What to Consider When Selecting an Ob/Gyn

Your relationship with your obstetrician/gynecologist is one of the most intimate professional relationships you may have.  Although it can take time for this relationship to develop, you should feel comfortable with this person and should be able to trust your obstetrician/gynecologist with your most private concerns.

Important questions to consider when selecting an obstetrician/gynecologist include:

1.Does she/he have experience caring for and delivering high risk pregnancies?

None of us want to experience a complicated, high risk pregnancy. However, an attending of mine in my training used to remind us at the beginning of every call night, “The sickest patient will be the one you least expect.” Even if you consider yourself to be healthy, pregnancy and labor can unexpectedly become risky to mother and baby. You want to make sure that your obstetrician has the training and experience to handle any surprises from severe pre-eclampsia to acute hemorrhage. If you live in a major metropolitan area, you also want to know if your obstetrician delivers at a level 3 center with in-house anesthesia and an experienced NICU. Hopefully you don’t need those services, but if you or your baby were in grave danger, you would want to feel confident that your obstetrician can manage your care and that she/he has the resources needed to do so.

2.How will she/he manage a pregnancy that goes beyond the due date? At what point will she/he insist on induction?

These questions tell you a lot about your obstetrician’s medical beliefs and style of practice. Some providers believe that babies should be delivered as soon as possible while others may take a wait and see approach. A seasoned obstetrician may tell you that the answer is not easily defined because she/he will need to consider multiple factors specific to your situation in deciding when and how to recommend an induction.

3.What are her/his views about the use of doulas?

Again, this question tells you a lot about your obstetrician, whether she/he is open to a holistic approach and whether she/he is going to help create a supportive environment. Doulas are labor companions who can help ease anxiety during labor and offer emotional support. A great doula may be someone you hire or it may be a family member or friend. In any case, knowing your obstetrician’s opinion will give you insight into their practice style and if it matches with yours.

4.Will she/he deliver my baby?

No one physician can be on-call 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. Most obstetricians share call with other doctors in their practice or community. You should know who the other doctors in the call group are and how the call rotation works. Some groups are extremely large so you may not have an opportunity to get to know all of the doctors who may attend your delivery. Other groups are smaller and may have a system in place for you to meet the other doctors who may deliver your baby. Also, in many communities ob/gyn’s perform circumcisions upon request. If this is relevant to you, don’t forget to inquire about it and whether or not she/he uses anesthesia.

5. What is the practice’s policy for handling emergencies?

For example, will your doctor be able to see you on a regular office day or will you have to wait for an opening or see a mid-level provider? Who can you reach by phone during office hours or after hours for an emergency? How long does it typically take for the doctor or a nurse to return your call? Many large groups utilize a nurse telephone triage system, while in a small group you may be able to reach your doctor or nurse directly.

Thankfully routine pregnancy is only 40 weeks, give or take a little bit, so you should also consider your gynecological needs when selecting an ob/gyn. Consider some of the following:

1. How far in advance do I need to schedule a routine annual if I want to see my doctor?

This gives you insight into how accessible the doctor really is. As a mother and working woman myself, I want a physician I can actually see even if nothing is wrong and I am not pregnant. Everyone’s schedule is different so consider how important this is to you. I have had friends tell me they haven’t seen their doctor in years because they cannot get an appointment scheduled for months.

2. Does she/he prescribe birth control?

There are many patients and physicians who do not believe in the personal use of contraception, and this is to be respected. As a woman’s health care provider, however, I believe that an ob/gyn should be comfortable and knowledgeable discussing the factual pros and cons of all methods of contraception. Some birth control regimens may not be suited for women with certain medical conditions. On the other hand, some providers will not place IUD’s in women who have not had children. Be sure that the ob/gyn you choose is able to meet your individual needs.

3. Are you comfortable with the ob/gyn?

I think this is crucial. If you need to discuss STD testing, vaginal dryness and hot flashes or …something smelling badly down there, you need to feel able to do so. Moreover, if you are going to have surgery you need to feel confident that your surgeon is going to take good care of you. You should also consider your own value system and lifestyle. She/he may not live exactly as you do, but your healthcare relationship will be more comfortable if there is understanding and respect.

For additional information about a prospective physician, you can verify licensure with your state’s medical board. You can also verify that your physician is board certified through the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Both will offer information on a public website.

You can also contact Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas directly at 512-83-OBJEN or visit our website www.capobgyn.com.

OB JEN "On Air" with Kathryn Bonner!

OB JEN is honored to be featured as a monthly radio guest on KLGO The Word 98.5/99.3 – Spirit Walking with Kathryn Bonner.  Each month, Dr. Jen Mushtaler covers topics with Kathryn Bonner that are essential to healthy and complete living. 

Featured in July, OB JEN engaged with Kathryn in a two-way dialogue about Postpartum Depression.  Listen to a replay here

In August’s show, OB Jen and Kathryn Bonner discussed hot flashes and the body temple.   Replay is coming soon!

