Obstetrics Services

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Having a baby is one of life’s most exciting events. Our obstetrics services make your pregnancy the best experience possible. We work with our patients to create birth plans with a safe delivery.

Your first prenatal visit

On your first prenatal visit, a full history and physical will be performed. This visit may take several hours to complete. Diagnostic laboratory studies you can expect to have done at some point during your pregnancy will include:

  • Pap smear
  • Blood type and Rh Complete blood count
  • Antibody testing
  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis B testing
  • Rubella screening
  • Diabetic screening if you are over the age of 25 or have a family history of diabetes, or if at your first visit, you are approaching your 26th week
  • Screening of genetic disorders such as Sickle Cell Anemia, Trisomy 21 and 18, Cystic Fibrosis, Tay Sachs or Canavan’s Disease
  • An ultrasound is done at 20 weeks of pregnancy for fetal screening. Additional medically necessary ultrasounds may be ordered by your provider.

Follow up prenatal visits

Follow up prenatal visits will be much shorter in duration. Your weight, blood pressure, urine, fundal height (uterine size), and infant heart tones will be checked at each visit. During the first 28 weeks, your visits will normally be every 4 weeks. From 29 to 36 weeks, you will visit every 2 weeks. In your final month, you will visit us every week. Certain conditions may require more frequent visits. A pelvic exam is performed at 37 weeks to ensure your baby is head first and check cervical dilation. Other visits may include:

  • Rhogram injection of RH negative at 28 weeks
  • Blood glucose test to rule out gestational diabetes at 24-28 weeks
  • Alpha Fetoprotein at 16-19 weeks

3D Ultrasounds

In addition to medical ultrasounds, we offer 3D ultrasounds not covered by insurance. 3D ultrasounds make for timeless keepsakes and are a hit at gender reveal parties. Contact us about scheduling one of these fun exams for you and your family!

Starting Labor

When you start labor, your contractions should be 5 minutes apart for one hour. They should last 60 seconds and be very regular. Your water may also break or leak. Tell your doctor about any unusual pain. If any unusual pain occurs in the middle of the night, you may go to Labor and Delivery. They will contact the doctor on call. Otherwise, please call our office.