Dr. Clay Talks to CCX Media about Pregnancy During the Pandemic11.30.2020
CCX Media, Northwest Community Television serving the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, recently talked to Dr. David Clay and one of our patients talking about what it's like to have a baby during the COVID-19 era. You can see the story here.
Crimson Kits COVID-19 Edition11.17.2020
For the past three years, Clinic Sofia has hosted the Crimson Kit Collection Drive to gather period products for area women experiencing homelessness or displacement due to domestic violence. Due to COVID-19, we have to switch things up this year. While we won’t be accepting product donations at our clinic locations, we have created a Go Fund Me page to collect financial contributions that will go to support Haven Housing—a wonderful local organization that provides women in crisis or transition with housing and resources to put them on the path to independence, stability and wellness. We hope you will check it out and consider making a donation if you can. Thank you for your support. Learn more here.
Dr. Stevens talks with with Bustle about breast self-exams10.20.2020
Dr. Erin Stevens recently spoke with Bustle, an online magazine, for an article that explores breast self-exams and why they aren't actually recommended anymore. “Unfortunately, breast self-exams haven’t been shown to be particularly helpful — with no change in breast cancer survival rates — and may be harmful,” she says. The article goes on to talk about how the thinking on self-exams has evolved and the importance of breast self-awareness. Dr. Stevens says, “instead of promoting this really intensive examination regimen, it's better to simply try to be in tune with your own body, having a general idea on the baseline look and feel of your breasts. It's not uncommon for people to have breasts that are ‘lumpy-bumpy,’ unequal in size, or changing in texture through various times of the month.” Read the complete article here.
An Update to Our Visitor Policy09.23.2020
As Clinic Sofia remains committed to providing the safest environment possible for staff and patients, we also acknowledge that the restrictions on visitors have been challenging for some of our pregnant and post-partum patients. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we will now allow visitors to some appointments as specified below. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.
Visitor policy updates:One support person over the age of 18 is permitted to attend the following visit types: a) 1st trimester ultrasound appointments and b) 20-week (Complete) ultrasound appointment. For post-partum appointments (up to 6-weeks post-partum), patients are permitted to bring their infant if childcare cannot be arranged. For all other appointments, Clinic Sofia still requires that patients come alone to their visits. This includes no children, including infants. We normally have video restrictions during exams and ultrasounds, but we are lifting this restriction if you would like to Facetime/Videoconference your partner during your appointment.
When you arrive at the clinic:For patients with appointments at our Edina location, your support person may enter the clinic at the same time as you. For patients with appointments at our Maple Grove location, due to the size of our waiting room, please enter the clinic like normal to check in for your appointment, but have your support person wait in the car until your name is called by our Medical Assistant. At that time, please call your support person to enter the clinic to accompany you to your visit.
Read Jennifer Knapp's Recent Article on Mental Health09.22.2020
There is a lot happening the world today so it’s no wonder many of us are experiencing increased anxiety, stress and depression. Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Knapp recently contributed a column to Minnesota Parent about the importance of paying attention to our mental health during these challenging times. You can check it out in the current issue of the magazine on newsstands now or via this link.
Update on Upcoming Appointments06.23.2020
At Clinic Sofia, we are closely monitoring ongoing developments related to COVID-19, and we take the safety and well-being of our patients and employees very seriously. The following information will help you prepare for your next visit to the clinic. In an effort to keep everyone safe, we are asking patients experiencing any of the common flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to reschedule appointments. If you answer yes to any of the following questions, please call us to reschedule your appointment or speak with a nurse:
Questions you will be asked:
- 1. Have you or a person near you had a fever in the last 24 hours?
- 2. Have you had any respiratory or flulike symptoms (cough, body aches, sore throat) in the last 24 hours?
- 3. Have you traveled on an airplane, bus or train in the last 14 days?
- 4. Have you or anyone near you recently been tested for any respiratory infections including CoVid-19?
- 5. Have you gathered in a large group in the last 14 days? (If yes, please consider if proper social distancing and masking was followed at the gathering before deciding to come to your appointment)