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.

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every stage & every age

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512-425-3825

located near Mopac & Parmer
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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

Cesarean Section or C-section

What is a Cesarean Section?

Cesarean section is the surgical delivery of an infant through incisions in the uterus and abdomen. Cesarean section is performed with anesthesia – spinal, epidural, or general. It is often necessary in the setting of breech presentation (butt down) or the inability of an infant to tolerate labor. Sometimes labor does not progress normally, and despite all efforts to correct that obstacle, a C-section is necessary to safely bring the infant into this world. Other C-sections are done for twins or triplets, but most twins can deliver vaginally if the lower fetus is head down.

C-section Rates in the US

C-section rates vary greatly between physicians, hospitals, and countries. While the World Health Organizations estimates that C-section rates should approximate 15%, the C-section rate in Texas is 34%. It is important to know the C-section rate for your obstetrician as this impacts the likelihood of having one.

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), 1 in 3 women in the US gave birth by cesarean section in 2011. There has been an increase in cesarean sections from 1996 to 2011. Cesarean delivery can be the safest method for the fetus and mother in certain clinical conditions. However, for most low-risk pregnancies, C-sections may not be necessary. It is up to health care providers to reduce the overuse of cesarean sections, especially in cases of primary cesarean delivery. There are concerns about the long-term risks of cesarean sections and its impact on the mother’s future pregnancies.

Clinical Reasons for having a C-Section

Reasons for having a cesarean section include:

  • Failure of labor to progress with sufficient contractions to open the cervix enough for the baby
  • Concern for the safety of the baby
  • Multiple pregnancy – the need for a C-section increases with multiple babies
  • Issues with the placenta
  • A large baby
  • Breech position
  • Maternal infections and medical conditions

As with any procedure, there are risks and benefits that need to be weighed in choosing to have a C-section. Ultimately, for those that need C-section, it is fortunate that a surgical birth can be performed safely to allow mom and baby a safe journey through birth. At ObGyn North (link to home), our C-section rate for all patients, including those electing repeat C-section, is approximately 20 percent. We pride ourselves in practicing science-based obstetrics which when followed naturally results in lower C-section rates. The magic that creates this is “patience”. Anyone interested in reading about the reduction of C-section rates through evidence-based practice would enjoy reading the ACOG statement on the safe reduction of C-section rates.

Additional Reading – Cesarean Sections

For additional information on C-sections, please read:

OBGYN NORTH

is the practice of:

Maansi Piparia

MD, FACOG

Rebecca Teng

MD, FACOG

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Allie Evans

MD, FACOG

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