Prenatal visits are scheduled approximately once a month for the first 30 weeks, every 2 weeks from week 31-36, and weekly from weeks 37 until birth. Visits usually last 1-1/2 hours during which we will talk about what is going on in your life, your emotional well being, your relationships, your diet, exercise, your baby’s activity, what you are experiencing, any fears that may arise, any questions you have, or any other topics you wish to discuss.
Prenatal Care includes:
– Comprehensive health history and physical assessment on first exam
– Check-in emotionally with how your life is going, answer any questions
– Nutritional Counseling
– Listening to your baby with a doppler or fetoscope
– Regular physical assessment and vital signs- (blood pressure, pulse, temperature)
– Ongoing prenatal education on what to expect throughout your pregnancy
– Fundal height – a measurement that coincides with how many weeks you are. If you are 24 weeks pregnant, you are usually 24 cm in growth from the top of the pubic bone to the top of the uterus
– Position of the baby – by palpating your belly to determine where the baby’s head and buttocks are
– Hemoglobin checks at least 2 times during your pregnancy and more if needed to screen for anemia
– Birth preparation education gone over periodically throughout the course of your prenatal visits. —- More in depth coverage gone over from 34 weeks onward
– An extensive compilation of literature compiled by Catharine to help you stay on track with your pregnancy. It covers a wide array of subjects that may or may not involve you but will educate you in the process.
– Home visit in the last month of pregnancy
– Counseling services for pregnant couples when needed, or referrals, when appropriate
– Phone calls on an as-needed basis
– Labs, ultrasounds, and any prenatal testing you choose to have are not included in the fee.