Obstetrician Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Redding

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery located in Redding, CA

The expertise of a qualified obstetrician is vital for a healthy pregnancy. At Women’s Health Associates of Redding in Redding, California, Dr. Jorge Peña provides experienced obstetrics services, including vaginal and Cesarean deliveries, preeclampsia screenings, and high-risk pregnancy care. Your and your baby’s health are the primary focus of the obstetrics care team. To learn more about available obstetrics services, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office.

Obstetrician Q & A

Women's Healthcare Associates of Redding

What is an obstetrician?

An obstetrician is a licensed doctor who specializes in the pregnancy and childbirth field of medicine. As licensed OB/GYNs, Dr. Peña practices both gynecology and obstetrics, offering comprehensive healthcare before, during, and after your pregnancy.

Obstetricians provide surgical care during pregnancy and childbirth. They also provide you and your baby with postnatal care after delivery.

What services do obstetricians offer?

Your Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding doctor can provide you with a variety of services, including diagnosis and treatment of conditions like:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Fetal distress
  • Uterine rupture
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • High-risk pregnancy
  • Placenta detachment
  • Hemorrhage during delivery

Your doctor also assists during labor, through both vaginal and Cesarean delivery, and the monitoring of high-risk pregnancies.

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy where your blood pressure becomes elevated, threatening the health of your kidney and liver. The condition is most common after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even if you’ve otherwise maintained a normal blood pressure.

Causes of preeclampsia may include:

  • Genetics
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Immune system disorders
  • Inadequate blood flow to your uterus

If incorrectly diagnosed, preeclampsia can cause serious medical complications for you and your baby, including premature birth, organ damage, and seizures. Delivery is the only treatment option available for preeclampsia.

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs in one out of 50 pregnancies and results when a fertilized egg attaches itself to an area outside of your uterus, often in your fallopian tubes. These tubes can’t support a growing embryo and won’t develop properly.

Ectopic pregnancies can occur because of inflammation, infection, scar tissue, or structural defects in the fallopian tubes. You may experience stabbing pains that vary in severity. You may also have vaginal bleeding, weakness, or dizziness.

Treatments for ectopic pregnancies include medications that help your body absorb the pregnancy tissue without harming the fallopian tube. Often, surgical intervention is necessary, and your doctor can perform a laparoscopic or other surgery to remove the pregnancy tissue and repair the fallopian tube.

Following an ectopic pregnancy, your doctor monitors your health and may perform a follow-up examination of your affected fallopian tube. While you can still achieve a healthy pregnancy in the future, your chances may be reduced depending on the damage to your fallopian tube.

To learn more about obstetrics services at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Redding, schedule an appointment online or by phone.