Women with Epilepsy Subspecialty Clinic
UAB Epilepsy Center Women's Subspecialty Clinic
The UAB Epilepsy Center's Women With Epilepsy Subspecialty Clinic was founded in 2007 by one of our epileptologists, Dr. Jennifer DeWolfe. The Women With Epilepsy Clinic addresses specific concerns related to women living with epilepsy. This clinic focuses on family planning, managing seizures during pregnancy, post-partum care, breast feeding, bone health, and post-menopausal seizure related issues.
Patients receive individualized counseling and treatment plans, educational information, and access to national pregnancy registry information. Dr. DeWolfe works closely with the UAB Obstetrical Complication Clinic to provide needed high risk services during pregnancy. Additionally, research opportunities are available to help increase the knowledge of epilepsy management during pregnancy.
The UAB Epilepsy Center welcomes consultations to this clinic to provide specialized treatment for women's issues, including during family planning and/or pregnancy through the post-partum visit with patients returning to their primary neurologist for continued care thereafter. For appointments, call the UAB Neurology Appointment Line at the Kirklin Clinic, 205-996-NEURO.
Thanks to data from clinical trials, national registries, and other research, we are now aware that epilepsy -- along with the medications used to treat it -- impacts women uniquely throughout their adult lives. As a result, women with epilepsy should consider their condition when making important life decisions, such as planning for a baby.
There are tremendous resources out there now that are reliable and up-to-date, such as the Epilepsy Foundation site (epilepsyfoundation.org ) and Epilepsy.com. The American Academy of Neurology's main Web site (aan.com) and patient site (brainmatters.org ) are also excellent resources.
Visit the Epilepsy Foundation site for general epilepsy information as well as for their women's section, which includes an online community and an online magazine called "Between Us".