OB/GYN care for every stage of a woman's life
Saratoga OB/GYN and Midwifery Myrtle Street takes a compassionate, collaborative approach to women's healthcare. Whether you turn to us to deliver your baby, provide routine preventative care and screenings, or perform advanced minimally invasive surgery, you can count on us to listen to your concerns, discuss your options, and answer your questions. At every stage of your life, we provide the high-quality, personalized care that every patient deserves.
We are a team of highly skilled and highly credentialed OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners who share a commitment to patient-centered care and to our community. Our patients benefit from an approach that emphasizes best practices, respects women's choices, and offers easy access to the latest treatments and diagnostic technology.
"All of us understand that what is right for one patient may not be the best choice for another. We are committed to empowering each patient with information and options in a team environment, supporting her decision with respect and the utmost compassionate, quality care."
– Amy Knoeller, MD
"Our highly skilled midwives are dedicated to spending time with our patients to provide the best in personalized, patient-centered care. We are a nurturing source of strength and support through labor and delivery, and through any time of change a woman may face in her overall health and wellness."
– Jennifer Kittell, MS, CNM
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We have 3 convenient office locations for our patients to choose from. For location specific information, please click one below.
Each childbirth experience is uniquely memorable, and William J. Hickey Women’s Health Services (Mother/Baby Unit) is dedicated to providing the quality and comfort you need to welcome the newest addition to your family.
Services and amenities include:
- Comfortable, private birthing suites, with overnight accommodations for a support person.
- State-of-the-art surgical suites for cesarean (C-section) births.
- Patient-centered, gentle C-section deliveries, including clear drapes that allow moms to see their baby's first movement.
- Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
- Aromatherapy to help ease stress during labor.
- A variety of pain management options, including inhaled nitrous oxide (laughing gas).
- In-house 24/7 coverage by certified nurse midwives and neonatal hospitalists.
- Mother and baby care that supports rooming in, encouraging mother and baby to stay together and get to know each other.
- Breastfeeding assistance from RN lactation consultants and a board-certified lactation counselor.
- Family-centered education programs, including childbirth preparation, prenatal yoga, breastfeeding, and infant care.
- Home health support for patients who are discharged early.
- Breastfeeding support group.
- Follow-up care and other services to help keep your family healthy.
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The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion for a family and our community. To celebrate and share the news with our staff, patients, and visitors, we announce each birth by sounding a subtle chime over our public address system.
*The chime being used is licensed under Creative Commons.
Our OB team provides the care and support you need throughout your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period, including care for patients with high-risk pregnancies. To help ensure a rewarding birth experience and smoother transition to motherhood, our mother/baby education programs cover topics ranging from prenatal yoga to childbirth preparation to breastfeeding to infant care.
We offer early and regular prenatal care dedicated to the best health of you and your baby. Together, we’ll establish a baseline of your health, conduct lab work, and watch for any changes. We’ll discuss nutrition, exercise, what to expect, and all your options through our collaborative physician-midwife care model, so you can choose the birthing experience that’s right for you. After your baby is born, we’ll continue our compassionate care with postnatal services to help you and your newborn maintain good health at home.
Our providers offer expert care and advice for women experiencing breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, and low milk production. Our compassionate and experienced team will help address any additional concerns, such as meeting breastfeeding goals while returning to work or school, care and use of breastfeeding equipment, and safe storage of expressed milk. Also, we are a milk depot for the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast (MMBNE).
Obstetrics’ family-centered approach to maternity care includes programs to support the entire family, working in concert with our Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Midwifery and Women’s Health Services providers. These programs help the whole family confidently welcome your newborn home.
Ultrasound is a gentle, noninvasive imaging technique that allows the patient and obstetrician to view and monitor every step of the pregnancy. Our practice is proud to offer First Trimester Genetic Screening, including Nuchal Lucency screening for Down syndrome. While ultrasound services are conveniently offered at Myrtle Street, patients are welcome to utilize any one of our imaging locations. Our lab offers the convenience of on-site leading-edge equipment to process many lab tests for same day results.
Your provider will counsel you on a well-balanced and varied diet, foods to avoid, and the use of nutritional supplements in pregnancy. As your caloric requirements change and issues arise, we’ll continue to provide nutritional counseling throughout your pregnancy.
