Considering having a baby?
Our experienced team of physicians, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners deliver comprehensive, compassionate preconception, pregnancy, and post-partum care to our patients and their families in a comfortable environment close to home.
Planning for a pregnancy can be an exciting and stressful time. Our team of professionals at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center excels at maximizing you and your baby’s health and helping you achieve the most of your experience throughout the process of giving the gift of life.
When women and their families are thinking about having a baby, we encourage women to begin making healthy lifestyle changes one full year prior to trying to get pregnant. This process improves the chances of becoming pregnant soon after beginning to try, and prepares a woman’s body to provide the best environment for her infant.
Taking steps to prepare mentally both as an individual and as a family is also a very important part of the preconception process. Discuss your expectations and concerns with your partner, family and close friends to increase your support. Plan with your partner and employers how to provide childcare once the baby is born, and make appropriate financial adjustments to prepare for expected and unforeseen costs associated with childrearing.
If you are considering having a baby, schedule an appointment with your physician or certified nurse midwife today to receive expert guidance from the start.
Topics to discuss with your physician prior to becoming pregnant include:
- Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine use
- Birth control
- Diet and exercise
- Environmental concerns
- Family histories and genetics
- Medical problems/concerns
- Medications and vitamins
Read “Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care” (PDF) to view frequently asked questions about preconception from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
If you experience difficulty with one or more of these issues, NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center is here to help.
NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center
500 Doyle Park, Suite 103
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
- Shazah Khawaja, MD, practice director, obstetrician & gynecologist
- Erin MacDonald, MD, obstetrician & gynecologist
- Cecelia Rondou, CNM, midwife
- Suzanne Saunders, CNM, midwife
- Kirsten Eckert, CNM, WHNP, midwife