This is the second post in our 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. Safely graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston, and then completed his internship and residency at John Peter Smith Hospital. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has a particular interest in pelvic prolapse, minimally invasive surgery, and general OB/Gyn healthcare.
Dr. Safely has been happily married for more than 25 years and has two children. When he’s not delivering babies, he’s an avid tennis player and enjoys working on old cars.
Dr. Safely – why did you get into medicine, and in particular, obstetrics?
I love the family aspect of caring for pregnant women. My desire is to help people while integrating my passion and interest in science.
What’s your best advice for someone who’s thinking about becoming pregnant?
Don’t stress. Conception will usually occur within 6-12 months; some patients may take a bit longer.
What is your best encouragement for someone who is having trouble conceiving?
We personally experienced a miscarriage between our two children. I can relate to the stresses of infertility and pregnancy loss. I try to provide the information needed to guide patients through the maze associated with infertility.
What is one thing you wish every expecting mom would do/know?
My desire is for every women to have an uncomplicated pregnancy and uneventful/memorable delivery. I feel that this starts before pregnancy with eating right and getting regular exercise, managing stress and getting an adequate amount of sleep. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, of course.
What kind of reassurance can you provide to first-time moms-to-be?
I am there to provide education and spend time carefully answering their concerns or fears.
How has having children influenced the way you practice medicine or interact with your patients?
Since I have a college student and a near junior in high school, I feel I can offer a bit of experience and perspective to the younger pregnant patient as well as the maturity to our older gynecology patients who may be encountering surgery for the first time.
What new advancements in technology or medication are you most excited about?
Robotics definitely gives us a degree of precision in surgery that is unprecedented. It does not replace the basic skills needed to perform certain surgeries, however, it expends the scope of procedures that can be finished using 1/2 inch incisions or smaller, enabling quicker patient recoveries.