Welcome to our new blog series, Meet our OBs. We hope you can get to know our physicians on a more personal level so that you can choose the best fit for you and your family.
Dr. Snell-Hargrove graduated from Prairie View A&M University, and then attended medical school at Michigan State University. She completed her residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan. She is a wife and mom of two young children.
Dr. Snell-Hargrove – why did you become a doctor, and more specifically, why did you choose obstetrics?
I fell in love with the idea of delivering babies when I was 11 years old. At that age, I knew that by becoming a doctor I would be able to deliver babies, but I did not have an understanding of all that came along with it.
While going through medical school I was exposed to many career opportunities, but I never found anything that excited me more than obstetrics. To see the excitement in the eyes of a mother as she is blessed with the opportunity to deliver one of her greatest accomplishments brings me joy. I also love to see the tears of joy that a father sheds as he holds that tiny part of them for the first time.
What’s your best advice for someone who’s thinking about becoming pregnant?
Start your prenatal vitamins early. Some people don’t realize they are pregnant until they are out of their first trimester. Pregnancy itself is stressful enough, don’t add to the problem by prematurely worrying if it is an accomplishable task for you. If you have a regular monthly cycle, it is possible to achieve pregnancy pending all other factors are normal.
What is your best encouragement for someone who is having trouble conceiving?
Relax. The more you try to say you will be pregnant by a certain day and time, the more the task seems to discourage and frustrate you. Discuss your timing with your physician. Other tests may be required, sometimes it is the subfertile female that shows the infertile male.
What is one thing you wish every expecting mom would do/know?
Early prenatal care is optimal. Enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
What kind of reassurance can you provide to first-time moms-to-be?
Don’t believe everything you read. Trust that your doctor will do their very best for you to have a healthy mom and healthy baby.
How has having children influenced the way you practice medicine or interact with your patients?
I feel that I am more compassionate when it comes to the discomforts of pregnancy. I will continue to be understanding about the idea that every pregnancy is different. How you react to the changes that are taking place makes all the difference in the world.
What new advancements in technology or medication are you most excited about?
I am most excited about minimally invasive surgical technology. It is amazing that I get to be a part of this innovative field of medicine. People are able to go home from the hospital in a shorter amount of time and recover much quicker.
For more information on Dr. Snell-Hargrove
or to make an appointment, visit her profile on the North Hills Hospital website.