Our Collaborative Practice

Choosing St. Joseph Health OB/GYN as your provider means that you have the benefit of having a variety of choices of providers who work together to ensure a comprehensive approach to your women’s health care needs. Our providers share a common goal of offering a compassionate evidence based approach to women’s health.

Physicians

Our physicians have attended 4 years of medical school and 4 years of an OB/GYN residency. They are specialists in the medical and surgical treatment of women. They provide oversight for the nurse midwives and nurse practitioner and are always available for consultation for more advanced conditions.

Nurse Midwives

Our nurse midwives are registered nurses with graduate education in midwifery. They have passed the national certification exam. The midwives provide care for women during their lifespan, from puberty through menopause. Midwifery care is grounded in a deep understanding of the normal, natural events in a woman’s lifespan. With respect to pregnancy and birth, our focus is on supporting birth as a natural process, allowing the time and space for “Birth to Happen.” Interventions are available if needed and preferred by the patient, however, most low risk births are completed with few interventions. Consultation and referral to our physician colleagues is always an option for high risk conditions.

Hospitals and Affiliations

We offer state-of-the-art services through our affiliation with St. Joseph Health, and the leading hospitals in our communities including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital.

In addition, our relationship with St. Joseph Health and its affiliated hospitals ensure the perfect setting for your baby’s birth. St. Joseph Hospitals in Northern California are Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Hospital in Sonoma County, Queen of the Valley in Napa, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood Memorial in Fortuna.

Our Hospitals

No matter what time of day you go into labor, there will always be a team of delivery experts on hand at our hospitals to ensure you get the care you need in any birthing situation

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At St. Joseph Health Medical Group, we are known for our family-centered maternity services. These services ensure that the most important people in you and your baby’s life are a part of the process. To help you prepare for the big day schedule a tour at one of our affiliated hospitals:

  • Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital - (707) 522-1544
  • Petaluma Valley Hospital - (707) 778-1111
  • Queen of the Valley - (707) 252-4411 virtual tour
  • St. Joseph Hospital- Eureka - (877) 449-3627.
  • Redwood Memorial Hospital - (707) 725-3361 ext. 2560

Our Hospitals

Petaluma Valley Hospital

Queen of Valley Medical Center

With over 50 years of proven excellence and reliability in the maternal and fetal service area of medical practice, our community trusts our hospital to deliver the next generation, bringing precious newborns into the world in the most safe, cleanly, peaceful, and secure environment possible. The Maternal & Infant Care Center features:

  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist available 24 hours
  • Trial of Labor after previous cesarean delivery
  • 2 operating/cesarean rooms right in the care center
  • 10 large private birthing suites with sleeper chairs for dads or other family members
  • 5 labor rooms
  • Expanded baby nursery
  • 3-bed outpatient/triage area
  • Lactation room
  • Ability to bring in private jacuzzi birthing tub.

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Redwood Memorial Hospital

The New Beginnings Maternity Center at Redwood Memorial Hospital offers the highest-quality patient care for women and their families with our family-centered maternity services for mothers-to-be and other expectant mothers.

  • Our patients can choose between services, including labor, delivery, and recovery in one of our comfortable, home-like rooms. We even offer the choice of keeping your friends or family right at your side.
  • With the help of a physician and a midwife, you can decide how you want to deliver your baby, the environment in which you want to give birth, and how much you want your family and friends to participate in the experience with you.
  • You can also choose how you wish to care for your baby after delivery.
  • We have specialized security equipment and protocols that provide safety to newborns, pediatric patients, and mothers.

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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

The staff in our Family Birth Centers treat every new mother, her baby and her family with individualized care and offer the following:

  • Our level III Intensive Care Nursery is highly skilled in caring for a variety of health needs for our smallest patients.
  • Additionally, the USCF Intensive Care Nursery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has been designated a Community Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) by California Children’s Services (CCS) for their ability to provide outstanding care to fragile, critically ill newborns.
  • As a designated Community NICU, Santa Rosa memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Nursery offers the highest level of care in the North Bay Area.

St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka

Whether it is your first child or a sibling to your other children, having a baby is a very special time for you and your family. To provide the best maternity care in Humboldt County and surrounding areas we have the following services:

St. Joseph Hospital Eureka partners with local “laborists” - obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives who work in labor and delivery - for the Center for Women's Health Care and Eureka OB/GYN providers. A provider is at the hospital 24 hours a day to examine patients, evaluate the progress of labor, react to laboratory abnormalities, and provide a safe delivery.

  • We have certified nurse-midwives with expertise and skills in supporting women to maintain healthy pregnancies and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period.
  • We’ve dedicated an entire floor of our new patient care wing solely to offering women a full range of birthing options. You can labor, deliver, recover and stay in one of our cozy, homelike rooms with friends and family by your side.
  • St. Joseph Health's Humboldt County hospital network also boasts the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on the north coast, with neonatal teams available 24 hours a day.

Take comfort in knowing that we are always on hand and ready to provide you with the best available maternity services in the county.

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Procedures Performed

Non-stress Testing

This test is done to evaluate your baby’s condition, including movement and heartbeat. It’s often the first picture of your baby.

OB Ultrasound

This is the use of sound waves to produce a picture of the baby in the mother’s uterus.

Conditions Treated

Gestational Diabetes

This develops during pregnancy (gestation) and causes blood sugar levels to be too high.

High-risk Pregnancy

Some women may have an increased risk that can threaten their pregnancy. Our physicians have the expertise to monitor and manage these conditions.

Multiple Births

This may cause preterm labor and delivery as well as low birth weight, preeclampsia, gestational high blood pressure and other complications.

Postpartum Depression

This is depression after childbirth caused by hormonal changes, psychological adjustment and fatigue.

Preeclampsia

This complication is characterized by high blood pressure, kidney damage and other problems.

Additional Services

Breastfeeding Support

There are often many questions about breastfeeding, especially for first time mothers, such as breastfeeding positions and the use of a breast pump.

24-hour Neonatal Support

In the first 24-hours our physicians monitor your baby’s health.

Pre-conception Counseling

This is planning prior to becoming pregnant. This gives mothers-to-be the education, resources and peace of mind they need for a healthy pregnancy and outcome.

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