Pregnancy Specialist

The healthcare team at Embry Women’s Health in Mesa, Arizona can guide you through all stages of your pregnancy, from preconception planning to prenatal care to delivery. You’ll find that the skilled physicians at Embry Women’s Health are nearly as excited as you about your pregnancy. Contact the office today to schedule your first pregnancy care visit.


Pregnancy Q&A

What is preconception care?

Coming in for a visit before conception gives you the opportunity to discuss your pregnancy plans with one of the skilled nurse practitioners at Embry Women’s Health. Your practitioner will take the time to discuss your medical history, your family’s medical history, as well as your current health. She’ll answer your questions and discuss the ways you can take care of yourself before, during, and after pregnancy. The visit will include a physical exam, and the nurse practitioner may also order screening lab work and genetic testing.

Your preconception care discussion should include:

  • A nutritious diet
  • Routine exercise to prepare your body for pregnancy
  • Optimal control over diabetes
  • Supplements
  • Herbal remedies
  • Medications you should avoid
  • Folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects

What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care visits occur throughout pregnancy and are vital to the health and wellbeing of baby and mom. During these visits your provider will ask questions about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally as well as complete a limited physical exam. As your pregnancy progresses, the nurse practitioner will also monitor the fetal heart tones and measurements with every visit to ensure the baby is developing as expected. Prenatal care includes ultrasounds, routine lab work, and other diagnostic studies designed to provide information that may help prevent complications during pregnancy and birth. Embry Women’s Health offers access to highly advanced 3-D and 4-D ultrasound technology.

How often will I see the nurse practitioner during pregnancy?

It’s generally recommended you schedule your first prenatal visit as soon as you believe you’re pregnant. For the first several months, prenatal visits usually occur once a month. As you enter your 3rd trimester, health care providers generally recommend you come in for a check every 2 weeks, and then weekly during the last 3-4 weeks of pregnancy. If yours is a high risk pregnancy or you’re carrying more than one baby, the practitioner may want to see you more frequently during the 1st and 2nd trimesters. The nurse practitioners at Embry Women’s Health are highly trained and well-equipped to oversee routine and high-risk pregnancies.



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The ladies here at Embry Women’s Health really know how to treat people! I’ve been coming here since I moved to the area four years ago, and I am never disappointed. Nurse Lockwood and Dr. Embry always make time for their patients and make sure to get to the root of any problem you may have. They also have a gorgeous office with everything you could possibly need. The atmosphere is very cozy and calming and does not feel like a doctors office at all. My only suggestion to visitors is to book your appointments ASAP as they go quickly, and I get why! Sometimes when I have come here, I end up waiting a bit as they do tend to give that full attention and care to each patient, so it’s worth the wait. I just wish they could be my nurse/doctor for EVERYTHING 🙁

5 Stars – Yelp – 06/03/2018

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I have never had such a positive experience at a healthcare facility, not that I’ve had particularly negative ones, but I was pleasantly surprised the time Barbara Lockwood, NP took with me. She is very easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I’m so glad I found this practice!

5 Stars – Yelp – 12/29/2017


This was my first visit at this office and it was so much better then a visit I’ve had at a different gynecologist. The ladies were genuinely friendly and helpful and all very knowledgeable. They make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s so hard to find a gynecologist that fits your needs and I’m very happy to say I found mine.

5 Stars – Yelp – 4/10/2018



Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:

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Words from our patients

JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!

5 Stars – Yelp

Patient Image Yelp Layna HLayna H., Yelp

It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions.  I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.

5 Stars – 10/11/2018

Patient Image Kathy NKathy N., Yelp

Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Ashley DAshley D., Yelp

I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

Patient Image Shana EShana E., Yelp

“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”

5 stars – 09/28/2018

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