Certified nurse midwife Danielle Duquette joins the Capital Ob/Gyn Staff!


Danielle Duquette APRN, MSN, CNM is an experienced high-risk labor and delivery nurse and doula. She is excited to join us as an advanced practitioner and certified nurse midwife. She has merged her love of childbirth with medical education and experience and brings complete, compassionate and comprehensive birth care to her patients.

Mrs. Duquette will work collaboratively with our doctors in the clinic and in the hospital in the care of our obstetrical patients. In addition, she offers preventive WWE, birth control counseling, STD testing, and evaluation of breast concerns. Mrs. Duquette teaches our monthly birthing class and has received high accolades from patients for her knowledge, support and guidance. Capital Ob/Gyn is pleased to introduce Mrs. Danielle Duquette in support of natural birth in the safety of the hospital setting.

Read more about Danielle here.

Dr. Mushtaler’s Pie in the Face

All for a good cause, Dr. Mushtaler (OB JEN) was a good sport yesterday taking a pie in the face for a fundraiser.  Well, more accurately FIVE pies!  Benefitting the American Heart Association, Labor & Delivery nurses at St. David’s North Austin Women’s Center paid $5 per pie to smear the faces of participating physicians.  Dr. Mushtaler was one of several physicians who got hit, all in good fun.

Take a look!


Welcome Sendero Idealcare!

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas is pleased to welcome members of Sendero Idealcare to the practice. As of January 19,2016, we are par and in-network as preferred ob/gyn providers.

Capital of Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas provides complete care for women including gynecology, gynecologic surgery, birth control, preventive exams, routine obstetrical care and high risk obstetrical care. Our physicians – “Ob Jen” Mushtaler, Catherine Browne and Jennifer Uxer – are all experienced, board certified obstetricians/gynecologists giving direct to patient care.

Sendero Idealcare is an accredited open marketplace plan available to residents of Central Texas. To enroll follow the link www.senderoidealcare.com.

Capital Ob/Gyn On Par with Cigna Network

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates is pleased to welcome Cigna network members to the practice. All three of our doctors have previously been participants in the Cigna network. Recent changes with Aetna’s acquisition of Cigna raised concerns about the future of the contracting relationship. Our practice is pleased to have been selected for preferred in-network contracting based on the high quality of care measures we provide. Our patients are cared for directly by our physicians. We do not utilize mid levels to move large numbers. We provide quality, intimate women’s gynecologic and obstetrical care.

New to Cigna? Looking for an in-network ob/gyn? Check out the bios of our three physicians and our staff will be pleased to assist you with your scheduling needs.

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler
Dr. Catherine Browne
Dr. Jennifer Uxer

For more information or for scheduling, please contact our office at 512.836.2536.

OB JEN on ZOOMALife Radio

zooma austinDr. Mushtaler (OB JEN) was recently featured on ZOOMALife Radio where she talks to Brooke and Brae from ZOOMA about what it takes to be a female who runs, biologically speaking…

Items discussed in this episode by Dr. Mushtaler (OB JEN): 

  • Most common question women runners ask their OB/GYNs
  • Risks (or lack thereof) to running during pregnancy, including in the early months
  • What you can do about “leakage” down there post-pregnancy
  • How “aunt flow” affects racing

Reposted from ZOOMALife Radio:

Episode 6:What it Means to Be a Woman Runner
Part 2, Where We Talk to an OB/GYN

This episode is part two in a three-episode series about what it means to be a woman runner. In this episode, we’ll talk with Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler, affectionately known as OB JEN. Dr. Mushtaler is an athlete herself and specializes, among other areas, in pelvic floor support, urinary incontinence and female athletics at her practice in Austin, TX. Oh boy – you can see where this is going! We met OB Jen at ZOOMA Texas where she and a great group of women from her office always come to volunteer.

Listen Here: http://zoomarun.com/?powerpress_embed=9524-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

Subscribe to ZOOMALife Radio on iTunes!

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

OB JEN Sponsors Zooma for Third Year

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Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas is proud sponsor The ZOOMA Texas Half Marathon, 10K and 5K for the third straight year in 2015.

Our practice consists of compassionate and caring women serving women in the community at all stages of life and activity levels, so partnership with ZOOMA couldn’t be a better fit for us.

Leading up to the race, we would love to meet you — say HELLO to OB JEN and her friendly staff at Thursday’s packet pickup!

Thursday, March 26
Athleta at the Domain
11601 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 121
Austin, TX 78758

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ZOOMA Texas lets you savor the splendor of spring wildflowers in the Texas Hill Country, as you wind your way through 13.1 miles well outside of the Austin city limits. Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush dance in the waving grasses on either side of the quiet roadways that make up this scenic race.  For the last few miles of the half marathon, you’ll traverse exclusively on the gorgeous grounds of the host property, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.

Perks of this year’s race include:

  • Entry into a scenic, professionally-managed, and timed half marathon, 10K, or 5K race
  • Access to full fit girls weekend schedule – a Fitness Expo, a Mocktail Party, and an After-Party Expo featuring wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, post-race massages, shopping, and live music
  • ZOOMA Signature Swag Bag
  • Water and energy drink stationed along the course and at the finish line
  • Food at the finish line
  • A sweet ZOOMA medal for half marathon finishers (pictured below), and a medal for 10K and 5K finishers
  • Access to special room rates at the official race resort, the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa

Here’s to happy running and wishing you a weekend of memories with your girlfriends!  We know it’s a weekend we won’t forget.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jen Mushtaler (OB JEN) by visiting the Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas Website www.capobgyn.com or by calling 512-83-OBJEN.  

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

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


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

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

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:


Learn more about Dando Amor here.

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dando amor shoe drive

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