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What Does a Prenatal Visit Look Like?

What Does a Prenatal Visit Look Like?

Have you ever been to an obstetrician’s office or any really doctor’s office really and had to sit and wait in the waiting room for an hour or more before the nurse came and got you?  Did the nurse spend more time with you getting your weight and vital signs than the doctor did when he finally came in to see?  If you said yes, than you have experienced what most women in America have.  Take that image and the feelings of how annoyed you were at that appointment and throw them out the window.  That’s right, out the window, they go.  You will not see that in my office.

At Your Prenatal Visit

When you get to my office, you may see the previous client as she is rounding up her kids to walk out the door.  We start your appointment as soon as you get there.  Some of that may be a little chit chat to see how you are feeling and what you have been up to lately.

The first prenatal is spent mostly on paperwork.  We spend time going over your health history.  Because I view your care with me as a partnership, I place informed consent as a high priority in my practice.  We spend time going over what tests and procedures are commonly done during pregnancy, why they are done, why someone might choose not to do them, and then decide together what is the best course of action for your own pregnancy.

In this first prenatal and every prenatal after that, you will urinate in a cup.  Your urine can tell us many things.  Some of the things that we are looking for are to make sure that you are getting enough water, getting enough to eat and eating the right things, like plenty of protein and limiting your sugar.  Not sure if you are eating well enough?  Check out my blog post on Pregnancy Nutrition.  There is a free download with more info.

One of my students or I will get your vital signs.  We will ask you some questions that may seem silly or redundant since we ask them at every appointment.  Those questions along with the urine test and your vitals help us to screen out things like urinary tract infections, yeast infections, STDs, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes.

The last part of your appointment is everyone’s favorite part.  We check on your baby and how she is growing.  We discuss the baby’s movement and listen to the heartbeat.  The remainder of the appointment is spent addressing any questions or concerns that you might have about your pregnancy.  You are scheduled a whole hour for your appointment, so a lot of that time is spent getting to know each other.  It helps you to be more comfortable with us when we come into your home for your birth.  I have had one client say that it no longer felt like strangers were coming for her birth, but that friends were.  It also helps me to get to know you, so that I know how to be a better midwife to you during your labor.

We have tried to make the office as kid friendly as possible.   We have a kids’ section with toys, books, and coloring.  There is even a Lincoln Log train set that is a favorite with many of our little boys.  Some kids also like to get involved in mom’s prenatal visit.  As you can see from the picture at the top, we like to have our families involved in your care as well.

Did you find this post helpful?  Does that sound like the kind of prenatal care that you want to have?  If so, contact us about setting up a free consultation.

 

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Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM

Mercy Eizenga LM, CPM is the head midwife and owner of Comforts of Home Midwifery. Mercy was first exposed to homebirth when she witnessed the birth of her little brother at the age of 7. Her interest in natural childbirth grew with the birth of her first child and then attending Bradley Natural Childbirth classes with a friend a year and a half later. Attending her first birth as a doula verified that she was called to be a midwife. Mercy attended the Association of Texas Midwives Training Program and completed an apprenticeship with what is now the Corpus Christi Birth Center. She holds a Texas state license, is listed with the state of Oklahoma, and holds her Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.

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6 Comments

  1. Such an informative post! I’m sure that knowing all of this ahead of time puts your patients at ease. Thanks so much for sharing <3

    1. It is surprising how many people ask that at the consultation.

  2. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
    Sounds like your practice is a really nice place to visit. I always hated my prenatal visits when I was pregnant. So much waiting, so little actual time with the dr.

    1. Thanks. I always hated that when I saw OBs with my first two pregnancies, so I was astonished how much time and attention we gave each of our clients when I started my training to be a midwife. I really enjoy the time and attention that I give to them. I feel like it helps me to be a more effective midwife.

  3. Oh this takes me back! This is a great post for those who are wondering what to expect! xx

    1. I thought it would be a great chance to show the contrast between what I offer vs what happens in most OB offices.

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