In preparation for the opening of our new birthing center, Natural Beginning, OBGYN North has begun to hire additional providers to meet the growing demand in our community for additional natural birthing options. 
Last month we broke ground on the site for our new birthing center and offices, which will be directly across the street from St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Our current practice and the birth center will be housed within the same facility in our new location, so right now we’re not only gearing up for a new birthing center, but we are making preparations for the upcoming move from our current office.
We’ll share more information about Natural Beginning in our next blog post, but first we wanted to take a moment to introduce some of the new staff members you’ll see beginning in August and September, Maansi Piparia, Natalie Carraras and Stacy Smalley. 
Maansi Piparia, M.D. joins OBGYN North with great experience in laparoscopy and high risk obstetrics, as well as a passion for teaching. Coming to Austin from Chicago, Piparia brings a background of research on the trend in cesarean sections versus neonatal outcomes, strengthening our practices’ devotion to evidenced based medicine.  Born in Canton, Ohio and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Piparia completed both her bachelor of arts and doctor of medicine degrees in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Natalie Carraras joins OBGYN North from Atlanta, where she provided prenatal care and attended births working alongside physicians and midwives in a setting similar to OBGYN North. Carraras realized her passion for women’s health during a clinical rotation in nursing school and then worked as a postpartum nurse before entering graduate school. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Carraras relocated to Austin in July 2013 with her husband and three children. She completed both her bachelor of science in nursing and her master of science as a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. 
Smalley joins OBGYN North from the east coast, having worked with women of all backgrounds and in a variety of settings, including a birth center, a community hospital, and several large teaching hospitals. For the past 11 years she has also had the privilege of mentoring nursing, medical, and midwifery students while strengthening her knowledge base and skills as a midwife. Smalley earned a bachelors of arts with honors in anthropology from the University of Arizona and a master of science in nursing from Yale University. 
In the coming weeks we plan to include more updates and additional information about OBGYN North, Natural Beginning and women’s health in general, so make sure to keep up with our blog. 


Thank you for sharing in our excitement and we’ll look forward to showing off our new space soon! For additional information, feel free to give us a call at (512) 425-3825.