NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center 

Personal and compassionate OB/GYN care for Santa Rosa women

The NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center was created to bring comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care to Sonoma County women. Our all-female team of physicians provides our patients with expert, up-to-date management and occasional surgical intervention for obstetrical and gynecologic issues. We have an extraordinary midwifery practice that has delivered compassionate and personalized attention for more than 18 years.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center providers include: Shazah Khawaja, MD, Melissa A. Seeker, MD, Amita Kachru, MD, Kirsten Eckert, CNM, Suzanne Saunders, CNM & Cecelia Rondou, CNM.

Northern California Medical Associates Women's OB/GYN Center

Each patient’s visit begins the moment she walks through our door. Our patients are relaxed and confident in knowing that we listen and they are heard. Our pleasant staff and focused providers will ensure patients leave every visit with their questions answered and with a medical plan in place to resolve any concerns.

We are proud to help with many important women’s health issues:

  • obstetrical,
  • general women’s health,
  • menopausal changes,
  • fitness,
  • weight loss,
  • teenage doldrums,
  • vaginal rejuvenation and more.

We provide an environment where you can openly and freely discuss whatever your concerns or dreams may be.

We invite you to experience NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center’s personal services. As women we play many roles in our lives and care for so many other individuals along the way. Allow our esteemed team to take care of your needs. It is our goal to empower women in their journey to achieve safe and excellent obstetric and gynecologic healthcare.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center’s physicians include Shazah Khawaja, MD, Melissa Seeker, MD and Amita Kachru, MD. The doctors at this practice share in the whole-body approach to medicine — meaning we always strive to find the underlying causes of a woman’s health problems rather than simply treating the symptoms.

Our team of health professionals is committed to both alleviating short-term ailments and maximizing long-term health. Visit NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center’s website to read more about our practice’s OB/GYN physicians, certified nurse midwives, and board-certified nurse practitioners.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center is an affiliate of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The practice partnered with Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) in 2014 to strengthen its network of experienced healthcare providers, directly benefiting patient access to healthcare specialists in the area. As women proudly serving women, we understand your needs and expectations. We look forward to providing you with the best experience possible.

Services offered

Pregnancy care
• Midwifery
Routine gynecologic checkups
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery
Incontinence solutions
Menopause care
Laser hair removal

Pregnancy care

Our experienced team of physicians, certified nurse midwives, and board-certified nurse practitioners deliver comprehensive, compassionate preconception, pregnancy, and post-partum care to our patients and their families in a comfortable environment close to home.
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Midwifery

Suzanne Saunders, Kirsten Eckert, Cecelia Rondou

Our certified nurse midwives: (L to R) Suzanne Saunders, Kirsten Eckert & Cecelia Rondou

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center’s experienced Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) offer expertise and tender care guidance to women during their childbearing years. Our CNMs are specially trained in providing healthcare to pregnant women from conception through labor and delivery. Many women opt to have a CNM serve as their primary healthcare providers during pregnancy. Maximizing the birth experience and the health of newborns and their mothers is our practice’s primary goal for pregnant patients. Achieving this goal requires expert knowledge about the gestation period and birthing process, as well as heightened empathy between providers and their patients.
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Routine gynecologic checkups

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center provides Sonoma County women with comprehensive gynecologic and obstetric care in a comfortable environment close to home. Routine visits in which your physician can exam, treat, and plan for future well being are essential to your long-term health. At a general check-up, your physician can answer any questions and identify issues you may have with your reproductive system before they become difficult to correct.

We strongly recommend that women be seen for routine gynecologic screenings annually unless otherwise indicated by your general practitioner. Check with your insurance provider to see if annual visits are covered, and discuss your gynecologic health with your general practitioner to hear what he or she recommends.
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Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery

Minimally invasive surgical procedures differ from conventional surgery in that they require smaller incisions and minimal damage to muscle tissue, cartilage, and bones, resulting in smaller scars and faster recoveries for eligible patients. NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center surgeons have special training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, providing eligible patients with the best possible outcomes. Your minimally invasive gynecologic surgery may include small vaginal incisions and the use of laparoscopes and other specialized equipment.

