Our Office COVID-19 Information

We are updating our guest and Covid-19 policies. 

  • No guests are allowed except for one guest during your ultrasound visit.
  • Children are not allowed in the office.
  • We require masks for all patients, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Failure to follow these policies could result in rescheduling your appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

Protecting your health, and the health of our staff and providers is a priority. We ask that if you are experiencing a fever of 100.4 plus or productive cough to call us at 512-425-3825, Option 3 so that we can determine the best way to meet your medical needs.


See our Childbirth Education Updates HERE.

St. David' Healthcare Visitation Policy Changes & COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

It’s been a year and a half since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Texas. As the virus continues to evolve, and COVID-19 continues to bear down on our community, we have remained steadfast in our resolve to combat it. Below are updates on some important and timely issues related to COVID-19 that we wanted to share with you.

Visitation Policy Changes
Due to a recent legislative mandate (Texas House Bill 2211), we are making changes to our visitation policy to comply with the new law. As of September 1, all patients will be allowed one visitor per day during visiting hours.
• Visiting hours are 5am-8pm
• Visitors must be 18 years of age or older
• Visitors must pass the entrance screening
• Visitors must wear a mask at all times
• Any patient seeking emergency care may have one visitor

One visitor may remain overnight for the following services or circumstances:
• Pediatrics under 18 years old
• NICU
• Laboring mothers
• Patient advocates for elderly, disabled or impaired patients
• Undergoing surgery or a procedure
• End-of-life care

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients, physicians, colleagues and visitors. Universal masking remains in effect and additional PPE may be required. All visitors are required to comply with these policies.

Visitation may be denied if an attending physician determines in-person visitation with the patient may lead to the transmission of an infectious agent that poses a serious community health risk.

COVID-19 Vaccination Booster
After careful consideration of the latest medical data, the FDA recently authorized mRNA COVID-19 booster shots for immunocompromised people. A recommendation for the general population is expected soon. This measure is designed to further protect you from COVID-19 as immunity wanes with time and this virus continues to spread.

As a result, we are actively planning for hospital-based third dose vaccination clinics in late September or early October. These vaccinations will only be available to colleagues who have already received both prior doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. Please remember to verify your vaccination status prior to September 15 through the HCA Healthcare COVID-19 immunization link.

A third shot is now available and recommended for those who are immunocompromised and, therefore, at greater risk of serious, prolonged illness. Immunocompromised colleagues are encouraged to speak with their physician about whether getting an additional dose is appropriate. This helpful link can identify the closest and most convenient location to receive the vaccine.

For now, booster shots are being advised for the mRNA vaccines only, which does not currently include the Johnson & Johnson shot. It is also recommended to receive the same vaccine administered during the prior two dose series.

For the thousands of St. David’s HealthCare colleagues who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, thank you for choosing to protect yourself and the people around you.
Moment of Silence

The Texas Hospital Association is encouraging hospitals throughout the state to observe “five minutes of silence” at noon on Friday, September 3, to honor those impacted by COVID-19. The observance hopes to shine light on the number of people who have died from COVID-19, on healthcare heroes – like you – who have bravely fought the pandemic, and on the importance of taking action to prevent further illness. We encourage you to participate in this time of reflection, honor and remembrance.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our physicians are among the most trusted in Central Texas. The community has trusted us to care for them for decades, and now we’re asking them to trust us about the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage you to watch the below video that features several of our physicians talking about the COVID-19 vaccine, and join us in sharing it with friends and family.

Watch Video Here

Thank you for your tireless work to beat COVID-19. Together, we can move forward and end the pandemic.

Individualized care at
every stage & every age

New Patients Welcome!

512-425-3825

located near Mopac & Parmer
gynecologic consultant to the

UT Women’s Athletic Program

Individualized care at
every stage & every age

New Patients Welcome!

512-425-3825

located near Mopac & Parmer
gynecologic consultant to the

UT Women’s Athletic Program

Natural Beginning Birth Center

Childbirth Preparation

Classes

We are proud to offer an extensive selection of childbirth education, conveniently located at OBGYN North, 12221 Renfert Way, Suite 330, Austin, TX 78758. These classes are facilitated by certified educators.

Due to COVID19, our regularly scheduled in-person classes have been cancelled.

In an effort to provide you with online education, please email realdealbirth@gmail.com for interactive virtual versions of the classes below.

class: PREPARED CHILDBIRTH

When: begin by 32 weeks of pregnancy

Cost: $200 for a four week series

Educators:
Shelley Scotka, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula
Amanda Wyszkowski, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula

Amanda Wyszkowski and Shelley Scotka are ICEA Certified Childbirth Educators, experienced Birth and Postpartum Doulas, & have over 30 years combined experience in the birth field. They strive to create fun, evidence based classes that help parents feel prepared for any birth outcome! They hope to reduce anxiety, increase confidence, and encourage parents to make informed decisions along the way from pregnancy through postpartum.
Description:

This class is perfect for first time parents who need a comprehensive preparation for childbirth. We’ll cover the physiology of labor and delivery, recognizing signs of labor, when to call your care provider, and the normal stages of labor.

