Routine And High-Risk Obstetric Care Specialist

Premier Women's Health Associates

Board Certified OBGYN located in West Hills, CA

Bringing a child into the world is an exciting and life-changing event for women. Having helped deliver thousands of babies over the course of his career, board-certified OB/GYN Gary Ott, MD, at Premier Women’s Health Associates in West Hills, California, is an expert obstetrician who offers routine and high-risk obstetric care, including postpartum care. To schedule an appointment with the experienced obstetrician, call the office today.

Routine and High-Risk Obstetric Care

What is routine and high-risk obstetric care?

For a healthy pregnancy, whether your pregnancy is routine or high risk, you need early and regular obstetric care. Dr. Ott is an experienced OB/GYN who’s had the pleasure of helping many women through their pregnancies and the delivery of their healthy and happy babies.

During your obstetric care, Dr. Ott has you come to the office regularly so he can monitor you and your baby’s health, track your weight, and discuss any concerns you have. He also performs various tests to screen for health issues. 

Premier Women’s Health Associates is a full-service OB/GYN practice that offers in-office fetal health assessments and sonograms. 

How do I know if my pregnancy is high risk?

Dr. Ott determines if your pregnancy is a high risk while providing obstetric care. Your pregnancy may be considered high risk at the start due to your personal health history or it may progress to high risk if health issues arise for you or your baby during gestation.

Your pregnancy may be considered high risk if:

  • You have a history of diabetes or hypertension
  • You have an STD
  • You develop gestational diabetes or preeclampsia 
  • You’re obese
  • You’re carrying multiple babies

Your pregnancy is also considered high risk of you’re over the age of 35. 

With a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Ott may schedule more frequent visits to the office and additional tests to monitor you and your baby.

What are my childbirth options?

For many women, the birth of their baby is a very personal experience. Dr. Ott offers many childbirth options to meet your specific delivery plan and health needs. Some of the childbirth options Dr. Ott offers include:

Natural vaginal delivery

Natural vaginal delivery means different things for different women. However, for many women, natural vaginal delivery refers to vaginal childbirth without medication.

Cesarean section (C-section)

The C-section refers to the surgical delivery of the baby. Dr. Ott determines if you need a C-section, which may be decided well in advance of your delivery or during your labor due to concerns about you or your baby’s health.

Vaginal delivery with epidural

Vaginal delivery with an epidural is the most common childbirth choice for women. This option allows women to deliver their baby vaginally, but with less pain.

Dr. Ott reviews your childbirth options with you to help you develop a delivery plan that provides you the experience you want.

What happens during postpartum care?

In addition to monitoring your health throughout your pregnancy, Dr. Ott continues to provide postpartum care following the birth of your baby. Postpartum care focuses on your physical and emotional health, and may include:

  • Assistance with breastfeeding
  • Management of afterpain as your uterus shrinks
  • Help with your fluctuating feelings

Many women also experience an increase in urination and night sweats after giving birth, which may lead to increased fluid loss.

For routine and high-risk obstetric care from an experienced OB/GYN, call Premier Women’s Health Associates today.