The Sterling Life

I believe that the emotional impacts of conditions such as pregnancy, birth, and menopause are just as important as the physical ones. The best doctors transcend the traditional Western Medicine model and treat the whole woman. When we are able to address the physical, mental and spiritual we are no longer just doctors, we are healers.

Dr. Christine Sterling, M.D is an award-winning Obstetrician and Gynecologist and mother who believes women deserve better.

Dr. Sterling obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Southern California, graduating summa cum laude. She then continued at USC for her medical degree where she fell in love with women’s health. Today she combines her passion for taking care of women with her drive to understand the mysteries of the brain and the mind-body connection. Dr. Sterling has been meditating since childhood and over the last decade has studied Buddhist, Transcendental and Mindfulness techniques. She is an expert in the cutting-edge science of the brain and well as the ancient Eastern philosophies of the mind. Her background in neuroscience and meditation plays a large role in her approach to women’s health.

Nowhere is this perspective more important, or more needed, than in the care of pregnant and postpartum women.

Dr. Sterling trained in both the traditional medical model of prenatal care, as well as the midwifery model at one of the most prestigious obstetric training institutions in the country, the University of Southern California. For her own pregnancy, Dr. Sterling studied a number of different birthing techniques and after 30 hours of unmedicated labor gave birth to a beautiful little girl. She supports women through medicated and unmedicated vaginal deliveries as well as unplanned and planned cesareans. She is passionate about ending birth shaming. She believes all mothers deserve to be honored regardless of how their births unfolded. Her unique training at USC as well as her personal experiences allow her to bridge the gap between the Western Medicine and holistic health care worlds and offer the best of both.

Beyond birth, Dr. Sterling advocates that all women receive preparation for the fourth trimester, a time of healing and transformation after birth, during their pregnancy. "From the very beginning of pregnancy women can be developing the skills that will serve them not only in birth but in the weeks and months that follow. Every woman should enter the fourth trimester supported and prepared."

Dr. Sterling’s pregnancy philosophy is born of deep passion for improving the lives mothers. Her philosophy is routed in science, backed by research, peppered with personal experiences and filled with love.