Women’s Health and Obstetrics

Women’s Health and Obstetrics Department staff

Women’s Health and Obstetrics Department staff

Women’s Health Department Hours

Monday through Friday:  8:45am to 5pm; closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Telephone:  (707) 559-7525

Welcome to Petaluma Health Center’s Women’s Health Department where we provide individualized care to women of all ages and stages of life.  We offer:

Pregnancy Testing
Contraceptive Counseling
Routine Well-Woman GYN visits
Specialty OB/GYN services
Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Prenatal Care

In keeping with our patient-centered model of care, Petaluma Health Center’s Prenatal Program takes a holistic approach to pregnancy and the postpartum period.  With us, you have the option of receiving care from Nurse-Midwives, Family Practice Physicians, and/or an OB/GYN.

Nurse-Midwives specialize in the care of primarily low-risk pregnancies and maintain the focus on pregnancy and birth as a natural, physiologic process.  Midwives specialize on education and emotional preparation for the changes faced during this amazing time in your life.

Family Practice Physicians specialize in care throughout one’s lifespan – from infancy to elder health care.  One of the great benefits of receiving prenatal care from a Family Practice Physician is that your newborn becomes their patient and you can rest assured that your family physician really knows you and your family!  They can also care for your non-pregnancy related medical needs.

OB/GYNs are physicians boarded in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  They care for high-risk pregnancies.  They are available continuously for consultation and are available for any complications that may arise in labor and delivery. They perform Cesarean Sections and also offer VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for women that have had one prior cesarean section and are good candidates for such a procedure.

Prenatal Care Coordinators do all the new patient intakes and will help you develop an individualized plan for your pregnancy.

Perinatal Educators provide six individual and group classes.

Lactation Consultants can meet with you postpartum to assist you with successfully breastfeeding your baby.

All of our families deliver in the wonderful Birth Center at Petaluma Valley Hospital.
A tour of the hospital can be provided during your prenatal care.

Specialty Services

As part of our holistic approach to your prenatal care our patients receive the following specialty services:

  • Nutrition- we have four Registered Dieticians to help you in creating and/or maintaining a healthy diet for your pregnancy and beyond.
  • Breastfeeding Support from a licensed lactation consultant
  • Prenatal Classes- both individual and groups for you and your partner
  • Prenatal and Postpartum fitness classes: Zumba, Yoga, Hip Hop Dance, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong are just some of our classes.  Classes are offered at low or no cost.

Please note:  Private Insurance and Medi-Cal are accepted.  Most non-insured women qualify for a special pregnancy-only Medi-Cal.  Our resource counselor will help you through the application process.

Thank you to Project Linus and the “blanketeers” for donating hand-made blankets for all our new Moms and Dads!

blankets  P1010783