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Dr. Laura Hanson Downing
Dr. Laura Hanson Downing
Obstetrician and gynecologist, Austin ObGyn Associates, Texas, US
“We as women are always evolving, and it’s beautiful! From a first visit to the OB-GYN, to navigating a pregnancy, to reaching menopause, women’s health is exciting and dynamic. Getting to walk alongside my patients through life’s changes is a privilege.”
— Dr. Laura Hanson Downing
Career Highlights
  • OB-GYN at ObGyn Associates, St. David’s Medical Center, Austin, TX
  • OB-GYN at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Houston, TX
  • Residency in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at UTHealth’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX, 2008–2012
  • Residency training in Da Vinci robotic surgery
  • Degree in Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science in biomedical science from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, graduated with university honors and magna cum laude, 2004
My Journey in Medicine

I chose to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology because I value the ability to connect with women and help them take care of their health as they journey through life. There is a special depth of trust between a patient and their OB-GYN, which I cherish and is what makes my specialty so unique. 

Guiding my patients through their pregnancies and being by their side as they deliver their babies is the most rewarding part of my work. Being a new mom gives me a deep appreciation for my pregnant patients and those wanting to start a family, and I look up to my patients who are entering perimenopause and menopause. 

My specific areas of interest within the field include high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive surgery. I’m also passionate about patient education. Each day, I’m driven to inspire and empower my patients through knowledge so we can make decisions together about their health. For my younger patients, I’m dedicated to educating them about their cycles, different methods of contraception, health care, and relationships. For those trying to get pregnant, I tell them about the importance of understanding their bodies and self-care. Pregnancy brings so many changes, both emotional and physical. My biggest piece of advice is to give yourself grace and get a good body pillow! 

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Flo, as I feel it’s a very powerful tool to learn about your body and give important information to your health care provider.

Fun Facts

My husband and I enjoy experiencing Austin’s vibrant music scene and spending time outdoors with our Catahoula pup. 

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