 2017
Brian D. Acacio, MD
Controversies Regarding PGS/PGD One of the most common misuses of terms in the field of Reproductive Genetics is “PGD”. PGD stands for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. This pertains to the genetic testing of embryos for a specific known genetic condition, most commonly single gene disorders. This requires two things: the first is to know what specific condition we are looking for such as cystic fibrosis, BRCA1/2, or sickle cell disease. The other thing that is required...
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