- What happens at a typical prenatal visit?
- When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?
- Can you tell the position of my baby?
- What is the schedule for prenatal and postpartum visits?
- Do you require me to have any tests or laboratory work?
What happens at a typical prenatal visit?
Most of the visit is dedicated to listening, talking, and collaborating with you. We discuss upcoming tests, life stressors, and things going on in your life. We encourage you to ask us questions.
During the clinical portion of the visit, your midwife takes your blood pressure, listens to your baby, and palpates your belly while she and you discuss your baby’s movements.
Prenatal visits with your midwife are 45min – 1hr.
When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?
Most women schedule their first prenatal visit around 6 to 8 weeks for a confirmation of pregnancy. This can be helpful if you are unsure of conception dates, as an early ultrasound will then be scheduled for confirming the estimated due date.
Women who know conception dates will normally schedule their first appointment between 8 to 12 weeks.
Can you tell the position of my baby?
At each of your prenatal visits your midwife will palpate your belly and check for your baby’s position. Your midwife is trained in this art, and she can usually verify the “wisdom of her hands” by locating your baby’s heartbeat. If there is any question, she may refer you for an Ultrasound to verify baby’s position. Babies do move around, sometimes right up to the end of the pregnancy. Your midwife is always watching, feeling and listening so that she is knowledgeable of your baby’s whereabouts!
What is the schedule for prenatal and postpartum visits?
We follow the traditional prenatal schedule of visits which is monthly until 28 weeks, bimonthly till 36 weeks and then weekly until the birth. However, there is a huge difference in our postpartum care from institutional care. We provide home visits for our clients within 24 – 36 hours after the birth, as well as on days 3 or 4, and as needed if there are lactation issues. We continue to see our clients in the office between two and eight weeks postpartum.
Do you require me to have any tests or laboratory work?
Yes, we do require some lab work, as lab work is one of the best indicators of the health of you and your baby.
Some of the tests we do will help us to know, among other things, your blood type and Rh factor, if you may be anemic, how well your blood clots, if you are at risk for Gestational Diabetes, or if you may have any signs of infection.
Depending upon the last time you had a Pap smear, we may suggest one as well. We only test for those things we know can have a direct effect on your pregnancy.
Our goal is to give you the best prenatal care possible.
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