Obstetrics - Women's Health
Having a baby is an exciting time in your life. The birth of your baby is a deeply personal experience. From prenatal care through labor and delivery, our skilled providers offer supportive, compassionate care for you and your baby.
By choosing to receive care from our highly qualified, board certified obstetrician/gynecologists, you take and important step toward you and your baby's best health. Out specialists are attuned to your individual needs as a woman- providing care, support and guidance based on your personal needs and goals.
What to Expect at Your First OB Visit and Beyond
Your first OB visit will happen between 8 - 10 weeks of pregnancy and will include three separate appointments on the same day.
- First appointment - You will meet with the clinic RN nurse who will review your medications, what to expect at your appointments, frequency of visits, prenatal tests and much more.
- Second appointment - You will be in the hospital Imaging Department. An ultrasound technician will view your pregnancy and assess for dating and viability. Your doctor will review the ultrasound.
- Third appointment - You'll meet with your doctor. She will review your past medical history, previous pregnancies, answer your questions and do an exam, if necessary.
- You will also need to leave a urine sample and have your blood drawn.
- Frequency of visits thereafter
- Every 4 weeks up until 28 weeks of pregnancy
- Every 2 weeks up until 36 weeks of pregnancy
- Weekly from 36 weeks up until delivery
Gestational Diabetes Counseling
Some women develop diabetes when they are pregnant. This is called gestational diabetes and affects about one in twenty pregnant women. Gestational diabetes means that your blood sugar (glucose) is too high. This affects how your body uses sugar and can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health. If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will meet with a dietitian and/or diabetic educator. You will learn:
- What is gestational diabetes and how it affects you and your baby
- How to eat healthy, balance your diet and manage your blood sugars
- How carbohydrate foods affect your glucose and how to count carbs
- How to feel satisfied while counting carbohydrates
- How exercise can manage your diabetes.
- How to test and monitor your blood sugar and keep record
- Information about medication if you need it
Additional Women’s Health Services
The Birth Center
The birth of your baby is a deeply personal experience. You want a safe, nurturing environment that allows you and your family to focus on this remarkable event as it unfolds. From prenatal care through labor and delivery, our skilled providers and nurses provide supportive, compassionate care for you and your baby. For more information on the Birth Center, click HERE.
- Private birthing rooms with whirlpool baths
- Childbirth education
- State-of-the-art infant security
- Family-friendly rooming-in policies
- Labor epidural services
- Cesarean birth with father in attendance
- Pediatric care at birth
- Lactation consultation and coaching
For a tour of the Birth Center, please call (507) 646-1205.