Patient Portal

We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to access your patient information online and at your convenience. With Athena Patient Portal you may view your past and upcoming appointments, prescription and vital signs history.

Your patient profile information is available on our Portal Website. https://16845.portal.athenahealth.com/

You may access the Patient Portal directly from the link above or copy and pasted. Your private Portal USERNAME will be your email address, and creating a PASSWORD will be linked to the first initial email.

Password requirements are:

  • Password is case sensitive, and need at least one lowercase and uppercase letter.
  • Must be at least 8 characters and no more than 50 characters.
  • Password must include at least one number.
  • One character must be a symbol.  Such as ) ! # $ % & (

If for any reason you are unable to access the Portal website or need your password reset; please call the office at (319) 233-8865 during business hours.

Business hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 am to 5 pm Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Thank you for choosing Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Office Hours

Reception Desk Telephone Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 5 pm.
Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 5 pm.
Friday 7:30 am to 4 pm.
PATIENTS ARE SEEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Aspirin use after miscarriage

A new abstract presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine annual meeting shows a benefit for low-dose (81 mg) aspirin for women who have experienced a single pregnancy loss before 20 weeks (miscarriage) in the past year. The low-dose aspirin group of women had an absolute 9.2% increase in the rate of live birth. There was no increase in pregnancy loss, major fetal, neonatal, or maternal complications. The drug was well tolerated (small increase in minor vaginal bleeding and minor gastrointestinal upset) and the cost of treatment was low (approximately $2 for the pregnancy). The women took the medication prior to attempted pregnancy daily for up to 6 menstrual cycles, or if they conceived, up to the 36th week of pregnancy. They also took folic acid. For women who did not meet the criteria (single pregnancy loss prior to 20 weeks in the past year), there did not seem to be a benefit. The proposed mechanism is improved blood flow and placental attachment, and anti-inflammatory effects of aspirin. The final analysis is still pending on this study, and will be known as the EAGeR trial (The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction).

From: OB.Gyn. News, Susan London

Update on robotic surgery

A study published in JAMA in 2013 compared outcomes of 264,758 women who underwent robotic assisted hysterectomies versus women who had laparoscopic hysterectomies in 441 hospitals between 2007-2010. The researchers found no difference in complication rates, rate of blood transfusions, but did find a large difference in cost. The robotic procedure was found to cost on average one-third more than laparoscopic surgery. The majority of patients went home by 2 days (80% in robot versus 75% in laparoscopic). The cost of robotic surgery was $8868 versus laparoscopic surgery was $6679. Most hysterectomies are prescribed for conditions that are not life-threatening and risks include a loss of sexual responsiveness, depression, chronic constipation and higher risk for osteoporosis and heart disease. In addition, the robotic surgery is and will continue to drive up costs of the health care system in this country.

From New York Times, JAMA, 2013

The importance of folic acid

A new Norweigian study shows a possible link between folic acid supplementation and lower autism and autism-spectrum disorder. The study was published in JAMA in 2013. Folic acid was supplemented from 4 weeks before conception to 8 weeks afterward. Folic acid use during this time period is also know to decrease the risk of central nervous system defects (neural tube defects) in pregnancy and is the reason for universal recommendation for prenatal vitamins prior to and during pregnancy. The recommended supplementation for folic acid in a normal pregnancy is 400 to 800 mcg depending on the source.

From OB.Gyn. News, Mary Ann Moon, ACOG practice bulletin #33

Laser Hair Removal

Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology now does laser hair removal, wrinkle reduction, blemish and skin rejuvenation. Call the office for more information.