Baby Birthing Classes July, August & September

Announcing NEW DATES for Baby Birthing Classes hosted by Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas. Classes will be held on the following Wednesdays:

~ July 23
~ August 20
~ September 24

Registration is $60 per enrollee (patient & support person).

Topics for the birthing class will include:

  • Pregnancy & Post-Partum
  • Labor & Delivery Experience
  • Parent & Newborn Care
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Lactation Basis
  • Q&A Session
  • Tour of The St. David’s Women’s Center

Bring your infant car seat, favorite pillow(s) and wear comfortable clothing. There will be a few hands-on exercises involved.

The class will be taught by Cindy Warner, RN and will take place at our office.

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas
12201 Renfert Way, Suite 325
Austin, TX 78758
512-836-2536

Please make checks payable to Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas prior to class date.  *Classes are limited so reserve your spot today!

Stay tuned for more available class times to be announced!
– The Staff at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas

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Doula Open House Success

Dr Jennifer Mushtaler and Dr Catherine Browne and their staff would like to thank last week’s attendees for a successful doula open house. Almost twenty doulas from around the Austin area came for a meet and greet, question and answer session and networking opportunity.

Doulas from the ATX Doulas, Birth Focus, Central Texas Doula Association, Austin Born and Giving Austin Labor Support came for the event. Also in attendance were doulas Morgan Miles, Jamie Gwynn, Leia Downs, Brooke Stage, Julie Garcia, Chan McDermott and Alexa Plunkett.

doula supportCapital Ob/Gyn Associates offers women personalized and intimate care during their pregnancy and birth. We care for women with low and high risk pregnancies. We are pleased to support women seeking VBAC and vaginal delivery for twin pregnancies. We are also supportive of a natural birth plan in a hospital setting. Capital Ob/Gyn welcomes doulas in support of their patients.

What is a doula? Doulas are labor companion. These women have a love and respect of the beauty of birth and are available for continuous support during the process to both patient and her companion(s). Studies have shown that women who labor with a doula have lower rates of medical intervention and greater success in achieving a natural and empowered birth experience.

Further, women have greater success with breast-feeding and a decreased incidence of postpartum depression when supported by a doula. Doulas can be very valuable and supportive to partners and spouses who may be new or uneasy about the birth experience.

doula-aidCan a doula deliver my baby? Doulas are not medically trained professionals and are not certified as midwives or physicians so they cannot deliver your baby or perform medical care. Doulas cannot offer medical advice, but they can help you to ask questions of your providers to feel comfortable and confident. Doulas can help you prepare for the birth experience and help you articulate your preferences for birth. Doulas can help be your voice when you are scared or unable to voice your own concerns. Many doulas are certified by their various organizations: DONA International, International Childbirth Education Association, Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, Childbirth International, Childbirth and Post-partum Professional Association.

Are you interested in a natural birth or the support of a doula for your labor? Come and meet Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas to explore your potential. We can also provide referrals to trusted doulas in our community.

Our office is located at 12201 Renfert Way, Suite 325, Austin TX 78758.  Please call our office at 512-836-2536 with any questions or for more detailed directions.

Getting the Most Out of Your Doc Visit

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Dr. Jen Mushtaler (OB JEN)

We all know that scheduling timely and routine visits to the doctor is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.  However, many patients feel like their visits to the doctor are rushed. Here are some helpful tips from the insiders to help you get the most out of your appointment.

Scheduling is key.

First step to a successful visit is in the scheduling. Make sure you let the scheduler know what you need to address with the doctor so that your doctor can schedule the appropriate amount of time. Otherwise, your doctor may then be rushed to give everything full attention, and sometimes additional procedures need prior authorization with insurance. In our office, we try to schedule patient’s appropriate time based on the stated reason for the visit.

Plan head so you are not rushed.

Second, make sure you are not rushed for your appointment. We have had patients try to squeeze something in before they have to pick-up children or make a work meeting or another appointment. Ask the scheduler what is a reasonable amount of time to allot for your visit. Also, some days of the week may be more or less busy in the doctor’s office and may require more time. Many things can happen at your appointment time to get even the best planned schedules behind, so give a little extra wiggle room in case.

Bring a list of your medications with you.

Bring an accurate list of your medications with you to your appointment. Better yet, bring all your prescriptions and any vitamins with you. Some medications can interfere with each other or worse, be harmful, so you want your medical providers to have an up-to-date and complete list. Also, be sure your provider knows if you have stopped medications as well. New to the doctor? Bring a written list of any medical issues and previous surgeries.

Bring a list of questions for the doc.

Most of my patients are great about jotting down questions for their visit on their phone or I-pad or an old-fashioned piece of paper. I love it and encourage all patients to do that. It is easy to get nervous or even side-tracked during a visit and then remember after you left that you wanted to ask about something that did not get covered. Also, let your doctor know at the beginning of the visit that you brought your questions. It helps us to plan the time during your visit to allow for discussion.

Getting additional tests?

Ask your doctor specifically what labs they will order so you can make sure that those labs are drawn. Then make sure you know the timeline for your results and how those will be communicated. Some offices are able to let patients check their own results online. In our office, we notify patients of results. I am not a fan of no news is good news because I have seen results get lost that need follow-up.

Getting a new prescription?

Confirm with your doctor what medications are being ordered. Most prescriptions are now faxed electronically, but to be your own best advocate you should know what medications you are taking, old and new. Also, sometimes pharmacies will offer to substitute generics and that’s when some mistakes can happen.

Check prescription coverage with your insurance company.

