Drs. Jenkins, Roy, Ramirez and Ikwuagwu are known for providing quality, compassionate care to women of Katy, TX. All three doctors are board-certified in obstetrics, and our clinic offers services including pre-pregnancy, pre-natal, and post-natal care. Many of our patients ask about the risks of pregnancy later in life.
Bringing a child into the world is a big step, involving infinite changes in your health and your family. A growing number of women are choosing to wait longer to have children. For generations, the average age of a woman giving birth was in her twenties. As of 2016, the number of women giving birth in their thirties surpassed those in their twenties.
There are many reasons for this trend, including financial and career considerations, or development of a stable family framework. However, one of the most significant factors is improvements in modern medical care. The risk of infertility or pregnancy complications is higher for older moms, but good obstetric care can help mitigate those risks.
Many people maintain good health, high energy levels, and youthful appearances through their thirties, forties, and beyond. You probably wouldn’t describe the age of 35 as “late” in life – and in most respects, it certainly is not. However, it is late in the fertile stage of life, making motherhood a bit more challenging.
For most women, fertility begins to decrease at the age of 32, and the decline accelerates after the age of 37. On average, pregnancies after age 35 are more likely to be difficult, and they carry a higher risk for several reasons:
If you’ve passed your twenties, is it too late for motherhood? No! In fact, it is not too late to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, you need to be extra diligent in self-care, even before you become pregnant.
Planned pregnancies have a huge advantage, because you have the opportunity to optimize your health. No matter what your age, if you:
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.