Pregnancy Care

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Pregnancy Care

 

  • At your first visit the midwife will:
    • Ask you about your health, your partner’s health, and the health of your close family
    • Identify any medical problems.
    • Figure out your due date: an estimate of the day your baby will be born. Most babies are born within two weeks (before or after) their due date.
    • Make sure you’re taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
    • Discuss with you any medications you are taking.
    • Complete physical exam
    • Check your weight.
    • Check your blood pressure.
    • Check a urine sample for infection.
    • If indicated refer for blood work to check for blood type, anemia, and see if you have had certain infections (rubella, hepatitis, HIV, or syphilis).
  • During later prenatal visits the midwife will:
    • Weigh you.
    • Check your blood pressure.
    • Measure your belly to see how the baby is growing.
    • Check your hands, feet, and face for swelling.
    • Listen for the baby’s heartbeat (after the 12th week of pregnancy).
    • Feel your abdomen to assess the baby’s position (later in pregnancy).
    • Refer for any tests that are needed, such as blood tests or ultrasound.
    • Ask you if you have any questions or concerns. It’s a good idea to write down your questions and bring a list with you so you don’t forget.
    • Prenatal visits last 30-60 minutes, leaving plenty of times to discuss your hopes, expectations, and fears about pregnancy and birth.
  • Typical Prenatal Care Schedule
    • Weeks 4 to 28 of pregnancy: 1 visit per month (every 4 weeks)
    • Weeks 28 to 36 of pregnancy: 2 visits per month (every 2 weeks)
    • Week 36 to birth: 1 visit per week
    • Same day appointments for problems are always available
  • Referrals to other health care professionals
    • Childbirth classes
    • Doulas
    • Chiropractors
    • Massage therapists
    • Lactation consultants
    • Pregnancy friendly exercise classes
    • Pregnancy photographers
  • Convenient, Personalized Prenatal Care
    • No rushed appointments, questions encouraged
    • Time spent teaching how optimize pregnancy health
    • Conveniently located lab for all blood work