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Women's Health Services
Comprehensive Care for Women of All Ages
NCHS offers comprehensive services for the healthcare needs of women of all ages. At most of our sites, basic women's services, including annual exams, pap smears, breast exams and contraceptive counseling and methods are offered by physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians' assistants. We accept many types of insurances, as well as Medi-Cal, Family Pact and specialized state programs for cancer detection and breast care.
Specialized Gynecological Care
At three of our sites--Encinitas Health Center, Mission-Mesa Women’s Health Center in Oceanside and at our San Marcos Health Center--our services include care by Board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologists who provide a full-scope of specialized, comprehensive care for women. Our dedicated physicians have long been committed to providing universal access to affordable, cost-efficient and high-quality healthcare. This encompasses routine annual care, as well as more complex gynecological problems that may require specialized procedures or surgery.
If You Are Pregnant
Pregnancy is an exciting time of transition and growth for you and your family. We are here to assist you and provide personalized care that will help you give birth with trust and confidence. For the majority of women, pregnancy is a normal and healthy time. Our focus for prenatal and childbirth care is always the wellbeing of mother and baby with individualized attention and education at each visit. In the event of complications, consultation with an obstetrician is always readily available.
The collaboration of Certified Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians, along with social workers, nutritionists, and childbirth educators, allows us to provide a team approach that affords the best possible comprehensive care for expectant families. This team based approach is the basis of our gestational diabetes program. As an affiliate of the California Diabetes in Pregnancy Sweet Success program we offer state-of-the-art care and superior outcomes for women and their families experiencing this common complication of pregnancy. Nurse-Midwives are specialists in normal pregnancy and birth, providing comprehensive, safe and individualized care in a positive, supportive environment. Women appreciate the extra time and attention they receive from midwives, and research has shown that this holistic philosophy provides an excellent quality of care with superb outcomes. In addition, you and your family are recognized as important contributors to your own healthcare decision-making. This collaborative model of care ensures safe, satisfying and personalized attention.
Our Ramona and two San Marcos health centers offer care with Nurse-Midwives from Palomar Hospital in Escondido. They provide comprehensive maternity care throughout the pregnancy and birthing care for you at Palomar Hospital in conjunction with Obstetrician-Gynecologists on staff at Palomar. After the birth, you will receive a postpartum home visit from the Palomar Welcome Home Baby program.
Our coastal team of Nurse-Midwives and Obstetricians provide full-scope maternity care at our Encinitas Health Center, Mission-Mesa Women's Center and Loma Alta Family Health Center in Oceanside. They collaborate closely to provide midwife-attended births at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. Since 1999 our team of midwives and doctors has helped more than 10,000 babies come into the world with fewer complications, cesarean births and higher breastfeeding success than state and national averages! Contact us for more information about how you can offer your baby the special welcome North County Health Services provides.
Additionally, the Nurse-Midwives in Encinitas, Oceanside and at Grand Avenue Family Medicine in San Marcos provide "well-woman" care for non-pregnant women, including annual examinations, pap smears, breast exams and all forms of contraceptive care.
- www.mymidwife.org (info on midwives from American College of Nurse-Midwives)
- www.childbirthconnection.org/home.asp?Visitor=Woman (info on pregnancy/childbirth)
- www.gotmom.org (Breastfeeding Information by the ACNM)
- www.lalecheleague.org (La Leche League International)