Rx Compassion
The driving force for Cesarean health

Why should you care?
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Rx Compassion is the dedicated nonprofit arm of Compassionate OB-GYN Care.

Dr. Antoine's practice and passion for improving women’s reproductive health have paved the path to creating Rx Compassion, Inc.

Through the groundbreaking development of innovative surgical techniques and an unwavering commitment to exceptional patient care, Dr. Antoine has dramatically improved outcomes in obstetric health and decreased the incidence of cesarean-section-associated placenta accreta (PA), other maternal health complications and long-term post-cesarean adverse effects.

 
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Risks Associated with C-Section

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Currently, 1 out of 3 women deliver by cesarean in the US alone.

The increasing complication rate of cesarean deliveries and the ability to perform repeat c-sections create a parallel increase in severe maternal morbidities and mortalities.

Every pregnant or pregnant-to-be woman deserves to know the incidence of cesarean birth and the risks associated with C-section. The manifestations of these short or long-term consequences can be observed for many years after the cesarean delivery and can lead to severe maternal complications during a subsequent pregnancy or lead to unhealthy conditions affecting quality of life and often requiring intensive interventions.

 

At present, providers, patients, and other stakeholders view these complications as related to the nature of the cesarean operation and truly little research exists to explore whether “technical or other factors” may influence these outcomes. While both providers and patients may be aware of these complications, they are often not discussed before the indication and need for a cesarean delivery arises.

Severe complications in subsequent pregnancies after a prior C-section include:

  • Placenta Accreta Spectrum

  • Cesarean Scar Pregnancy

  • Uterine Rupture

In non-pregnant women, these complications often presented after a prior cesarean delivery include:

  • Uterine Scar Defect

  • Abdominal And Pelvic Adhesions

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain

  • Irregular Bleeding

  • Painful Sexual Intercourse

  • Painful Menses

  • Infertility

 

Patient & Family Resources

Recommended Questions for Your Physician:

  • What are the short and/or long-term complications for C-section?

  • What techniques does your Doctor use to close the uterus, double or single-layer closure?

  • What, if any, particular techniques does your Doctor use to prevent "placenta accreta" or “adhesion formation.”
    If not, inquire if they know of any published technique?

  • Am I eligible for "vaginal birth after C-section" (VBAC)?

  • How many C-sections can a patient safely have if she doesn`t succeed with a VBAC?

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Compassion is the Essential Recipe For Healing In Medicine

Why the name Rx Compassion?

When we were carefully considering the name for our nonprofit organization, we were clear we wanted a name with meaning, mindfulness and significance.

Rx customarily stands for “medical prescription” or a doctor`s prescription. Historically, the “R” in Rx stands for the Latin word recipe literally meaning “Take, thou”. Rx was first used in the 1500s to describe medicinal preparation by apothecaries. The altered R in “℞ “, signals that it is an abbreviation for Latin recipe. The word “recipe” began to be applied to cooking in the 18th century.

The caduceus

is used in the United States as a symbol of medical practice. It contains the traditional medical symbol, the Rod of Asclepius, which takes its name from the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicinal arts in Greek mythology.

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Compassion

is used in the logo and valued as an essential constituent of care. Physicians and patients alike consider it as important as science in the healing process.

Recognizing Exemplary Compassionate Care

The Clarel Antoine Humanism Award

In order to recognize and advocate for compassionate care in the medical field, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Health annually selects one or more residents to receive the Clarel Antoine Humanism Award, one of the two highest distinctions awarded upon graduation. The award is presented to the graduating chief resident who stands out among his or her peers as an exemplar of humanism in medicine. This resident is a model of outstanding patient-centered care, empathy, professionalism and support for his or her colleagues.  

Promoting Compassionate Care in the Medical Field

The Compassionate Care Center Proposal

In 2008-2009, Rx Compassion, Inc. created a proposal for a comprehensive program for a Compassionate Care Center at medical institutions. The proposed mission of the Compassionate Care Center (CCC) is “that all patients and visitors at a Medical Center be greeted and treated with compassionate care by every single member of the hospital staff.” The goals of the mission are an integral part of the patient-centered culture of Dr. Antoine's practice.