Prenatal Care

Prenatal care is the essential care a woman receives during her pregnancy. The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of the baby’s development and to identify potential problems before they become a serious health risk for the baby or expectant mother. Research shows that women who receive regular prenatal care have healthier babies and are less likely to experience premature labor and birth.

Midwives are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care throughout pregnancy in order to enhance a woman’s health, minimize risk factors and identify and prevent potential problems. During your appointments, you will have the opportunity to discuss your personal needs, previous birth experiences, as well as fears and expectations for your pregnancy and birth

We recommend scheduling your first visit to your provider between 8 and 10 weeks of pregnancy. This appointment will include physical assessments, education and time getting to know the midwives. During this important first appointment, you will provide your midwife with a complete health and pregnancy history so that the midwife will be aware of any health condition or problem that may affect your health or the health of the baby during this pregnancy.

Physical exam may include:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Tests
  • Urine Tests
  • Ultrasound

If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, schedule a visit with your midwife as soon as possible. Regular prenatal care is important to help ensure that both the mother and the baby remain healthy throughout the course of pregnancy.