Pregnancy Specialist

Park Avenue Women's Center

OB-GYNs located in Yorkville, Upper East Side, New York, NY

Pregnancy is an exciting time as you bring a new life into the world, so it’s understandable that you want to make sure everything goes smoothly. At Park Avenue Women’s Center, Dr. Gila Leiter, Dr. Shari Leipzig, and Dr. Douglas Moss form an excellent team with years of experience in helping their patients in Yorkville, Upper East Side, New York City build the families of their dreams. To learn more about their comprehensive services, from routine to high-risk pregnancies, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to get started.

Pregnancy Q & A

How do I prepare for pregnancy?

If you want to get pregnant, there’s a lot you can to do prepare yourself in advance to optimize your health and increase your chances of having a healthy baby. The OB/GYNs at Park Avenue Women’s Center work with you to manage your medical conditions before pregnancy using an interdisciplinary approach, and can also provide:

  • Preconception counseling and testing
  • Genetic screening
  • Dietary counseling
  • Nutrition and exercise guidelines


What prenatal care do I need?

Once you receive your good news, your pregnancy advances quickly as your body changes to accommodate a growing fetus inside you. To make sure that you and your baby are healthy, the team at Park Avenue Women’s Center provides comprehensive prenatal care throughout your pregnancy to make sure important developmental milestones are met.

You should expect to see your obstetrician:

  • Every 3-4 weeks up to week 30
  • Twice a month between weeks 30-36
  • Weekly after week 36

As part of your prenatal care, your OB/GYN also performs first, second, and third-trimester ultrasounds, allowing you periodic glimpses of your growing baby. The team at Park Avenue Women’s Center works closely with you to allow you to remain as active as possible throughout your pregnancy and maintain a healthy diet and have optimal weight gain.

If you have cultural concerns, rest assured that your OB/GYN provides culturally-sensitive and compassionate care, while also providing state-of-the-art obstetrical care.


What if my pregnancy is high risk?

A high-risk pregnancy is any pregnancy where there’s a greater health risk for either the mother or the baby. The team at Park Avenue Women’s Center specializes in high-risk pregnancies, including:

Advanced maternal age (age 35 and older at time of conception)

  • Multiple pregnancies (twins and triplets)
  • Diagnosis and management of gestational diabetes
  • Pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease

If you fall under any of these categories, your OB/GYN monitors you more closely, which allows them to intervene quickly, if necessary.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, your OB/GYN works with your medical team to make sure your condition is well managed alongside your pregnancy.


What delivery options are there?

When it comes time for delivery at Mount Sinai Hospital on 5th Avenue, you have many choices to make, and the team at Park Avenue Women’s Center has the expertise and knowledge to see you through every scenario, including:

  • Labor with or without epidural, with or without a doula’s care
  • Vaginal birth
  • Vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC)
  • External cephalic version (ECV) if your baby is not in head-first position
  • Cesarean section

In addition to providing a number of birthing options, Park Avenue Women’s Center also offers umbilical cord stem cell collection for families. This preservation of your stem cells may prove valuable down the road for all members of your family.

To give you and your baby a great start in life, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.