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Congratulations! Pregnancy can be one of the happiest times in your life. It can also be very frightening because of the extreme changes. Knowing what to expect can make everything easier.
Pregnancy should not be considered a “disease” – it is a natural and wonderful part of your life. At the same time, it is our job to try to keep both patients – you and your baby – healthy. For this reason, there will be testing done during your pregnancy. Routine blood tests, testing for diabetes and anemia will also be done during your pregnancy. If there are complications, you may need additional blood and urine tests, repeat ultrasounds, or non-stress tests (monitoring the baby’s heartbeat) all of which can be done in our office or through a very reliable outside facility, depending on the problems that arise. If you feel ill enough to miss work and want to use FMLA or have a doctor’s excuse, you need to call at the time of illness for evaluation.
We feel prenatal classes are important. We recommend the classes offered through Liberty Hospital, including childbirth preparation, sibling, and breast-feeding. They should be scheduled around 28 weeks of pregnancy. We do not recommend the Bradley Method classes that are currently being taught North of the river, as we feel they encourage an adversarial relationship between parents and their physicians. If you do plan to take the Bradley classes, please notify us as we will then recommend another group of physicians where we can transfer your care too.
Your “due date” is typically 40 weeks after your last period and at each visit we will refer to how far along you are by weeks, not months. The baby is term (not premature and not overdue in a medical sense) from three weeks before your due date to two weeks after. We deliver only at Liberty Hospital. It is a community hospital where you and your family will receive personalized attention; they are extremely well equipped and able to handle most emergencies. While you are in labor, you will have an IV and the baby’s heartbeat will be monitored for safety.
You become very special to us during your prenatal care, and we would like to deliver each of our own patients. However, this is impossible, in that we cannot be good physicians and make good decisions if we are consistently up several nights in a row. Therefore, we do follow a call schedule and you will be delivered by the physician on call on that particular day.
Your family members are welcome to come with you for prenatal visits and ultrasound appointments.
Please feel free to ask questions! We want to make sure you understand what is going on during your pregnancy.
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