This is an exciting time, and we are here to provide excellent care and help you make informed choices to guide you toward the best possible outcome.
Here's what you can expect from our Providers and Staff:
You will see your doctor on the first visit; this is a great time to get to know you. The first visit is usually the longest one, as we will gather information about you, do an exam, gather blood and urine samples, and discuss how to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Your urine sample will be used for a urine drug screen as per Munson Medical Center's requirements. We drug screen in the first trimester to check for any risk factors that could impact your delivery. These drug screens are a requirement of Munson Medical Center and are not optional, we are not able to change this rule. An ultrasound exam may be done during this visit, but not always. You should come prepared with questions for this visit. Your first visit should ideally be scheduled between 10-12 weeks.
On Subsequent visits, we ask that you leave a urine sample at the beginning of each appointment. You will be weighed, and your abdomen will be measured to estimate fetal growth. We will listen to the fetal heart rate and talk about what is happening in your pregnancy currently. You will see all of our Obstetrical Providers at some point during your pregnancy, so that you are able to meet all of them before your delivery date. The visits will become more frequent toward the end of your pregnancy, with visits every week during the last month.
Postpartum visits are important! These visits enable your provider to confirm proper healing, provide additional education, and discuss birth control options for the future. Importantly, these visits allow you to ask your provider any questions regarding breast feeding, mental health, and any other concerns you may have. Postpartum visits are usually scheduled before your delivery date at 5-6 weeks following the delivery of your baby. New babies are welcome!
There are a group of routine tests that are performed during your first visit with us. Other labs, such as the glucola test, will be done later in your pregnancy and will not require a formal appointment. Our staff is well trained in relatively painless blood drawing!
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Your Provider will review what signs and symptoms you need to call us about if the need arises. While we hope it will be a smooth and uneventful pregnancy, please contact us at 231-947-0404 during regular office hours with any urgent matters that come up between appointments. A Provider is always on call after office hours and can be paged through the hospital operator; follow the directions after calling our number, above.
Your doctor will discuss various optional tests with you, according to your needs. These tests can often be performed at the office during another scheduled visit.