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Home | Doctors & Services | Services & Centers | Women's Health | The Women's Center at Presbyterian

The Women's Center at Presbyterian

Designed with you in mind, the Women’s Center at Presbyterian is New Mexico's resource for a lifetime of comprehensive OB/GYN care and support services, certified nurse-midwives and certified birth doulas, as well as classes and support groups. Our team of Presbyterian Medical Group doctors and specialists are dedicated to improving the health of women of all ages, from the first well-woman visit to pregnancy and beyond. We look forward to serving you with state-of-the-art obstetrical and gynecological care within our reassuring and private atmosphere.

Specializing in Your Good Health

We are committed to keeping pace with the latest medical and technical advances in women's health, so that we may provide exceptional care at every stage of your life. We specialize in pregnancy, birth, and early parenting experiences. Our teams of experts from a wide-range of medical specialties value the unique nature of each woman's life experiences and are committed to your personal comfort, well-being and satisfaction.

Specialties & Services

OB/GYN

Pregnancy, well women exams, Pap tests, family planning and contraception, reproductive medicine, breast exams, infertility, menstrual and hormonal disorders, pelvic disorders, menopausal issues, and more.

Nurse-Midwives

Annual exams, birth control planning, breathing technique training, breastfeeding support, health planning, physical and emotional labor support, prenatal care, and more.

Doula Services

Advocacy, breathing technique training, physical, emotional, and informational labor support, massage and other non-medical pain-relief, and more.

Breastfeeding Services

Groups and classes, inpatient consultations, prenatal breastfeeding preparation, guidance through problems and concerns, and more.

Other Support Services

Baby Basics and Beyond Class, Breastfeeding Class, Basic Infant CPR Class, Cesarean Section Class, Infant Massage Class, Maternity Tour of Presbyterian Hospital, Prep for Birthing Class, and more.

Free Weekly Email for Expectant & New Parents

Our weekly pregnancy and expectant parenting emails will help guide you through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and into your baby's infancy. This free service includes information, news, and resources—as well as announcements from our parent education staff, access to hospital classes, and tour information—all delivered to your inbox.
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For more information about the Women's Center at Presbyterian, call 505-563-6500.

Improving the Health of Women through Every Stage

OB/GYN Services

The OB/GYN providers of Presbyterian Medical Group provide excellent treatment and care for patients with normal and high-risk pregnancies, and expertly address a wide range of gynecologic and women's health concerns. Our providers' expertise coupled with our state-of-the-art technology helps us provide you with the best clinical care possible for every stage of your life.

Getting Started with a Presbyterian Medical Group OB/GYN

To make an appointment, please give your clinic of choice a call. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our availability for well-women exams fills up quickly, so please call early to schedule these appointments. If you need to cancel an appointment, please provide 24-hour notification.

We always do our best to keep appointment times as scheduled. However, in obstetrics and gynecology, emergency situations do arise. We sincerely appreciate your understanding when we must reschedule or delays occur.

When Your Provider is Away

Although each provider has his/her own patients, we are a team of associates you can trust. If you have a situation that requires immediate attention and your provider is not available, the provider on call will be notified to care for you.

Have a Question or Concern?

Except during an emergency, our receptionist will take your information and route it to a triage nurse, who will call you back as soon as possible. Please provide as much information as possible and the best number to call you back so that we may best respond to your needs. If you have a problem, question, or concern and it is after hours, our answering service will page the on-call provider and he/she will call you back.

Requesting a Prescription Refill

If you need a prescription refilled, please contact your pharmacy and they will notify us of your request. Please allow three business days for routine prescription refill requests. If you have not visited our office in the past year, we ask that you schedule an appointment with your provider prior to requesting a prescription.

Medical Records

Upon joining our practice, you'll be asked to obtain your previous medical records so that we may provide the best medical care possible. In relevant situations, we may postpone appointments until your medical records have arrived.

If you need to send your records to another provider, we're happy to provide these documents pending the signing of a release form. Please call your provider to request a release form and inquire about any associated fees. Once complete, please allow 10 to 14 days for your records to be mailed out.

Emergencies

For true emergencies, always call 911. If you have a problem, question, or concern and it is after hours, our answering service will page the on-call provider and he/she will call you back.

