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Caring for a full reproductive life

Dr. Mary Jane Davis, MD has been working in obstetrics and gynecology in Bend since 1991, working with some incarnation of the East Cascade Women's Group for most of those 23 years. Her commitment and belief in providing care with compassion for women through the ups and downs of their reproductive lives has made her a highly recommended physician locally. She brings a passion to her career that transfers directly to her patient care.

SW: What drew you to your field?

Choosing OB was its own kind of journey. The babies are the fun part, the surgery part is very interesting and the continuity working with somebody through a big chunk of their reproductive years is really satisfying. There are a lot of women in our practice that I've provided care to for 20 years. It's the opposite of an urgent care or emergency room job. It's much more about continuity.

SW: What is your favorite thing about the work you do?

I get to kind of stand by for some of the most important phases of peoples' lives. If you have a young teen that is having terrible menstrual cycles, at that age you're helping them regain their social status so they're not out of commission.

In their 20s, women can be going though having babies and that can be fun, but when you go through miscarriages or bad loss situations, that calls on a different level of compassion. Sometimes the harder parts are the more rewarding parts. People say, 'You get to deliver babies, that must be so much fun,' but it's complicated. Healthy babies are the easier part. The older I get the more I enjoy the complexities. I'm in my 50s and am starting to relate to women going through menopause, women who have breast cancer and what you should do, people my age are loosing parents and learning how to deal with the grief that goes along with that. It is all an interesting journey.

SW: What do you, and East Cascades Women's Group, do differently that set you apart from other physicians?

I think that we are compassionate. If you're listening people have a lot of need to be heard. I think that we work really hard to have an evidence-based style of practice. Staying current can require a bit of effort, but we strive for that. We have a mix of ages of providers. Folks that have more seasoning or more youth, and we have one physician that does a lot of robotics work for patients that want surgery done with robotics. I think we all have kept our vaginal surgery skills intact, a lot of places have gotten so used to do everything microscopically that they've forgotten how to do it any other way. On a national level it's become a problem. It's a skill that gynecologists have lost. I also think we're down to earth.

SW: Do you have two or three winter wellness tips?

You have to put a little more work to keep your activity level high. I just came back form a walk and it's 48 degrees out and grey and it rained last night. It's less motivating in the winter, but you still have to stay active. Folks who don't downhill ski can get sort of sedentary if they don't have a gym membership, but it's cheap to go for a brisk walk with a headlamp. It doesn't matter how short the days are, you haven't extended workday, just lost a few hours of daylight.

Another piece in terms of medication—and I'm not a big supplement person, I think if you eat healthy most things fall in place—we are too far north, people in Central Oregon who don't take supplements are vitamin D deficient. Just a simple 2000 IU vitamin D per day helps your bone density.

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