Obstetrics

Our board certified physicians in obstetrics and gynecology, our physician’s assistant, and our certified nurse midwives work as a team to give you personalized care. Women’s Health Alliance Durham has three obstetric physicians, a physician’s assistant, and five midwives. Our midwives are available 24/7 and have appointments at our location, our Brier Creek satellite office, and at Chapel Hill OB/Gyn.

For your prenatal care you can chose between our obstetric physicians, our midwives, and/or CenteringPregnancy classes. Our Centering Pregnancy classes are always at capacity, so be sure to inquire and register early.

Areas of specialty:

  • Preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Gestational hypertension, preeclampsia
  • Fetal malpresentation, previous shoulder dystocia
  • Previous cesarean section for consideration of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
  • Multi-fetal gestation
  • Intrauterine growth restriction (baby growing poorly during pregnancy)
  • Oligohydramnios, polyhydramnios (too little or too much amniotic fluid)
  • Advanced maternal age (mother older than 35 years at delivery)
  • Maternal/fetal medical and surgical conditions often in collaboration with other specialists


We have a 24/7 call system to cover deliveries and emergencies at night, on weekends, and holidays. A physician is always on call after business hours as is one of our midwives.  Call 919-470-4000 and ask for the Durham Women’s Clinic physician or midwife on call.

Make an appointment: 919-471-2273 / 1-800-760-1873 or contact us with our simple online form.

You are welcome to bring a friend, spouse, or parent with you to your appointment.  We want you to feel as comfortable and at ease as you possibly can.


 

Midwifery Care

Dr. Eleanor Easley, founder of Durham Women’s Clinic in 1941, was a pioneer for nurse midwifery. We were the first practice in the state to have a trained and certified nurse midwife. With the popularity of nurse midwifery on the rise, Women’s Health Alliance Durham now has five certified nurse midwives on board. See also, www.whamidwifery.com for details.

Midwifery at Women’s Health Alliance launched in September 2011 to the delight and enthusiastic reception of our current and new patients. Our Brier Creek satellite location is specifically for midwifery services, which we offer here and at Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology in addition to our full range of obstetrics and gynecology services. Please click HERE to browse and enjoy our additional website dedicated solely to our midwifery service offerings.


 

Gynecology

From the time young women begin menstruation to the time older women pass their child bearing years, thorough gynecological care is critical to the physical and mental health of our patients. We listen to your concerns, discuss preventative and curative health measures with you, and treat you as if you are our own family member.

In addition to staying up to date on the most current treatment techniques such as ablation procedures and minimally invasive surgery including the use of robotics, we offer routine diagnosis and care in the following areas:

  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Contraception
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Infertility
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Urinary incontinence

 

Infertility

Infertility is a delicate and emotionally straining issue, yet an important aspect of our current population’s health concerns. We are up to date on all of the technological advances as well as traditional treatments for infertility. With your input, we address the symptoms and causes. More importantly, we help you find solutions. Our goal is the same as yours: to help you conceive and bring a healthy baby into your family and our community.


 

Pelvic Surgery

Within a woman’s lifetime, it is possible that the need will arise for pelvic surgery. Our physicians are trained in state-of-the-art surgical procedures, most of which can be scheduled on an outpatient basis at Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center on Carver Street in Durham. Specialties include hysterectomy and solutions for pelvic prolapse and incontinence.


 

In-Office Procedures

  • Hysteroscopy
  • Removal of polyps, fibroids, and abnormal cervical findings
  • Labial procedures
  • Tubal sterilization
  • Treatment of miscarriages (D&C)

 

MonaLisa Touch

Have you experienced changes in your vaginal health since menopause? Did you know that as many as 50% of postmenopausal women suffer from changes in their vaginal health.

It’s OK to talk about it – because now you can do something about it!

MonaLisa Touch®: A Novel Laser Therapy for Vaginal Health

Patients are calling it “Life-Changing”

MonaLisa Touch delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue that stimulates a healing response by generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization.  A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks.

  • In-office procedure
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • No downtime
  • Minimal side effects
  • Each treatment is <5 minutes
  • 8 Published Studies
  • 6 Ongoing Studies
  • Thousands of women have been treated worldwide since 2012

In both European and US clinical trials, women reported symptom relief after the very first treatment and even greater improvement after treatments 2 and 3.

Ask us today if the MonaLisa Touch is right for you.


 

CenteringPregnancy®

Back in the early 60s when Women’s Health Alliance (then Durham Women’s Clinic) was on Greene Street in Durham, there was a large basement that was designed to have a large amount of classroom space. Women came from far and wide to learn about pregnancy and childbirth, and hear from various guest speakers about psychological and physiological changes during pregnancy.

Today, we offer those same types of experiences in the form of CenteringPregnancy®. This widely popular and ever-growing form of prenatal care allows our obstetric patients to receive personalized attention with the added benefit of a group setting where stories and concerns are shared for the benefit of the group at large.