Delivering What Matters Most

Certified Nurse-Midwives

The Presbyterian Medical Group certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) provide care to women throughout life, including prenatal care, birth, care after child delivery, and annual exams including Pap tests, birth control planning, menopause, and health counseling. Our CNMs have advanced training, master's degrees, and many are certified family nurse practitioners.

Our team of midwives, obstetricians and gynecologists maintain a close, respectful working relationship to offer the most comprehensive treatment to our patients. We specialize in low-risk pregnancy care and believe that a team approach provides the safest possible environment for health care. With 24-hour on-site availability, collaboration and referral is immediate should a medical complication arise that requires physician expertise. We welcome over 750 babies into the world each year and look forward to meeting you.

Benefits of Choosing a Certified Nurse-Midwife

The philosophical foundation of midwifery care is based on protecting, supporting, and enhancing the normal process of birth. The Presbyterian Medical Group Nurse-Midwives have a deep respect for the natural process of pregnancy and birth and specialize in the care of low-risk women during pregnancy and delivery. Research demonstrates that having a midwife can result in shorter labors, less need for pain medication and epidurals, less need for oxytocin to stimulate labor, fewer cesarean births, greater satisfaction with the birth experience, a greater sense of comfort with the parenting role, and more success with breastfeeding.

Getting Started with a Presbyterian Medical Group Certified Nurse-Midwife

Care is generally started around 10 weeks of pregnancy. Visits are scheduled every four weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy, and then visits move to every two weeks. During the last month of pregnancy your visits will be scheduled weekly until delivery.

To make an appointment, please give your clinic of choice a call. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our availability for well-women exams fills up quickly, so please call early to schedule these appointments. If you need to cancel an appointment, please provide 24-hour notification.

Emergencies

For true emergencies, always call 911. If you have a problem, question, or concern and it is after hours, our answering service will page an on-call midwife. If you think you are in labor, please call your primary midwife.

The Support You Need, the Care You Trust

Certified Birth Doulas

Presbyterian Medical Group's certified birth doulas are trained labor support specialists skilled in providing a constant, calm, and reassuring presence throughout the birth experience. Our certified birth doulas provide emotional and physical support as well as prenatal, postpartum and breastfeeding support. They have completed professional training, giving them the knowledge and skills necessary to provide women and their partners with high quality information and personalized care.

Benefits of Choosing a Doula

In addition to providing constant emotional and physical support, scientific studies indicate that a doula's presence during labor and birth improves birth outcomes as well as the transition to parenthood. Research demonstrates that having a doula can result in shorter labors, less need for pain medication and epidurals, less need for oxytocin to stimulate labor, fewer cesarean births, greater satisfaction with the birth experience, a greater sense of comfort with the parenting role, and more success with breastfeeding.

Who is Eligible for Doula Services?

Doula services are available to everyone, though health insurance companies do not cover the cost of labor support by doulas. Discounted fees are available for Presbyterian employees, Presbyterian Salud members, military families, and specific income situations. Doula services will be provided as a courtesy if baby's military father is deployed and cannot be present at the birth. Special fees apply for mothers having a planned cesarean birth and those requesting in-home doula postpartum services. Please call about our pre-arranged services and fees at 505-563-6500.

Meet Your Doula at the Next Doula Tea

Interested in doula services? Join us at our monthly Doula Tea to learn more and have all your questions answered. To register for the next complimentary Doula Tea, please call 505-563-6500.

Empowering You with the Tools for Success

Whether you're in the hospital or at home with your new baby, breastfeeding support is always just a phone call away with Presbyterian Breastfeeding Support Services. Staffed by internationally board certified registered nurse lactation consultants, our comprehensive program meets the needs of nursing mothers before birth, during the hospital stay, and after everyone is home.

Services and Support

Inpatient Breastfeeding Support

Upon request, a lactation consultant will visit you in the hospital and provide complimentary breastfeeding support and guidance. To arrange this service, simply let your nurse know and we'll happily arrange a consultation.

Outpatient Lactation Consultations

Clinic visits are a prenatal and postpartum resource available upon request, or when specified by your doctor. Please check with your insurance provider regarding coverage restrictions and call 505-841-1773 to schedule a consultation.

