Women’s Health

At Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, we offer a continuum of care for women that includes Obstetrics and Gynecology, Breast Care Services, and the NRMC Women’s Health Center.


Natchitoches Regional Medical Center’s Obstetrics Department delivers more than 500 babies each year and celebrates with joy upon each new arrival.

Baby Friendly Initiative

NRMC is working toward being designated as a Baby Friendly hospital. This is an initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF to help babies get the best start they can by encouraging care practices for the moms and babies such as breastfeeding. The goal is to help moms understand the benefits to her baby when she breastfeeds while respecting the mom’s choice to make an informed decision.

OB Unit

Our Labor and Delivery Unit is designed with mom’s comfort and privacy in mind and offers comprehensive care for our obstetrical patients. 

There are four Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms, a surgery suite for Cesarean procedures, exam rooms, two post anesthesia rooms, three triage rooms, private rooms in the post-partum unit, and a state-of-the-art nursery.

The experienced nursing team includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and many others who work closely with the Obstetrics (OB) doctors to ensure the unique medical needs of each patient are met.

An important focus is the management of pain during the birthing experience. The staff is trained to assist the laboring mom with an individualized plan for pain control and comfort. A variety of techniques are used such as rocking, walking, aromatherapy, music and sound therapy, muscle relaxation, massages, heat/cold pack therapy and many more.

Additional services offered through the Labor and Delivery Unit include:

  • Antepartum testing
  • Pre-term labor management
  • Pregnancy induced hypertensive
  • Cervical incompetence management

Come for a Tour: Moms are welcome to tour the Obstetrics Unit and meet our nursing team. Please call (318) 214-4335 to schedule a visit.


The hospital provides imaging services as well as diagnostic testing and procedures for a wide range of gynecologic services including surgeries. Many surgical services are available through our Same Day Surgery Department, especially many of the laparoscopic procedures.

Common GYN Surgeries

  • Uterine or Endometrial Biopsy
  • Tubal Ligation 
  • Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of ovary)
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of fallopian tube and ovary)

Mammography and Breast Care

We offer state-of-the-art mammography services in a convenient and comfortable setting. Accredited by the American College of Radiology – a distinction held since 2004 – our Breast Care services are fully digital.

Our experienced mammography team includes radiologic technologists who are certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and radiologists on-site at the hospital.

Using digital mammography, our team captures clear images of the breast that radiologists use in making breast care evaluations. The computerized images are stored on the medical center’s Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACs) where doctors can compare images from year-to-year looking for any changes or differences. From routine screenings to diagnosis of breast disease to evaluation of non-malignant disorders including benign cysts, tumors, and breast pain, our team has one priority — to provide outstanding care.

NRMC OB/GYN Clinic also provides vacuum-assisted breast biopsy and breast needle localization for the diagnosis of breast cancer. The surgery department provides care for many cancer patients each year who need mastectomies or lumpectomies, lymph nodes removed and other surgeries.

All women age 40 and older or those with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to get a screening mammogram at age 40 and then annually thereafter. Remember: Early detection saves lives.

  • dr runkles birth unit obgyn natchitoches la

    Dr. Bailey Runkles

    NRMC OB/GYN Associates
    Address: 655 Bienville Circle
    Natchitoches, LA 71457


    Osteopathic School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Virginia
    Residency: Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa
    Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Phyllis Mason, MD - Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Phyllis Mason

    655 Bienville Circle

    Natchitoches, LA 71457



    Medical School:  Louisiana State University Medical Center-New Orleans

    Internship:  Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

    Residency:  Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Dr. Martin Aviles

    627 Bienville Circle

    Natchitoches, LA  71457



    Medical School:  Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine

    Internship:  Monmouth Medical Center

    Residency:  Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn

  • Dr. Moshood Olatinwo

    617  Bienville Circle

    Natchitoches, LA 71457



    Medical School:  Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

    Internship:  Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

    Residency:  Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria

    Fellowship:  University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England

For more information, please call (318) 238-3652.



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