 

Psychiatric Mental Health Counseling

Women’s lives are incredibly complex, and we realize that their mental health affects their physical health and vice versa. Therefore, our approach to women’s health care includes both. One of the primary reasons we have midwives available to our patients is to empower women. A woman who feels in control of her body and her needs tends to be a healthier woman.

For patients with mental health needs, we have our very own Cheryl Carroll, CNM, PHPNP, MSN. Shortly after entering the midwifery field, Cheryl observed that when patients suffered depression or mental illness, the emotional pain interfered with what could be an otherwise simple prenatal and birth process. Cheryl wanted to be professionally equipped to facilitate women’s ability to move through and past negative patterns and emotional upheavals that consumed a great deal of their lives. To enhance her ability to serve Women’s Health Alliance’s patients, she pursued and received certification for adult psychiatric mental health.

Cheryl is available to see all patients with mental health needs. She is an adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who has advanced education in assessing mental health needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. Cheryl is able to assess, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders or potential for such disorders, including prescribing medication and administering psychotherapy.


 

Nutrition

Having a balanced diet is an important aspect of women’s health. Leah Williams, MPH, RD, LD is a registered dietitian who specializes in women’s health and child nutrition.

www.leahwilliamsnutrition.com

Leah works with a variety of patients on nutrition strategies to address many health conditions and concerns including​

  • Weight management
  • Diabetes & Prediabetes
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • PCOS
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Prenatal Nutrition

She also loves working with parents and children on healthy eating strategies for the whole family including

  • Introducing new foods to infants and children
  • Establishing healthy eating practices for life
  • Strategies to prevent or address picky eating

 

Breastfeeding & Parenting Classes

For descriptions of available classes and to register, visit the Calendar of Events. We look forward to having you join us!


Jan Tedder is a nurse practitioner and certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). Over three decades, Jan has provided health care for young families, developed breastfeeding support programs, and provided lactation consultation at Wake Health Services, SAS Health Care Center, and UNC Family Medicine. In addition to helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals, Jan also created HUG Your Baby, an award-winning parent education program used by families and professionals around the world. Jan is available to see breastfeeding families in their homes or her office. Visit huglactation.com

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Childbirth Education Classes

Midwifery-Led Childbirth Preparation

This course is not bound to an outline. We have a core group of topics that are regularly covered in each class; beyond that, families shape the course based on their areas of interest.

  • Birth and pain culture
  • Joys and concerns surrounding labor, birth and parenting
  • Natural coping skills including position changes, hydrotherapy, massage, acupressure, yoga, Rebozo therapy, and countless others
  • Pharmacologic options for managing the sensations of labor and delivery
  • Partner bonding exercises that enhance your relationship before and during labor
  • Birth partner preparation
  • Birth plan development
  • Labor stages
  • C-section and vaginal delivery
  • Baby procedures and practices at Duke Regional Hospital
  • Postpartum coping to enhance bonding and encourage a smooth recovery

This class has blossomed from the core beliefs of midwifery. Expectant mothers and their birth partner or partners are invited to attend the classes together and embark on a journey toward awareness and preparation of mind, body, relationship and spirit. The added benefit of our classes is in the instructor’s experience. Our instructor, Anne Brand, is a certified nurse midwife who has attended hundreds of births in her years of practice.

We are focused on providing expectant families with preparation and confidence for labor, birth, and parenting. We are continuously evolving as each class brings a greater awareness of what families need to achieve a successful birth.


 

Yoga Classes

We are excited to offer “Baby and Me Yoga” at Durham Women’s Clinic. This is an amazing opportunity to incorporate baby in to your physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. It is a perfect space for bonding with baby. Moms, dads, grandparents and babysitters/nannies are all welcome to participate.

Classes will resume in October.


 

Other Services

Being the BEST is not good enough for our team. We are continuously improving and updating our services as requested by our patients. To that end we offer screening and treatment for osteoporosis and psychiatric mental health services. If you have a health or wellness concern that is not addressed by one of the offerings listed here on our website, please call us at 919-471-2273 to discuss your individual needs.


Screening and Treatment for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is not only preventable, it is also treatable. The key to successful treatment, however, is follow-through and follow-up. Our office is dedicated to working closely with you to prevent or to treat your osteoporosis. We have the momodern and comprehensive bone screening diagnostics available right on premises. No need to travel to an outside facility. Often we can schedule you for same day services.

RN Triage

RN triage is an important role in our facility. We have an RN (Registered Nurse) on staff who is here to help assist and answer any questions or concerns. Rachael Waldvogel is our RN triage nurse. She has been with Durham Women’s Clinic since August 2016. Prior to coming to DWC, she worked at Duke Regional Hospital on the Labor and Delivery floor. Rachael is available during office hours to help answer questions or concerns for our patients. Rachael helps with scheduling same day appointments to see a provider, explaining medication side effects, assisting with prescriptions and refills, explain and give instructions for a patient’s scheduled procedure, manage a referral process for patients requiring care for physical therapy, chiropractic, high risk, depression, etc. and relays lab results.