Breastfeeding Warm Line

Once home, you're never more than a phone call away from a trusted lactation consultant. Our Breastfeeding Warm Line is a complimentary service you can turn to with breastfeeding questions or concerns. Calls are answered Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 505-841-1773. For urgent questions or concerns after hours, please call your baby's doctor.

Breastfeeding Classes & Support Groups

Our support groups and classes for mothers after their baby is born, include Breastfeeding Mom's Support Group, Breastfeeding and Returning to Work, and Breastfeeding Multiples. Click here to view the complete list of class-offerings.

Supporting You Every Step of the Way

From preparing for labor to infant CPR to preparing siblings for their new family member's arrival, we offer a wide array of classes designed to prepare families for success. View the 2013 Class Schedule for class descriptions, including dates, locations, and costs.

2014 Schedule for Presbyterian Prenatal Classes

To register for a class, please fill out the online registration form or call 505-563-6501.

  • Baby Basics and Beyond
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Jr. (3-5 Years Old)
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Sr. (6-9 Years Old)
  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Breastfeeding and Introduction to Solid Foods
  • Breastfeeding and Weaning
  • Breastfeeding Moms Workshop
  • Basic Infant CPR
  • Cesarean Section Class
  • Doula Tea
  • Infant Massage
  • Maternity Tour of Presbyterian Hospital
  • Maternity Tour of Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
  • Prep for Birthing for Ages 21 and Under
  • Prep for Birthing Over Age 30
  • Prep for Birthing – Accelerated Presbyterian Rust Medical Center
  • Prep for Birthing – Presbyterian Hospital
  • Prep for Birthing, 4-Week Series
  • Prep for Birthing – Accelerated Presbyterian Hospital
  • Birthing Refresher
  • Prenatal/Postpartum Fitness Classes may also be available through the Presbyterian Healthplex.

PRESious Beginnings Perinatal Case Management Program

PRESious Beginnings is a perinatal nurse case management program committed to healthy babies and birthing outcomes. Premature births (those occurring before 37 weeks) and low birth-weight (less than 5.5 pounds) are a major problem nationwide. PRESious Beginnings works to prevent pre-term labor by identifying and overcoming risks.

PRESious Beginnings provides:

  • Guidance, education, and support for pregnant mothers
  • Early pregnancy risk screening for pre-term birth risk factors such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, excessive vomiting, history or pre-term birth, etc.
  • Nurse availability in many Presbyterian obstetrical clinics
  • Referrals to prenatal education classes, doula services, and community services for identified client needs
  • Presumptive Eligibility (PE) and Medicaid Application Assistance (MOSAA)

PRESious Beginnings educational materials available to women and their families:

  • Books, handouts, and DVDs
  • General pregnancy information
  • Risk-factor specific pregnancy information
  • Post-partum materials
  • Infant development information
  • Nurses to answer the many questions that expectant moms have

Our case managers are highly skilled registered nurses, committed to increasing the gestational age and birth weight of newborn infants, and reducing the number of babies admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). By working to overcome risks early in a woman's pregnancy, our team proactively facilitates safe prenatal care and helps prevent premature births.

Nurse Case Managers:

  • Identify early signs of complications and educate women about when to report symptoms to their healthcare provider
  • Provide care for pregnant women, starting early in pregnancy and continuing through the post-partum period
  • Provide increased nursing support, answering questions and addressing concerns throughout one's pregnancy
  • Are a resource for pregnancy information between provider appointments
  • Conduct universal risk assessment screenings for all PRESious Beginnings clients
  • Meet the educational needs of pregnant women
  • Provide referrals to resources within the community and at the hospital for needed services

What is the Risk-Screening Process?

Highly trained registered nurses assess medical, environmental, psychological, socioeconomic, and lifestyle circumstances. From there, an assessment of pregnancy risk factors is made based on the guidelines established by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Who is Eligible?

Assessment and case management services are available for Presbyterian Salud members and Presbyterian Health Plan members residing in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties. Services are conducted via telephone and available in-person at many obstetric clinics. To learn more about PRESious Beginnings or to schedule an assessment, please call 505-563-6306.