Obstetrics

Dr. Novoa provides expert management of normal and high risk pregnancy.   He specializes in complicated, higher risk vaginal deliveries such as Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC) and Twin Vaginal Deliveries.

He is a strong advocate for the vaginal delivery and the promotion and dissemination of unbiased information regarding women’s options regarding both vaginal and Cesarean Section deliveries.  This is the major reason Dr. Novoa created the Novoa Women and Teen Centers, which offer patients obstetrical services with documented accountability.

Dr. Novoa’s delivery records are impressive.  He is currently the only Cosmetic OB/GYN doctor in El Paso who posts his monthly delivery statistics for patients to review and follow both here in the United States and internationally.  Currently, the recommended maximum national and international primary rate of Cesarean Section is between 15-25% as stated by Healthy People 2020 (US Department of Health and Human Services) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Unfortunately, current statistics have demonstrated that the rate of primary Cesarean Section (C/S) in the United States is between 32-35% and greater than 40% in Latin America.  Reports also state that an estimated 500,000 C/S done in the US are unnecessary with the majority of these procedures being performed by Board Certified OB/GYNs.

Dr. Novoa feels that by publicly stating his rate of primary and repeat C/S, as well as, his VBAC success rate, that this will push other doctors to do the same and that it will eventually become a requirement to maintain Board Certification through the American Board of Obstetricans and Gynecology (ABOG) or memberships through the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Currently, this type of monitoring is not a requirement for membership by either the ABOG or ACOG.

Currently, Dr. Novoa’s rate of primary C/S is between 5-10% as compared to 32-35% nationally and his rate of VBAC is 10-15% as compared to 30-40%.

Dr. Novoa also offers self-pay contracts for patients .  These services are offered through the Novoa Women and Teen Centers.  As a patient of the doctor, he will monitor your health and the health of your baby throughout your pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

Dr. Novoa also extends his services to most late transfer patients (those transferring to El Paso after the 28th week of pregnancy).

 

His Obstetrical Specialties include:

  • High Risk Deliveries
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Vaginal Twin deliveries
  • VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Cesarean section
  • VBA2c- Vaginal Birth After 2 Cesarean sections
  • Complicated Pregnancy
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Low Risk Pregnancy

 

Dr. Novoa suggests that you ask certain questions when choosing your obstetrician. Click here to view the YouTube video, “12 Questions to Ask your Obstetrician“.

4 responses to “Obstetrics

  1. April

    I recently found out I am pregnant,and realized that a couple weeks earlier I had seen the eclipse. Now I’m paranoid that this will affect my unborn. Do u think that pregnant women should not see an eclipse or is it all a myth?

    • There is absolutely no truth to harming an unborn child by watching either a solar or lunar eclipse. Except for issues related to looking at the UV rays of the Sun which could harm your eyes, watching an eclipse will not harm your unborn baby or cause any problems to you.

  2. Chary

    I’m 31 wks pregnant. My heart rate is 116-120 when I’m resting. I’m feeling a bit tired, more than normal. If i’m standing for 5 minutes or more, I start to feel nauseous and kind of dizzy. I don’t know if I need to worry or if that is normal. When should I start to worry?

    • Hi Chary,

      A standing heartrate of 116-120 bpm is considered tachycardiac, which is too high. Most often this is due to dehydration or low-grade fever. We need to discuss hydration and possibly doing a EKG. Please follow-up asap.

      Sincerely,

      Dr. Novoa

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