Prenatal care is the critical care a woman receives during her nine months of pregnancy and ideally would be seen for a visit in our clinic at 8 weeks, sooner as needed if any concerns arise. The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of the baby's development and to identify potential problems before they become serious for the expectant mother or baby. Research shows that women who regularly receive prenatal care during pregnancy have healthier babies and are less likely to deliver prematurely.
Midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care throughout pregnancy in order to enhance maternal health, minimize risk factors and identify potential problems. During these appointments, the family will have the opportunity to discuss their personal needs, previous birth experiences, as well as fears and expectations for the pregnancy.
Appointments will include physical assessments, education and time getting to know the midwives and nurses. During the first appointment, the client will provide their midwife with a complete health and pregnancy history so that we can identify any problems that may come up during pregnancy.
Physical exam may include:
- Pelvic exam
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Tests
- Urine Tests
During prenatal visits, our team will:
- Educate families about healthy pregnancy
- Evaluate for any health concerns
- Follow the progress of the baby's development
- Review birth options
If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, schedule a visit with your midwife as soon as possible. Regular prenatal care is important to help ensure that both the mother and the baby remain healthy throughout the nine months of pregnancy.