The knowledgeable gynecologists at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center -- Dr. Peter Weiss, Dr. Rebecca Brown, Dr. Kathleen Valenton, Dr. Quy Nguyen, and Dr. Jennifer Chen-- believe that comprehensive pregnancy care is necessary for an excellent pregnancy experience. They offer their expertise at their practice in Beverly Hills, California, to guide women through both normal and high-risk pregnancies. Contact their practice today to learn more about the services they offer.
A high-risk pregnancy involves a life or health threat to either the mother or the fetus. Early and regular prenatal care is recommended for most women, to encourage a healthy pregnancy and delivery process. However, some women face risks regardless of abiding by these processes.
For a variety of reasons, some women do face risks for complications, despite early prenatal care. Thus, expect your doctors at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center to ask you to detail your psychosocial, medical, obstetrical, and family history at your first prenatal visit. Risk factors for a high-risk include, but are not limited to:
Existing health conditions
These include high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, obesity, Hepatitis B or C, HIV/AIDS, etc. These traits can either put you at risk for complications or be passed on to your infant.
Pregnant teens are prone to developing low-birth-weight babies, high blood pressure, and preterm birth. They also tend to go into labor earlier than more mature women. Women over 35 who are experiencing their first pregnancy, also risk having a cesarean section, delivery complications, prolonged labor, labor that doesn’t progress, or an infant with a genetic disorder.
These include alcohol use and cigarette use. Lifestyle factors can put your fetus at risk for health complications.
Conditions of pregnancy
Certain pregnancy conditions put women at a higher risk for complications than a normal pregnancy experience. Some instances include multiple gestations (being pregnant with more than one child (ex. Twins, triplets), gestational diabetes, placenta previa, history of preterm birth, and preeclampsia and eclampsia.
Receiving care is crucial for women facing high-risk pregnancies. It’ll ensure the healthiest pregnancy experience possible to foster carrying the infant or infants to term.
Although certain health and genetic conditions make it impossible to prevent a high-risk pregnancy if you’re prone, you can take measures to lower the risk. The physicians at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center provide preconception counseling which is a consultation prior to getting pregnant. Staying healthy through diet and exercise, and avoiding smoking and alcohol, can help minimize risks, in addition to taking certain steps during your pregnancy such as the following:
Seeking prenatal care from your OB/GYN should be a part of every pregnant woman’s routine. Pregnancy changes your body, your emotions, and your life, placing physical and emotional stress on your body. Your doctor will support you through one of the major bodily changes of your life.
Your first prenatal appointment should typically be about eight to ten weeks into your pregnancy. Your OB/GYN provider will then determine your following appointments based on your progress and needs.
"They were excellent in finding out what was wrong with my son. I had just come from the Children's hospital. These people know what they are doing."
"The staff was friendly and helpful. Dr Brown was super cool, very professional, a sense of humor , she made me feel very comfortable."
"I thought she was terrific! I didn't wait very long, she is very knowledgable and smart, easy to talk to..."
"If you are lucky enough to see Doctor Rebecca Brown, you are in caring, friendly, experienced hands..."
"Dr Rebecca Brown is just great. Knowledgeable, friendly, listens and takes notes and answers questions."
"...As far as Rodeo Drive Health Center, I have been going there for well over 4 years and love the place as it is all women and you feel very comfortable."
"Dr. Valenton is awesome! If it weren't for her, I probably would have ended up with a c-section. Nothing wrong with a c-section, but she respected my desire..."
"I've been with Dr. Brown since 2008 and cannot say enough good things about her. She takes her time and listens and REMEMBERS many things about you! I LOVE that..."
"In short, Dr. Brown is fantastic; she's knowledgeable, professional, and extremely friendly. You can be assured that she will take good care of your needs."
"Dr. Brown is phenomenal! I ❤her with all my heart! She delivered my 2 daughters, has the greatest bedside manner, and always makes time for you!"
"Dr. Weiss is one of the best I have come across. As a healthcare professional he is just absolutely first rate. As a fellow human - simply a wonderful, caring..."
"Dr Weiss and the staff have proven to me that all other children I may have in the future will only be cared for by him..."
"Dr Weiss is an amazing doctor and person. I'm honored to know him."
"I love Dr Valenton she's so easy to talk to always makes me feel very comfortable and she's very understanding."
"I instantly knew Dr. Valenton would be my new go to OBGYN when delivering my second baby (19 years after my first born) after our initial appointment."
"Professional with a wonderful bedside manner. Not only is she intelligent, she is extremely personable."
"The first time I met her, she made me feel at ease and made me feel like we've known each other for a while. It takes a special doctor to have great bedside manner."
"His caring nature, calm attitude, and professionalism immediately made me feel comfortable when I first met him."
"Dr. Nguyen went above and beyond during the consultation and the exam, but what really stood out was how well he explained everything thoroughly and had the patience..."
"...We called Dr. Nguyen's office and he was able to see us right away! He performed a thorough ultrasound and was able to reassure us that everything was fine."
The staff and doctors are kind and very helpful. The atmosphere is very inviting. Filling out the medical forms was painless, due to their use of ipads to collect info.