We’ll learn and practice with your support person a variety of methods to cope with labor pain including breathing, relaxation, visualizations/meditation, touch and massage, positioning and water therapy. We’ll discuss what happens at the birth both in a hospital and birth center setting.

What if medical interventions become necessary? We’ll look at the possible interventions that are common, and cover the risks and benefits of each, including cesarean birth.

We’ll also review the recovery and postpartum periods, and what to expect for both you and your baby during that time.

class: Labor Skills

When: any time during the third trimester

Cost: $50

Educators:
Shelley Scotka, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula
Amanda Wyszkowski, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula

Description:

This workshop is ideal for those who have birthed before and need a “refresher” or for those who just want to work exclusively on their labor skills with their partner.

We’ll discuss and practice relaxation, breathing, using visualizations/medication, touch and massage, positioning and water therapy. We’ll discuss the importance of the birth environment and creating an “oxytocin friendly” space for your labor.

We’ll give your support person plenty of ideas, tools and suggestions to help you through labor, and review typical “challenging” scenarios during birth and how to get through them..

Suggestions:
  • Book early, as classes fill up quickly.
  • If you are delivering at our Natural Beginning Birth Center, the cost of the Prepared Childbirth & Breastfeeding Classes are included in your fee.  If you do not deliver at the birth center, we will adjust your account accordingly.
  • To schedule a hospital tour, please call 512-478-3627, option 2.

class: PLANNING YOUR VBAC

When: ideal during the second trimester

Cost: $50

Educators:
Shelley Scotka, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula
Amanda Wyszkowski, Certified Childbirth Educator & Birth Doula

Description:

This class is designed for those planning a Vaginal Birth after Cesarean. We’ll discuss the most up to date research on VBAC and review the benefits and risks.

We’ll look at ways to prepare for a successful VBAC both physically and emotionally and offer you and your support person an opportunity to explore the emotions surrounding your previous birth experience.

We’ll review stages of labor and basic comfort measures to get through labor. We’ll talk about hospital protocols and learn what to expect during a VBAC labor.

What if another cesarean becomes necessary? We’ll look at the reasons why a repeat cesarean may become necessary and ways to make that birth family centered.

class: breastfeeding

When: ideal during the third trimester

Cost: $50

Educators:
Stork Maternity Consulting, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Description:

The group atmosphere allows for a fun dynamic while learning the ins and outs of breastfeeding. The instructor will educate you on how to breastfeed your new baby and what you need to be successful, teach you how to troubleshoot common issues, relieve any concerns and fears about breastfeeding and provide insight on what to expect and how to prepare for nursing your new baby.

This class is designed to discuss the benefits of breastfeeding as well as providing useful tips regarding infant feeding cues, positioning, and correct latch.

Dads are welcome and encouraged to attend!

class: NEWBORN PREPARATION & INFANT CPR

When: ideal during the third trimester

Cost: $60

Educators:
Stork Maternity Consulting, Linda Zeccola, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Description:

The first weeks of taking care of your newborn can be mystifying and wonderful, all at the same time. Whether this is your first baby or perhaps it’s been a while since your last was a newborn, this class is perfect for you. 

Join us as we help you learn how to take on this new responsibility with confidence and preparedness. Parents will learn the basics of diapering, bathing, taking a temperature, swaddling, calming a fussy baby, SIDS prevention, when to call your pediatrician and more.

In addition to these topics, you will learn the basics of infant CPR, including the Heimlich maneuver, so you can have confidence in case of an emergency. This class is not a certification.

Additional Information

Our Labor & Delivery Practices

You probably have many questions related to our usual management of labor and delivery. We have put together this list of how we manage normal labor and birth based on our non interventionist philosophy. While these are standard practices for all of our providers, many factors could change the management of your particular situation.

Please take into consideration that these are ideals and complications may change how we approach your specific care.

Natural Ways to Encourage Labor

Your baby will come out when s/he is ready and some just like to take their time. But if an induction date and medical intervention is looming, you might feel like you want to give him/her a gentle nudge.

Doulas in Austin

A doula is a person who accompanies a woman in labor and mothers the mother, taking care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth. A doula also provides support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experiences of birth. A postpartum doula continues that valuable emotional support and guidance, helping a family make a smooth transition into new family dynamics.

OBGYN NORTH

is the practice of:

Maansi Piparia

MD, FACOG

Rebecca Teng

MD, FACOG

Dr. Allie Evans headshot

Allie Evans

MD, FACOG

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