As one of Touro’s newest OBGYN physicians, Dr. Jamie Sias brings a modern, patient-centered approach to her practice and welcomes her patients’ desires to employ alternative birthing options. “We’re moving away from seeing pregnancy as a burden and moving toward seeing it as a normal and natural part of the life cycle,” Dr. Sias explained. “I educate my patients so that they can be fully engaged in their pregnancies and births.”
Dr. Sias’ story mirrors that of many New Orleans transplants: “I came here in 1999 for my undergraduate studies at Xavier University, and I knew I wanted to stay.” When she was offered the opportunity to practice at Touro, where she’d had the chance to study during medical school, she eagerly accepted. Today, she is a part of Crescent City Physicians and is steadily building a base of patients who she hopes will be with her long-term.
Why obstetrics and gynecology?
My specialty chose me. I grew up on a farm in Opelousas, Louisiana, where my family raised cows. When I was seven, I got to help the veterinarian deliver a breeched calf. The experience made a huge impression on me. I thought that being able to bring a new life into the world was just the coolest thing. When I went to medical school, I completed a rotation with Dr. Rebecca Perret [of Crescent City Physicians] and that solidified it for me.
Do you have other roles outside of your clinical practice?
I am a mentor at Xavier University in the pre-med department. I have been invited to speak about women’s health at some of the local churches. I am incredibly passionate about community outreach, as I realize that is a way that we can impact so many young women and men.
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
What most challenges you?
In medical school, we learn how to care for patients, but it’s not until beginning to practice in the community that we begin to learn how to run a practice and all that it entails. There are good, long-awaited challenges that I can’t wait to tackle.
What have you found most rewarding so far?
I enjoy the constant interaction with patients. In OBGYN, we get to see our patients throughout their lifespan: when they’re born, as they grow up, when they have their babies and later in life when they go through menopause. I’ve really enjoyed beginning to cultivate those relationships.
How do you make first-time patients feel comfortable?
I just take the time to talk to them and show them up front that I’m going to be honest with them. Once they get to know me and I get to know them, we can have open and honest conversation.
How do you educate your pregnant patients on their birthing options?
For women with low-risk pregnancies, I’ll provide resources about birthing classes, what they can expect, what the different birthing options are and, if they’re interested, I’ll put them in touch with a doula or a birthing coach. For first-time teenage mothers, I refer them to a nurse-partnership program to help them through the pregnancy and postpartum experiences. For all of my pregnant patients, the whole goal is a healthy pregnancy and birth. I believe in providing as much information as possible so that my patients can make their own informed decisions.
I’m lucky because Touro embraces alternative birthing. They have the capabilities to offer water births and they work with midwives. I love that I can offer these options to my patients.
What else do you like about working for Touro?
The family-friendly atmosphere. Touro is a place where patients are treated with kindness and care — as people and not just as patients.
4000 Bienville Street, Ste. B
New Orleans, LA 70119
3322 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117
LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Obstetrics and Gynecology
“I always equate a patient to a loved one. I approach each patient by thinking how I would want someone to treat my mother, my sisters or my nieces.”