Another helpful hint, if you know you will be needing a particular type of medication, check to see what the level of coverage is with your insurance company. Different medications may have different co-pays, so if your doctor knows what is covered at tier 1, they may be able to help guide you to something more affordable and just as effective. Unfortunately, we don’t have that information and it is certainly not our intention to prescribe a medication the patient will be unable to take because of costs. For example, birth controls are covered by insurers now, but not all name brands or types may be covered by a particular plan. Don’t forget to have your pharmacy of choice ready to give your doctor’s office as well.

Happy scheduling!

Remember, the best way to get the most out of your appointment is to make sure that both you and your doctor’s office have scheduled appropriately and that you are prepared with an up-to-date list of medicines and concerns to be addressed.

To schedule an appointment with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, visit www.capobgyn.com or call 512-83-OB-JEN.

Collecting Shoes for Love – Dando Amor

This year Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas is participating in the Dando Amor Shoe Drive – giving love and blessing the lives of children throughout the world by putting shoes on their feet.

We’ll be collecting shoes in our front office lobby now through March 31st.  Drop off gently used children’s shoes of any size during your scheduled appointment or swing by any time during office hours.  Your donation is greatly appreciated so start cleaning out those closets!

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas
12201 Renfert Way Suite 325
Austin, TX 78758
512-83-OBJEN

About Dando Amor – Shoes for Love
Dando Amor is a non-profit charity organization that takes regular service trips to Ecuador and Burkina-Faso Africa.  Last year over 12,000 pairs of shoes were collected for orphans in these countries.

View these videos from recent service trips to Africa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNPP2zrxn7E

Learn more about Dando Amor here.

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To schedule an appointment with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, contact our office at 512-83-OBJEN or visit our website at http://www.capobgyn.com.

Baby Birthing Class November 20th

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas now introduces birthing classes!

Our first class will be held Wednesday, November 20th from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Registration is $60 per enrollee (patient & support person).

Topics for the birthing class will include:

  • Pregnancy & Post-Partum
  • Labor & Delivery Experience
  • Parent & Newborn Care
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Lactation Basis
  • Q&A Session
  • Tour of The St. David’s Women’s Center

Bring your infant car seat, favorite pillow(s) and wear comfortable clothing.  There will be a few hands-on exercises involved.

The class will be taught by Cindy Warner, RN and will take place at our office.

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas
12201 Renfert Way, Suite 325
Austin, TX 78758
512-836-2536

Please make checks payable to Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas prior to class date.
*Classes are limited so reserve your spot today!

Stay tuned for more available class times to be announced!
– The Staff at Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas

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Breast Cancer Awareness Balloon Launch

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Capital Ob/Gyn staff was honored to participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness Balloon Launch on Friday, October 18th.  To celebrate the brave women who have battled breast cancer, white and pink biodegradable balloons were launched from the St. David’s North Austin Women’s Center to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Central Texas.

We are a team of women committed to caring for other women, and this important cause is close to our hearts.  We celebrate the women who have survived the battle with breast cancer and remember those who were not so fortunate.

NAMC_BreastCancerView KVUE News Coverage of the event HERE.
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View KXAN News Coverage of the event HERE.
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About Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC)
http://www.bcrc.org

Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC) of Texas is a centralized source of information, education and support that empowers those affected by breast cancer to navigate through diagnosis, treatment, recovery and beyond as active, knowledgeable participants in their healthcare.

Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC strives to reduce mortality rates by assisting Central Texans diagnosed with breast cancer as they confront obstacles that stand in the way of their treatment or affect their quality of life. We help eliminate barriers related to insurance, employment, family relationships, inability to pay for services, and end-of-life decisions.

To learn more about Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas and our services, visit our website at http://www.capobgyn.com or call 512-83-OB-JEN.

Numbers Show Vaccine Helps Reduce HPV Cases

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Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler was recently asked to share her professional opinion on the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine on KVUE.  Read the article below or watch the video on KVUE.

AUSTN — The HPV vaccine remains controversial, however, numbers recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing the vaccine’s effectiveness could help quell some of the skepticism.

Cases of human papillomavirus, or HPV, have decreased 56 percent in young girls since the vaccine was first introduced in 2006 according to the CDC.

“This is very exciting news,” said Jennifer Mushtaler, M.D., an obstetrician and gynecologist with Capital OB/GYN Associates of Texas at St. David’s Women’s Center. “We’re seeing that reduction in risk cancers for our young women, which is very important and the reduction is greater than anticipated.”

CDC officials admit they were surprised by the vaccine’s effectiveness, and so too were University of Texas students KVUE spoke to.

“I remember it was just a few years ago that people started talking about it,” said Wynne Davis, a UT student. “There was really the push and all the ads on television for it, but I didn’t expect it to drop that quickly.”

“It is a really significant decrease,” said Angela Lin, a UT student. “With all the current medical breakthroughs and progress in science and technology and everything, I guess it really doesn’t surprise me.”

The only disappointing news according to the CDC is that only 50 to 60 percent of young women are getting the vaccine. The agency was hoping that number would be closer to 80 percent. Dr. Mushtaler says there’s still a bit of a disconnect over the value of the vaccine.

“Because we’re vaccinating for diseases that are transmitted sexually the message can get confused about the intent of the vaccine,” she said. “The intent of the vaccine is to help protect young people from (certain) types of cancers no matter when they choose to become sexually active.”

Mushtaler says the vaccine is now being recommended for girls and boys — girls ages 11 to 26 and boys ages 11 to 21. Dr. Mushtaler says early research has shown there’s a higher rate of immunity when children are vaccinated at a younger age.

To schedule an appointment with any Capital Ob/Gyn physicians, call 512.836.2536 or visit www.capobgyn.com.  We look forward to seeing you soon at Capital Ob/Gyn!