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.