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About Dr. Craig Bissinger

Craig Bissinger is a highly respected, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. During his twenty-year career, Dr. Bissinger has delivered over 5000 babies and guided thousands of couples through the nine-month adventure of pregnancy. He has a busy obstetrics and gynecology practice in northwest New Jersey.
Dr. Bissinger completed medical school at Ohio State University and his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago where he was selected as the chief resident.

He is a teacher and lecturer, having taught medical students and residents from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harlem Hospital, Roosevelt Hospital and the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, on an ongoing basis as part of his lifelong commitment to training the next generation of doctors.

Dr. Bissinger is a medical expert and frequent contributor to the Fisher-Price website, as well as the past editor and author of numerous articles for Healthology.com’s pregnancy section. He has been a contributor to ABC.com. While waiting for babies to be delivered, Dr. Bissinger has written two as of yet, unpublished medical thrillers, Ill-Conceived and Deadly Medicine.

Here are my most recent posts

OB/GYN on Your Wife’s Anatomy

You are in the doctor’s waiting area and your partner is back in the exam room. You feel kind of weird because you are the only guy there. After all this is a gynecologist office and there aren’t many stray guys hanging out. Mercifully, the nurse calls you back to the exam room. You’re happy to be moving but to the exam room?

 

Your partner and the doctor greet you as you enter the room. Unsure what is going on, you look to your partner for a clue. She is smiling and has a certain strange glow. The doctor introduces himself (or often, herself, though almost 65% of OB/GYNs are men), and your partner makes a similar introduction. Feel free to give the doc a nice hello and a handshake. You might as well get to be friendly with him or her. You are going to be relying upon him for the next nine months.

 

Most doctors have a special seat or spot that is their place. Your place is next to your wife or politely standing by the wall, not peering over the doctor’s shoulder while he does the exam. Listen politely as the doctor goes through the standard introduction.  

 

Often times the doctor or a technician will perform an ultrasound. While watching the image of your new baby, you will suddenly be sucked into fatherhood. Yikes! There is a heartbeat and little appendages wiggling on the black and white screen. Life insurance, 529 college saving plans and a minivan flash in front of your eyes and the dreams of ever driving a two-seater convertible go up in a puff of smoke – you need a four door car!

 

As for questions, let your partner go first and then it is your turn. Most doctors appreciate your involvement and interest. Here are a few questions you can and should ask, if they haven’t already been addressed:

1. Are there any warning signs at all we should be aware of?

2. Are we on schedule for the planned pregnancy date?

3. Does the baby look to be the right size for this date?

4. When would we be able to tell if it’s a boy or a girl?

5. Should we get an amnio (short for amniocentsis)?

6. What happens if your OB/GYN is away when your wife goes into labor?

Good luck!

 

Dr. Craig Bissinger