Healthy Start Preconception Planning

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If you are thinking about starting a family, don't miss our exclusive preconception planning event. Find out what you and your partner can do before you get pregnant to give your baby a healthy start.

  • Enjoy a complimentary breakfast or dinner*
  • Gain new insights on reproductive planning, reducing risks and optimizing health,  your partner’s role and more
  • Spend one-on-one time with a leading obstetrician and maternity nurse specialist and get your questions answered
  • Join us for a personal, guided tour
  • Take home a special gift bag

*Breakfast is provided at our Saturday morning events. Dinner provided at our weekday evening events.

Why Plan?

What you do before pregnancy is just as important as what you do during pregnancy.

Planning to start your family can be an exciting time. For many couples, getting ready for a new arrival often begins once you confirm you are expecting. Everyone knows the importance of prenatal care, but by the time you learn you are pregnant, you may have already missed a critical window of opportunity to ensure a healthy start and boost the lifelong potential for your child.

To prepare for the best pregnancy possible, preconception planning is essential.There is evidence that many preconception interventions can reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as birth defects, miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm delivery.

Our HealthyStart Preconception Planning event focuses on steps you and your partner can take to reduce risks, promote a healthy lifestyle and increase your readiness for pregnancy.

Topics include:

  • Reproductive planning
  • Family history & genetic factors
  • Health considerations
  • Undiagnosed medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Nutrition & supplements
  • Exercise
  • Immunizations
  • Mental health & stress
  • Environmental exposures
  • Substance abuse
  • Activities, travel & recreation
  • Fears about pregnancy
  • Work related issues
  • Your partner’s role
  • Preconception care

All parents want what is best for their child. We invite you to join us to learn more about what you can do to help give your baby a healthy start even before conception occurs.

OB Partner

To best serve couples who are planning to start a family, we are proud to partner with some of the most exceptional obstetricians in South Orange County.

Kenneth James, MDKenneth James, MD

Dr. James is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who moved out to Laguna Beach from New York City in January 2007 where he had been in private practice for 14 years.

He graduated from the University of Rochester and then completed medical school at the Chicago Medical School. His OB/GYN training was done at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and then began his career in private practice in NYC. He built a large, respected and successful practice and his patients were sad to see him leave the NYC area.

Dr. James has a tremendous passion for obstetrics. He specializes in low and high risk obstetrics. He has extensive experience in all types of pregnancy issues. For example: hypertensive disorders, diabetes, preterm labor and multiple gestation. He is also very skilled in operative deliveries and cesarean sections.

Gynecologically he loves spending time talking with his patients about preventive care. He is very thorough when following his patients with their routine gynecologic care. He spends equal time with all his patients whether adolescent, reproductive age or menopausal. Dr. James is very competent in a multitude of surgical procedures. He enjoys laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, vaginal and abdominal procedures. He spends plenty of time discussing all the options with each patient in order to readily prepare them for their procedure.

He comes from an extended family of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. His father, Dr. David James, whom he practiced with for 8 years, was a highly respected OB/GYN in New York. Dr. James' brother Richard also found his passion in Obstetrics and is taking over the family business in New York. Ken's Uncle Geoffrey James and Cousin Jason James as well are a father-son duo in Miami, Florida and Cousin Raymond Poliakin is a practicing OB/GYN here in Thousand Oaks, California. These are truly generations of physicians with a passion for caring and treating women.

Dr. James has a wonderful family. He has been married to his college sweetheart Mara for 19 years and they have 3 great children: Brian, 16; Scottie, 13; and Alexa, 10. Dr. James enjoys spending as much time with them as possible playing sports, helping them with homework and projects and just spending quiet time together.

About Us

There are many decisions you need to make when planning to start a family, but none is as important as choosing the right place to deliver your new bundle of joy.

Over 25 Years of Special Deliveries

For over 25 years, we’ve been providing exceptional care to new moms and their little miracles. Expert physicians and experienced, supportive nurses are just the beginning. It’s our unique little touches that add up to a truly extraordinary experience.

The Basics and Beyond

Each of our newly renovated, private labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) suites is designed to provide a calm, nurturing environment where you, your baby and family can bond. To ensure your care and comfort, we are one of the only area hospitals to offer obstetricians, anesthesiologists and neonatologists on site 24/7, which means we are always ready to deliver when you are.

Over the years, we’ve gained extensive experience in the delivery of multiple births. We also support births by surrogate moms, so couples who cannot have children on their own can become a family through this option. And our experienced staff offers a wide range of childbirth education classes to ensure you have the support you need both before and after your delivery.

Expert Care for Our Tiniest Patients

Every newborn is special to us. But sometimes babies arrive a little too early or have needs that require special attention. We hope you never need us, but should the need arise, our on-site, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stands ready to care for infants requiring immediate, advanced care. Our expertise in caring for premature and medically fragile infants gives you peace of mind when you need it most.

Map and Directions

Map & Directions

Contact Us

Saddleback Memorial - Laguna Hills

The Women's Hospital
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
United States
Phone: (949) 837-4500

Future Events

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Our next HealthyStart Preconception Planning event is scheduled for:
Tuesday, November 15
Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Program & Tour: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Presenter: Kenneth James, MD