Congratulations – you are going to be a mother! Like most mothers, you hope for a relatively easy, uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby. Your first prenatal visit helps to create ideal conditions to achieve that goal.
This appointment will likely be the longest one of your pregnancy, because it provides a wealth of information. I gather health, medical, and family data to determine whether you might be in a high-risk pregnancy category. I know that new mothers (and their partners) have a lot of questions. Please bring a list, and I’ll do my best to answer them. This visit is your introduction to prenatal care, and a chance to start thinking about birthing options.
It is a common misconception that prenatal care is only for new mothers. It is vitally important for all expectant women. Every pregnancy is different. Your age has changed, and your health status or lifestyle may be different from when your last child was born. In addition, new tests, screening methods, and technologies are continually evolving to better monitor your health and your baby’s development.
Some people have strong convictions about accepting their gift of a child in whatever condition the powers that be see fit to create it. I respect the religious and moral stance of my patients. Prenatal care and testing is not intended to deter you from those beliefs. Rather, it gives you and me the opportunity to discuss and plan for your child’s safe delivery. Knowing what to expect allows me to be prepared with the right equipment, medications, and specialists if necessary.
While each subsequent appointment will get more exciting, none is more important to the outcome of your pregnancy than your first prenatal visit. Call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine at 855-346-8610 to schedule.
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.