Obstetricians/gynecologists at Lovelace offer personalized gynecological, reproductive and sexual health care to women of all ages. This includes the most advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures. Our care services are comprehensive with focused areas of expertise. We believe women deserve the best quality health care for their specific needs.

To schedule an appointment with one our women’s health physician experts:

Call 505.727.2727



Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period after delivery. Many obstetricians are also gynecologists, meaning they perform in both specialties. These physicians are commonly referred to as OB-GYNs.

Our goal is to create the best experience possible for babies and their parents. We offer educational classes, support and resources, and the security of knowing our highly skilled staff and specialized care for newborns are available around the clock. We offer 24/7 anesthesiology coverage, state-of-the-art C-section rooms, and other special services to provide our families with medically advanced, compassionate care during one of life’s most important moments.

Nothing is more natural than delivering a child, and Lovelace is here for you every step of the way to make sure your delivery is as comfortable as possible. We offer the best care from a broad spectrum of birthing options. Whether you are considering a natural birth or a traditional delivery, you can feel confident that Lovelace is here for you.

Labor and Delivery services include

  • 24/7 OB anesthesia
  • Antenatal testing
  • Antepartum care
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Family planning
  • Hydrotherapy during labor with jacuzzi/jetted tubs
  • Lactation services
  • Natural Birthing Center
  • Obstetrics and midwifery services
  • Traditional and High-risk OB
  • Vaginal delivery after C-Section (VBAC program)

Childbirth Education Classes


Lovelace helps bring more than 3,000 babies into the world each year with the help of our dedicated obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, obstetrical anesthesiologists, neonatalogists, perinatologists and nurses. Our certified nurse midwives have advanced training in prenatal care, birthing and well-woman care. 

At Lovelace Medical Group, our talented team of obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and qualified nursing staff will become familiar with your health history and guide you in forming a pregnancy plan that is ideal for you and your family. We will provide you with information regarding pregnancy symptoms, delivery methods, nutrition, risk factors, and fertility optimization.

Our qualified team is trained to handle normal pregnancies and those with complications. We are excited to be part of your prenatal care and delivery, so that you and your newborn are as safe, healthy and comfortable as possible.



Lovelace Birthing Centers are committed to providing exceptional, comfortable, and convenient care. Whether you deliver at Lovelace Women's Hospital or Lovelace Regional Hospital, you can be assured you will be surrounded by caring and compassionate physicians, nurses and midwives in a supportive, soothing environment.

Family Birthing Center

Throughout labor, delivery and recovery our new mothers stay in one of our comfortable, private, birthing suites. Equipped with the latest technology, each room is designed for a relaxed, comfortable birth experience. 

  • 24/7 OB anesthesia
  • Antenatal Testing Unit
  • Antepartum Unit
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Hydrotherapy during labor with jacuzzi/jetted tubs
  • Lactation services
  • Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Maternal-fetal medicine program with 24/7 coverage
  • Natural birth option
  • Obstetrics & midwifery services
  • Prenatal assessment
  • Traditional & High-risk OB
  • Vaginal delivery after C-Section (VBAC program)
  • 24/7 OB anesthesia
  • Antenatal Testing Unit
  • Antepartum Unit
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Lactation services
  • Prenatal assessment
  • Traditional & High-risk OB
  • Vaginal delivery after C-Section (VBAC program)

Natural Birthing Center

The Natural Birthing Center at Lovelace Women's Hospital focuses on a more natural delivery, providing women who prefer to avoid medications and medical intervention a safe delivery environment. 

It's important to talk with your delivery team - including your family and your medical providers - about the type of delivery you would like to expereince. 

In addition to our hydrotherapy tubs for laboring, you may choose to use birthing balls, chairs, the side of the bed, or other positions of comfort for delivery. 

  • Four private labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms with hydrotherapy tubs
  • 18 private patient rooms for postpartum recovery
  • Two fireplaces create ambience in lobby areas
  • Staffed with certified nurse midwives and OB/GYNs
  • Home-like atmosphere with warm finishes and soothing colors
  • In-room sleeping accommodations for a guest
  • Wood style flooring
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Wi-Fi


Expert Care

Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Pregnancy)

Offering peace of mind for the expectant mom.

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, our Maternal Fetal Medicine program includes prenatal diagnosis and consultation, specialized fetal care, and a full range of diagnostic testing.

Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists are committed to communicating and closely collaborating with the obstetricians. We'll work closely with your obstetrician, midwife or family physician to evaluate a range of conditions.

  • Bleeding/clotting disorders
  • Diabetic education
  • Fetal anomalies
  • Genetic disorders
  • Genetic counseling
  • G.R.A.C.E. transitions
  • Heart disease
  • HIV
  • Hypertension or preeclampsia
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney disease
  • Labor of Love
  • Lupus or other auto-immune diseases
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Pre-term labor
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Suspected intrauterine growth retardation
  • Ultrasound services

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program @
Lovelace Women's Hospital

4705 Montgomery Blvd NE, Ste 301
Albuquerque, NM 87109

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program @
Lovelace Women's Hospital - Santa Fe

460 St. Michaels Drive, Suite 505
Santa Fe, NM 87505


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

In the event that your baby is born prematurely or needs special care, our state-of-the-art NICU is here to serve you.

In our NICU, a skilled medical and nursing staff cares for infants at the age of viability, as young as 23 weeks gestation. Board-certified neonatologists lead a specialized team of nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers and other caregivers who work together to provide the best, most advanced and compassionate care for your baby.