Next Show: September 21st, 2:30-3pm
KLGO The Word 98.5/99.3
You can catch OB JEN on air with Kathryn Bonner again on September 21st from 2:30-3pm on KLGO The Word 98.5/99.3.  Tune in!

About the Show:
Spirit Walking with Kathryn Bonner is a refreshing approach that is truly needed because of the stressed out busyness that seems to be a part of today’s hectic culture. Kathryn has a show that will blow fresh winds of renewal into the hearts of those listening. Her show is all about women, for women! For you guys out there, come check it out too, as you will surely learn something of interest about us, if not; you will certainly get a great laugh!

Kathryn covers all sorts of things such as women’s health, wellness, marriage, movies, ministries, your body temple, Biblical teachings, struggles, raising children, dating, miracles, passion, purpose, how God speaks, creativity, dreams, mission work, finances, freedom in Christ and so much more! Kathryn will also interview experts, authors, speakers, Christian life coaches, doctors, and ordinary women making an extraordinary difference in the world!

Kathryn is an author, a speaker and a Life Purpose Coach. She knows the power of breaking through the fears and stepping fully into your faith by the gift of coaching.

Countdown to ZOOMA Austin Race Day!

OB JEN is a proud sponsor of the ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon & 5K!

Coming up on Saturday, April 16, the ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon & 5K races feature a challenging course through the Texas countryside and a fabulous post-race party with mini spa treatments, wine tastings, live music, and shopping at The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.

Highlight’s of this year’s race include:
◦Complimentary training programs
◦Water, energy drink and runners’ food along the course and finish line
◦Commemorative gift for all half marathon race finishers
◦Post-race massage and shopping at ZOOMA After-Party Expo
◦Wine from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly at the ZOOMA After-Party Expo
◦Live music at the ZOOMA After-Party Expo

OB JEN at Packet Pickup
Leading up to the race, meet and mingle with OB JEN and her friendly staff at Thursday’s packet pickup! OR keep an eye out for OB JEN “strutting her stuff” along the Half Marathon course. Dr. Mushtaler is a “weekend warrior” out to have a fun and fantastic race on Saturday morning!

ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon & 5K
Packet Pickup
Thursday, April 14
Luke’s Locker Downtown
3pm – 7pm

Additional details about the ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon & 5K can be found on their website www.zoomarun.com/austin or by visiting their Facebook page.

This is a fabulous “girls weekend” event that you don’t want to miss!

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jen Mushtaler, affectionately known as OB JEN, by visiting the Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas Website.  www.capobgyn.com

New Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas Website!

Visit our new website at www.capobgyn.com!
We are excited to launch a beautiful new website for Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas!  It is our continued goal to provide you with the most comfortable and helpful service possible, and we took great care to create a site that outlines pertinent and important information just for you.  In addition to a comprehensive listing of our obstetrics and gynecology treatment services, we have also provided a host of educational resources for women of all generations — including pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, general ob/gyn, nutrition, healthy living and more.
Pregnancy and Insurance FAQ’s are available at your fingertips to answer any commonly asked questions.  If you are a new patient, all the forms you need for your first appointment are listed on the site.  Just download the forms and bring them with you!
Whether you have been with Dr. Mushtaler for years or are just getting acquainted with Capital Ob/GynAssociates of Texas, thank you for trusting us with your care.  We look forward to welcoming you soon at our new office.

Please call us directly at 512-83-OBJEN (512-836-2536) if you have any questions or visit our new site at www.capobgyn.com.

Introducing Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas

It is with great pleasure that my staff and I announce the opening of my practice, Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, scheduled October 18, 2010.  My new office will be located just across the street from my current location (Mopac & Parmer Lane), and all hospital care, deliveries and surgeries will continue at The Women’s Center of Texas and the North Austin Surgery Center.

Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas, PA

Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler

12201 Renfert Way, Suite 325, Austin, Texas 78758

Tel: 512.836.2536   (512.83.OBJEN)

My staff and I look forward to welcoming you to Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas beginning October 18, 2010!

Be on the lookout for a new and improved LOOK for “OB JEN” coming soon!

Bring Your Questions for OB JEN!

OB JEN will have a booth set up for free consultation during the Bike Rodeo!

Do you have questions about staying healthy while increasing activity levels?
Want to maintain good hygiene while wearing sweaty bike clothes?
Worried about saddle sores in “not so pretty” places?

Bring your questions for OB JEN…..Don’t be shy!

Team Luna Chix Bicycle Rodeo
Date: Tuesday, June 8
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles

Dr. Jen Mushtaler, MD FACOG practices with Capital Ob/Gyn Associates of Texas located off Mopac near Parmer.  She has a special passion for working with female athletes to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the practice, visit http://www.capobgyn.com.
(512) 83.OB.JEN