Stephen Brown, MD, a partner in CNY Women’s Healthcare, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and delivers at Crouse Hospital. In addition, Dr. Brown provides OB/GYN services at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, NY, including pre-birth and post-birth care, with the exception of delivery.
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, he received his doctor of medicine degree from Georgetown University and completed his residency in OB/GYN at Dartmouth Medical Center. Raised in Morrisville, he resides in Marcellus with his wife and three children.
What do like best about your job?
I enjoy sharing in the birthing experience. It’s a true miracle.
How did you decide to go into obstetrical medicine?
During medical school I was fortunate to have outstanding mentors who helped me find the joy within the chaos of obstetrics.
What considerations should expectant moms think about when choosing a hospital for the birth of their baby?
The most important consideration is to have a comfortable and open relationship with your obstetrical provider. It’s equally important to understand the level of care and service your delivery hospital is able to provide. This includes around-the-clock anesthesia care, various birthing options, use of midwifery services and level of neonatal expertise, should these services be needed.
Why do you like working at Crouse Hospital?
Crouse combines truly exceptional care at the highest level in obstetrics, neonatal and anesthesia care with onsite high-risk OB support, radiology and pediatric specialties, including the only pediatric cardiac catheterization service in the region. Crouse also has the most
experienced OB and NICU nursing teams in Central New York.
Is it OK to exercise during pregnancy?
In most cases yes. But patients should always check first with their doctor regarding specifics and any limitations. What’s considered a “healthy” amount of weight to gain during pregnancy? Every patient and every pregnancy is unique. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has specific guidelines, but the general rule of thumb is between 10 and 30 pounds.
A recent British study suggests moderate drinking during pregnancy
is not harmful. What’s your take on this?
There are other studies that suggest timing of alcohol intake during pregnancy may be a factor. However, we cannot determine actual timing of development
in utero. Therefore, the smartest and safest advice is to not drink alcohol at all when you’re pregnant.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d impart to new parents?
That’s simple: Sleep whenever possible!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with my family in the Adirondacks.
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