Melissa Seeker, MD provides gynecologic robotics services at Memorial Hospital with a focus on benign hysterectomies with a minimally invasive approach using the da Vinci® surgical system for our robotic procedures.

This exciting new procedure makes it possible for the surgeon to have 100% control of the robotic platform, which offers high definition 3D views and translates our hand movements into small, precise movements of the advanced EndoWrist® instruments. That means we have enhanced vision, dexterity and precision and our patients experience faster operating times, small incisions, reduced length of stay, and less conversion to open procedures on tough cases with scar tissue or fibroid uterus. (Read more …)

The following list includes the various surgical procedures offered at NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center:

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS)

  • Sacrocolpopexy
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Evaluation of pelvic pain
  • Hysteroscopic myomectomy (fibroids)
  • Laparoscopic myomectomy (fibroids)
  • Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic total hysterectomy
  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Gynecologic robotic-assisted surgery

Minimally invasive office procedures

  • Diagnostic hysteroscopy (to evaluate abnormal bleeding)
  • Essure tubal sterilization
  • Endometrial ablation (for heavy bleeding)
  • LEEP (for abnormal pap smears and cervical dysplasia)
  • Anesthetic blocks for pelvic or vulvar pain

Reconstructive pelvic surgery

  • Cystocele repair (fallen bladder)
  • Labiaplasty
  • Perineoplasty
  • Rectocele repair (fallen rectum)
  • Sling procedures for urinary incontinence
  • Uterine prolapse repair
  • Vaginal hysterectomy
  • Vaginal prolapse repair

Traditional abdominal surgery

  • Abdominal myomectomy (fibroids)
  • Endometriosis treatment
  • Total abdominal hysterectomy

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Incontinence solutions

Most incontinence problems occur when the pelvic floor is not functioning properly. The pelvic floor, also know as the pelvic diaphragm, is the set of muscles responsible for maintaining the right amount of pressure in the abdomen, as well as supporting pelvic organs. Some factors that may increase the risk of incontinence include pregnancy, vaginal delivery, trauma, surgery, and radiation, among others.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center providers understand the anxiety and social impairment that results from incontinence. We offer expertise in determining the underlying causes of incontinence and finding the best treatment for each individual to help women find relief from this crippling condition.
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Menopause care

Menopause marks the stage of a woman’s life when her body has transitioned from regularly producing estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries to its post-menopausal state. This process occurs naturally in women typically between the ages of 40 and 60, but there are natural causes and voluntary procedures that can induce menopause before the age of 40 (premature menopause). Symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, irregular periods, sleep difficulties, night sweats, mood swings and irritability as your body adjusts to new hormone levels.

Our physicians and nurses carry decades of experience providing professional, compassionate treatment and advice to women going through menopause, and it brings our practice great satisfaction to help ease the emotional and physical discomfort that comes with it.
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Laser hair removal

Traditional methods for removing hair like shaving, tweezing, and waxing can be very cumbersome and time-consuming for women. Laser hair reduction offers a safe and very effective medical procedure performed commonly in the U.S. to permanently terminate hair growth from unwanted areas. The procedure is extremely precise and takes only a few minutes to remove hair from small areas, such as the upper lip or chin, and about an hour to treat larger areas, such as the back or legs. The procedure works by exposing hair follicles to highly concentrating light pulses, prohibiting them from growing hair after exposure. Laser hair reduction may require 3–5 sessions for best outcomes, and when performed properly, the procedure successfully terminates hair growth from treated areas in approximately 90% of women.

While laser hair reduction is fast and easy for patients, it is still a medical procedure that requires an experienced physician and/or laser reduction nurse to ensure it is performed safely and effectively. Our physicians and laser reduction nurses carry years of experience in performing laser hair reduction and they take care to attend to any discomfort or bad reactions patients may have to the procedure.
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Location:

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center

500 Doyle Park, Suite 103
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: 707-579-1102
Fax: 707-579-1386