by Megan Fink
began as a way to alert visitors and employees to the various services
offered by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the
Perinatal Service Line has blossomed into a repository and forum on
important women’s health information.
Jill Mauldin reviews one of her post to Women Speak, a new health blog.
Mauldin and several other physicians and nurses from the Department of
OB/GYN contribute to the weekly blog.
MUSC-affiliated blog, “Women Speak,” was an easy communication tool
that morphed into a way for women, and even men, to find answers to
women’s health concerns.
and infant services is the first service line at MUSC to offer a blog
as an additional resource to patients. Several Women Services
physicians, nurses and staff contribute to Women Speak—Straight Talk
about Women’s Health, http://blogs.musc.edu/womenspeak, and diversity to the topics and advice given through the blog.
tone is informational yet lively. Current blog topics include
intra-uterine devices (IUD’s) as birth control, identifying the
symptoms of urinary tract infections, female sexual dysfunction, and
the importance of midwifery in women’s health; just to name a few.
addition to providing information on common ailments and demystifying
routine tests, blog contributors also share what’s new for entry and
something’s big in the news, then women in the Lowcountry will be
talking about it as well,” said Renee Merriam, Obstetrics and
Gynecology communications coordinator and blog administrator. “This
gives MUSC an opportunity to be a part of the conversation.”
Seasonal topics, such as the flu vaccine and new research, also will
also supply content and freshness to the health blog.
Speak also provides an interactive medium to discuss delicate issues
concerning women: sex, postpartum depression, domestic abuse,
collapsing reproductive organs, incontinence, and emergency
contraception. So not only can women benefit from MUSC’s expert advice,
they can assist each other by sharing their experiences and best
results when facing similar health issues.
Speak is our department’s first step toward becoming more user-friendly
to the younger generation,” said Jill Mauldin, M.D., Obstetrics and
Gynecology perinatal service line medical director and blog author.
“Women also can talk to a nurse online and connect
to other MUSC-affiliated sites to request appointments, find doctors,
and obtain backgrounds on available physicians.”
While the blog is expected to reach younger women who often utilize new
media as their main communication channel, both men and women of every
age are encouraged to read entries and post comments.
To reach Women Speak through MUSC Women’s Services’ Web site, visit http://www.muschealth.com/women. For information on blog participation, contact Merriam at 792-1077, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 16, 2009