Having a baby is a one-of-a-kind experience, regardless of how many times a woman gives birth. At the Center for Women's Health, you will find board certified physicians backed by a wonderful team of skilled healthcare professionals. We hope to bring you the very best in obstetric care that is available today, and to treat you in a warm and pleasant manner. Our number one goal is to provide quality care that exceeds your expectations!
We'll Baby You!
Prenatal education is another important goal. For this reason, your first prenatal visit will provide you the opportunity for an individual question/answer session with ourRegistered Nurse Education Coordinator, Lisa. She will conduct your first ultrasound as well as discuss all aspects of your prenatal care, from diet to medications to our Center for Women's Health obstetric policies. We will offer assistance with every aspect of your pregnancy. From insurance questions to medical emergencies, we’re here for you!
You will have the opportunity to meet each physician and the nurse practitioner during your pregnancy. It is important that you visit at least once with each provider during your pregnancy so that you may become familiar with us and that we may become familiar with you. Since it is impossible for one physician to be available 24 hours, 7 days per week, our physicians rotate the on-call schedule for deliveries. Rest assured, on your special delivery day, one of our board-certified obstetricians will be with you.
In most cases, patients are seen at four week intervals until their 28th week of pregnancy, then every two weeks until your 36th week. Beginning with your 36th week, your visits will be weekly. Should you have any complications during your pregnancy, we will see you on a more frequent basis. If you have any problems or concerns, please call us at our office during normal hours, which are from 8:30am till 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Should you have an emergency or if it's very important that you reach us after hours, weekends, and holidays, your calls will be answered by our answering service which will take your name, number, and a brief description of the problem. The answering service will then relay the information to the Physician on call who will respond as quickly as possible.
Additional topics to help you during your pregnancy can be found by clicking on the purple buttons above:
- Important Warning Signs
- Gestational Diabetes
- Lab Screening: Triple Screen
- Lab Screening: Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
- Warning Signs of Preterm Labor
- Approaching Labor and Delivery
Fees & Payments
Our staff is available at all times to determine what your insurance coverage is and help you make arrangements so that any balance will be paid by the time that you are completing your seventh month of your pregnancy. If you have partial or complete insurance coverage, please call this to the attention of our receptionist. Insurance claims will be submitted as individual charges are accrued in addition to the global fee that will be filed after delivery for the remainder of the charges. If you should leave our care prior to giving birth, we will be filing for chargesfor the office visits, laboratory testing, or any other services that have been performed while under our care. If there has been any overpayment, you will be refunded at that time.
Our present obstetric fee includes: a complete physical and history exam to include a pap smear and a cervical culture. All OB office visits are included. Any lab work is an additional fee. Office visits not related to the pregnancyare not included under the obstetric fee. A routine urine dipstick is done at each visit. The obstetric fee includes services provided by our doctors to encompass your complete care during the course of labor and all hospital visits prior to being discharged from the hospital. The hospital bill is separate from the physician's bill. Also included in this fee is the postpartum care which includes a pap smear and a pelvic exam, usually performed 4-6 weeks after delivery.
Ultrasounds: Here's Looking at You, Kid!
Ultrasound scan is currently considered to be a safe, non-invasive, accurate and cost-effective investigation of the fetus. It has become an indispensable obstetric tool and plays an important role in the care of every pregnant woman.
At Center for Women's Health we have our own high resolution ultrasound equipment in the office. This allows us to perform needed studies in a timely fashion for our obstetric patients. We commonly will use the ultrasound to
- Confirm viability and dates of pregnancies
- Evaluate abnormal bleeding during pregnancy
- Find ectopic pregnancies
We have one certified technician who performs the ultrasounds and they are immediately interpreted by our physicians, so there is no waiting for the radiologist report. Most of the time emergency ultrasounds can be done at the time they are needed without significant waiting.
We routinely perform ultrasounds on our obstetrical patients at the 20 week mark. This will be an exciting visit for you and your family. Black and white pictures are obtained that you can use in your baby's "scrap book".
We ask that you please make arrangements prior to actually going into labor with the hospital. As you probably know, our physicians deliver at Mary Immaculate Hospital. This facility recommends that you pre-register by your 32nd week of pregnancy. Please call Mary Immaculate Hospital at 886-6651 to pre-register.