Whether you’re pregnant with your first child or have had many years of experience with childbearing, being pregnant is a very special time, and all of us at A Woman’s Healing Center want to make it a positive experience for you and your family.
At A Woman’s Healing Center, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive obstetric care, individualized to each patient’s unique situation and needs. Our obstetric services consist of preconception visits, prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. We love babies at AWHC and are excited to be part of your journey as you grow your family.
Prenatal Care Schedule
Prenatal care begins in the early first trimester. Prenatal visits allow us to closely monitor your health and your baby’s progress. These regular checkups are also your chance to learn how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, have any testing you may need, and ask any questions you may have.
Listed below are the recommended visits during your pregnancy. We welcome and encourage your partner to attend visits with you, and are just as happy to have siblings and grandparents come as well. There’s nothing more exciting than watching a room full of family members hear baby’s heartbeat for the first time!
6 – 10 weeks
Pregnancy confirmation appointment which may include:
- Pregnancy test and dating ultrasound
- Review of your health and family history
- Pelvic exam with pap smear and STI testing
- Discussion of genetic testing options
- Review of pregnancy care in our office
The initial OB appointment. This visit will consist of a prenatal lab panel and a complete physical exam by the physician. Optional first trimester screen ultrasound and labs drawn. Please allow 30 minutes for this visit.
Optional quad screen or AFP drawn. The quad screen — also known as the quadruple marker test, is used to evaluate whether your pregnancy has an increased chance of being affected with certain chromosomal conditions, such as Down syndrome. The alpha-fetoprotein part of the test can help evaluate the chance for neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. (15-min. appointment with doctor or nurse).
By 20 weeks, you will have a fetal anatomy screening ultrasound, which takes approximately 60 min. to complete. This thorough ultrasound scan will look at your baby’s bones, brain, heart and other organs, and umbilical cord. If you want to find out the sex of your baby, this is when we can tell you – but don’t worry, we’re good at keeping secrets if you want to be surprised!
Routine OB visit with a doctor. Routine prenatal care visits include a weight check, urinalysis, blood pressure, fundal height measurement, and listening to fetal heart tones. These visits typically last about 15 minutes with the doctor and will give you the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have with your pregnancy.
One-hour glucose test plus visit with a doctor. For women who are Rh-factor negative, additional tests are drawn and Rhogam is administered.
Between 30 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, you will have 15-min. routine appointments with the doctor every two weeks.
37 weeks – delivery
Between 37 weeks of pregnancy until you give birth, you will have 15-min. routine appointments with the doctor once every week.
Our patients deliver at the Birthing Center at Poudre Valley Hospital. This birth center welcomes thousands of newborns into the world every year and is continually recognized for its high-quality pregnancy services.
All three physicians at A Woman’s Healing Center are highly experienced at delivering babies. The on-call physician will attend your delivery (although sometimes we can make arrangements for a specific doctor to deliver your baby.) We encourage our patients to meet every doctor and schedule at least one prenatal visit with each doctor; however, you may choose one primary physician to see throughout your pregnancy if you desire.
Approximately 4 to 6 weeks after delivery, you will have a postpartum visit with one of our doctors to make sure that your body has recovered from pregnancy and birth and that you are not having any problems. If you have a cesarean birth, your doctor will want to see you sooner to evaluate the incision. This is also a time for you to bring up any questions you may have about the healing process, birth control, sexual activity, and emotional concerns, although you are welcome to call us anytime sooner or afterwards if you have concerns or need additional support.