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Complete Obstetrical Care

Overview

Women’s Health Care of Georgia offers complete obstetrical care. As soon as patients decide they are ready to conceive, we provide support, counseling, and medical supervision. Once a woman becomes pregnant, she should make frequent visits to the doctor. This includes a visit every four to six weeks during the first trimester, a visit every two to three weeks during the second trimester, and weekly visits in the final weeks of pregnancy. This helps ensure the healthy development of the baby, as well as the health of the patient during pregnancy.

In addition to general visits to monitor the health of baby and mother, testing might be needed to explore pregnancy challenges and determine if health issues are present. These tests include:

Ultrasound

We provide 2D, 3D, and 4D ultrasound testing that help to confirm gestational age, evaluate the heath of the baby, determine if multiple fetuses are present, hear the heartbeat of the baby, determine gender, measure the growth and determine the position of the fetus, check for abnormalities in the amniotic fluid or placenta, and determine if there are any developmental problems. Ultrasound is also an excellent way for parents to see a picture of their baby during pregnancy and bond with the child before birth.

Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a test conducted as a result of risk or abnormality in other testing. The test uses a needle to extract a small amount of amniotic fluid from around the fetus. The fluid is tested in a lab to determine if a baby is at risk for birth defects. The test looks for genetic issues including Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, Tay-Sachs, muscular dystrophy, and other diseases. Your doctor might order an amniocentesis if the results of an ultrasound are abnormal, there is a family history of birth defects, you are older than 35, or there have been problems in a previous pregnancy.

In addition to ultrasound and amniocentesis, which are fairly common pregnancy tests, you might also be asked to undergo a multiple marker screening, chorionic villus sampling, or a chromosomal abnormality screening. All of the tests are done to evaluate the potential for problems or to create a better treatment plan during pregnancy.

Patients not only get tested for potential problems, they also undergo routine tests that monitor the health of the baby and the mother. Women who are early in their pregnancy will be tested for sexually transmitted infections. Tissue samples will also be taken from the cervix, blood, and urine. Some testing is done more than once during the pregnancy, while other tests only need to be administered one time. Some of the tests your doctor might request include glucose testing, blood type and antigen testing, rubella testing, hematocrit and hemoglobin testing, hepatitis B testing, syphilis testing, and testing for HIV. Urine samples are taken at each prenatal visit to check protein and sugar levels. A paper test is also part of the routine series of tests, so your doctor can make sure there is no presence of precancerous cells or other changes to the cervix.

Preparation for Childbirth

New parents are often anxious about the arrival of their baby. This is especially true for women who have never given birth before. Our team of experienced doctors, nurse

practitioners, and support staff offer assistance in any way they can for patients. We understand pregnancy can be a frightening and exciting time. This is why we provide the most complete support possible, both medically and emotionally. Part of your prenatal visits include time to speak with your doctor and other medical support staff. This gives you a chance to ask questions and discuss any concerns you might be having with your pregnancy.

Childbirth

Testing is not the only component of complete obstetrical care. When it is time for baby to arrive, you will need medical assistance with labor and delivery. This is especially true if you need a Cesarean delivery. Cesarean delivery occurs when a baby is surgically removed from the uterus, as opposed to naturally exiting the body through vaginal delivery. Some Cesarean deliveries are scheduled in advance, while others are last minute decisions needed to protect the health of the baby and mother.

Once baby is born, we provide continued care during the healing process. Women’s bodies change after childbirth and it is important to continue follow-up care to ensure things are healing correctly. This gives patients an opportunity to prepare their bodies for future pregnancies or find a new normal after pregnancy and childbirth.

If you are considering pregnancy or you recently discovered you are pregnant, contact Women’s Health Care of Georgia to schedule an appointment.




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