First State Women’s Care: Obstetrics & Gynecology
(top row-left to right): Alexander Kirifides, D.O., Gregory DeMeo, D.O., Gordon Ostrum, M.D. (bottom row-left to right): Stefanie Marshall, D.O., Colleen Riley, C.N.M., Melissa Meredith, C.N.M. (not pictured): Michelle Pietlock, NP-C
First State Women’s Care has provided the highest quality of compassionate care to women of all ages for more than 25 years. Our complete OB/GYN care encompasses all areas of women’s health, from routine and high-risk obstetrics to gynecologic procedures and well-woman examinations.
The physicians, certified midwives and nurse practitioners at First State Women’s Care provide the newest technologies and surgical techniques to patients, including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. For the convenience of our patients, we also offer Bone Density Testing (DEXA), Biophysical Profiles (BPP) and ultrasounds in our office.
Cutting-edge technology enhances our care and services
We are the largest OB/GYN practice in Delaware whose physicians are certified in the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System. This minimally invasive, robotic technology allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside patients' bodies.
This technique offers patients who need hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures a safe and effective treatment when medication and non-invasive procedures are not effective for gynecologic conditions including:
- cervical and uterine cancer,
- uterine fibroids,
- uterine prolapse and menorrhagia
- and excessive bleeding.
By eliminating open surgery, patients can avoid significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process, threats to surrounding organs and nerves, and the anxiety that normally accompanies surgeries with large incisions. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System uses tiny one- to two-centimeter incisions, so our physicians operate with greater precision and control—increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
We offer the MonaLisa Touch system for non-hormonal repair of vaginal atrophy and causes of painful intercourse. Specifically designed for postmenopausal women who are experiencing changes to their gynecologic health, these in-office laser treatments take less than five minutes. The MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue to stimulate a healing response in the vaginal canal, and many patients feel improvement following the first treatment. A typical course of treatment is three five-minute treatments at six-week intervals, and an annual follow-up treatment may be recommended. This gynecologic laser therapy is also beneficial for women experiencing side effects as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments.
Our extensive clinical experience now includes SculpSure, the first FDA-Cleared laser treatment for non-invasive fat reduction of the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, and back, too. This controlled light-based technology is ideal for patients who want to get rid of stubborn fat, and it works on a variety of body types in both men and women. In an average 25-minute session, one state-of-the-art procedure can target multiple areas at once, and there’s no down time.
Aesthetic services and products also include the following:
- laser hair removal,
- laser skin rejuvenation,
- Neuromodulators (Botox® and Xeomin®),
- Voluma XC®,
- Belotero Balance® and
- Elta MD sunscreens.
Our highly qualified team provides personalized attention
Your needs always come first at First State Women’s Care. We know that every woman is unique, and our team of board-certified physicians, midwives and nurse practitioners is fully prepared to meet your needs through all life stages, from adolescence through menopause.
Many of our physicians have been named “Top Doctors” by Delaware Today Magazine throughout the past decade. In addition to the physicians in our practice, our certified nurse midwives and nurse practitioners offer obstetric and gynecologic services to healthy women throughout their childbearing and early menopausal years. These services include prenatal care and delivery, well-woman gynecologic exams, Pap smear screenings, HPV vaccinations, family planning, birth control, and screenings and treatments for STDs and vaginitis.
Prior to your first appointment, please complete our Patient Registration or OB Patient Registration form, Medical History form and Office & Financial Policies form. (Once you become our patient, we ask that you update these forms annually so we always have your most current information available.) We accept most insurance plans. If you have any questions, just give us a call.
First State Women’s Care serves patients from two offices in Newark, Del., and one office in Woodstown, N.J. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our website, or call 302-454-9800 or 856-769-3348.