Our expanded 53-bed NICU offers state-of-the-art technological support in a quiet, home-like environment with 24/7 in-house neonatologist coverage and a knowledgeable, caring NICU nursing staff.

  • Case management and social services
  • Coffee hour for NICU families
  • Complete discharge education, including infant CPR training, to ensure a successful transition from the NICU to home
  • Consultations with pediatric specialists if needed
  • Developmental rehabilitation
  • Family support services
  • Isolation rooms
  • Lactation consultants
  • Lactation room for privacy
  • March of Dimes liaison to assist with family support and integration
  • Neonatal nutrition care and dietary counseling
  • NICU-specialized respiratory therapists
  • Open visiting hours to encourage and support your involvement in the care of your baby
  • Ophthalmology and cardiopulmonary specialists to provide testing, monitoring and, if needed, intervention
  • Overnight transition rooms for parents who need further education and preparation before going home
  • Parent and family lounge equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, television, and coffee available around the clock
  • Skin-to-skin care (kangaroo care)
  • Support from community resources, including partnerships with Ronald McDonald House and Casa Esperanz, to provide temporary housing for out-of town parents
  • Trained physical & occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to help facilitate feeding and swallowing success and ensure proper positioning and movement



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Are you pregnant or do you know someone who is pregnant and struggling with addiction, substance use or on Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)? Lovelace Health System’s Giving Respect and Compassion to Expecting (G.R.A.C.E.) mothers program is here to support you and your family! Our health care providers will work with you to establish a treatment plan for your pregnancy.

If you use heroin, fentanyl or opioids, it’s very important to talk to your doctor before quitting. This will help avoid experiencing withdrawals for you, and your baby.


Moms enrolled in the G.R.A.C.E. program will receive prenatal care at a Lovelace Medical Group clinic, where we offer treatment based on each person’s needs. Moms will be supported throughout their pregnancy, during their hospital stay for delivery at Lovelace Women’s Hospital, and in the first weeks after birth. Lovelace’s G.R.A.C.E. program can help moms who are using, or addicted to:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin/Fentanyl
  • Marijuana/pot
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opioids/prescription drugs
  • Tobacco/nicotine

Our goal is to make your pregnancy and delivery as healthy as possible. For more information or schedule an appointment, call 505.727.5000.

Our Services

  • Access to Labor of Love, a maternity support program
  • Case management support
  • Community referrals
  • Compassionate care for mom and baby
  • Comprehensive NICU care
  • High risk pregnancy consults
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use
  • Prenatal services available at three Lovelace Medical Group locations



Gynecology is a specialized branch of medicine that deals with the health and care of women. Gynecologists often specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.


  • Annual exams
  • Birth control
  • Breast and pelvic exams
  • Colposcopic examinations
  • Counseling:
    • Adolescent health
    • Family planning
    • Menopause
    • PMS
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • STD exposure
  • Endometrial biopsies
  • Hormone replacement
  • Infertility treatment
  • Cervical LEEP procedures
  • Pap smears
  • Pre-conceptual counseling
  • School and work physicals
  • Surgical procedures
  •  Ultrasound
  • Menstrual concerns
    • Absent
    • Painful
    • Heavy
  • Incontinence of urine
  • Infections


Acessa Procedure

Studies have shown over 70% of women have uterine fibroids, which can cause heavy menstruation, pelvic pain, painful sex and frequent urination.

The Acessa Procedure is a minimally invasive procedure to treat uterine fibroids and doesn’t require a hysterectomy. The procedure treats almost all sizes and locations of fibroids –including those both outside and inside the uterine walls. It requires no cutting or suturing of uterine tissue, and patients typically go home the same day, meaning less pain and a quicker recovery.

The good news is your don’t have to travel far from home - Lovelace Women’s Hospital is the only facility in the state of New Mexico performing the Acessa Procedure.

For more information on the minimally invasive Acessa procedure, call 505.727.6742.


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Bethany Barrow, M.D., FACOG
Obstetrics, Gynecology

Brenda Beck, CNM

Brenda Beck, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Tambra Bensch, CNM

Tambra Bensch, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Asit Bhatt, MD

Asit Bhatt, M.D., FACOG, MRCOG
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Christina Chaney, CNM, MSN

Kathleen Coco, CNM

Rebecca Dworkin, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Rachel Garcia, CNM, IBCLC

Patricia Heinz, CNM

Patricia Heinz , CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Aubrey Huerta, PA
Obstetrics, Gynecology

Erin Joslin-Gay, CNM, CNP
Women's Health

Wendy Kimmelman, CNM

Wendy Kimmelman, CNM

Mary Rose Korduner, RN, BSN, CNM, MS, SANE-A
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Melynda Lopez, CNM

Melynda Lopez, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Amy Macleod, CNM, MSN
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Audra McKillip-Heard, MSN, CNM, RN

Candace Reid, CNM

Candace Reid, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Regan Riley, D.O., MPH, FACOG
Obstetrics, Gynecology

Melissa Scott, CNM

Melissa Scott, DNP, CNM
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Jessie Simmon, M.D., MSc
Obstetrics, Gynecology

Sureyya Stone, CNM, MSN, BSN, BS

Joel Teicher, M.D.

Joel Teicher, M.D., FACOG
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Michelle Underwood, PA-C

Michelle Underwood, PA-C, MPAS
Gynecology, Obstetrics

Dhyana Velasco, M.D.
Obstetrics, Gynecology