Our collaborative physician-midwife model of care has proved to be the best approach for mothers and newborns. It also helps ensure that, as much as possible, families have the experience they want during childbirth.
For prenatal and postpartum care, you choose the physician or nurse midwife you're most comfortable with. If you have a routine labor and vaginal delivery, most likely a midwife will deliver your baby. OB/GYN physicians are always available. They also handle all higher-risk deliveries.
We offer screenings to determine any risk to your pregnancy, such as alcohol and substance abuse, smoking, prior pregnancy loss, family history, disease or other condition. We can arrange for Saratoga Hospital’s neonatologist to meet with you, as well, to prepare you for caring for your newborn should there be concern for neonatal abstinence syndrome or other conditions. We have a longstanding relationship with Albany Med’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and can assure a smooth continuity of services between both hospitals.
Our providers will discuss basic infant care with you and your family, answering any questions you may have. Saratoga Hospital also provides an informative Infant Care Class, a two-evening session for expectant and adoptive parents. Topics include newborn characteristics and behavior, hospital routines, daily care and bathing, diapering, swaddling, feeding issues, crying, colic, as well as safety and health information, such as SIDS risk factors and car seat safety.
We offer vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) as an option for some women who have delivered via C-section in the past. If you're interested in VBAC, talk with your provider as early in your pregnancy as possible to determine if this is a good option for you and your baby.
We provide comprehensive gynecology care for women of all ages, including women's health exams and screenings, birth control counseling, osteoporosis care, menopause management, urinary incontinence treatments, and more. Our team includes experts in minimally invasive surgery for conditions such as abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and polyps, and pelvic pain.
Regular, routine gynecological exams can assure your continued reproductive health and are your best bet for prevention or early diagnosis of cancer or other conditions. Exams typically include an evaluation of your current health, breast exam, and pelvic exam. We’ll discuss any changes you’ve been experiencing or questions you may have, and provide vaccinations if needed, including human papillomavirus (HPV).
Your contraception needs can change over time. We're here to help you decide on the best birth control method at each stage of your life. Our understanding providers will have a confidential, open conversation about your options and will answer any questions you may have.
We can help you manage any discomfort you may experience during your monthly periods or menopause. We’ll discuss lifestyle changes such as diet, stress reduction, and exercise, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), diuretics, hormonal contraceptives, hormone therapy, vaginal estrogen, low-dose antidepressants and other medications targeted to specific symptoms.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not uncommon. Also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), these infections include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes. Left untreated, STIs can lead to infertility or other complications. If you have symptoms, it's important to get tested. That's the only way to know if they're caused by an STI or some other condition. And the sooner you know, the better. We are here to answer your questions, discuss methods of prevention, and provide treatment so you can maintain the best possible reproductive health.
As northeastern New York's Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology, we offer advanced laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery to treat conditions, including abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, and pelvic pain. These minimally invasive procedures offer significant benefits, including reduced discomfort, less blood loss and scarring, and shorter recovery times. Depending on the procedure and your condition, you may be able to return home the day of your surgery.
An endometrial biopsy is the removal of a small sample of the lining of your uterus. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and provides needed information for diagnosis of various conditions or disease, to evaluate fertility, or to measure your response to hormone therapy.
Infertility is fairly common—about 10 percent of childbearing-aged women have difficulty becoming or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some common causes of infertility in women include ovulation disorders, maternal age, tubal occlusion, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and endometrial polyps, among others. Our compassionate team offers a thorough evaluation and can discuss treatments with you, from simple changes in intercourse technique to surgery, as well as referrals for in vitro fertilization.
Our compassionate gynecology and oncology teams are specialists in diagnosing and treating cancers that are located on a woman’s reproductive organs, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer, cervical cancer, and vulvar cancer. Should abnormal results appear on routine exams, we will have a conversation with you about next steps to identify and treat the finding. We’ll discuss all of your options, including surgical, chemotherapeutic, or radiation, so that together we can outline the best treatment regimen for you.
A colposcopy is a simple diagnostic procedure that allows a magnified, illuminated examination of your cervix, vagina, and vulva for signs of disease, such as cancer. Typically, this screening is requested upon results of an abnormal pap smear.
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