Congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting event in the life of your family, and we are here to support you through it. The team at Boro Park OBGYN knows that you have a lot of planning to do. We assist you in the health and wellness department so you have the energy to complete the fun tasks like contemplating baby names and nursery colors. Contact one of our Brooklyn offices to arrange your first prenatal visit.
What Is Prenatal Care?
- Prenatal care describes the healthcare that is necessary for a pregnant woman and her developing baby. The care plan that is developed differs from one woman to another and is tailored to her unique needs. Many of the visits that occur across the nine months of pregnancy center around monitoring of Mother’s health and of fetal development. We follow a basic guideline of scheduled visits and diagnostic testing, and customize care from there so each patient receives the fullest extent of care she needs.
- There are a few vitamins and minerals that are especially beneficial for pregnant women, including iron, calcium, and folic acid. It is possible to find the necessary nutrients in combination products developed specifically for prenatal health. Products may be obtained from a local pharmacy, or they may be prescribed by a healthcare provider. During prenatal care, we discuss recommendations based on individual needs.
What to Expect at First Prenatal Appointment
- The initial prenatal visit is a big one! It is at this time that the relationship between you and your healthcare provider is established. Typically, a prenatal visit is scheduled as soon as a positive pregnancy test is obtained. This applies to first pregnancies as well as subsequent pregnancies.
The first visit for prenatal care is typically the longest. This is because a full consultation and physical are performed, including relevant blood work. It is common to have questions for your healthcare provider about services, timelines, and other aspects of the journey you are taking. We enjoy taking a supportive role in your pregnancy, and invite all of our patients to feel comfortable contacting us with their questions.
Details of medical history that your healthcare provider will need include:
• Method or methods of birth control.
• Date of last menstrual period.
• Medical and/or emotional concerns.
• Previous miscarriages or abortions, if any.
• Allergies to medication.
• Family medical history.
Physical exam and blood work performed may include:
• Pap smear, depending on the date of last exam.
• Ultrasound, if needed to estimate due date.
• Rh factor for blood typing.
• General hemoglobin and blood count.
• Rubella, Sickle Cell, and / or Tay Sach’s screen if applicable.
Additional points of discussion during the initial prenatal visit may include:
• General nutrition and wellness for a healthy pregnancy.
• Recommended vitamins and supplements.
• Use of medications.
• Navigating environmental hazards, including foods and feline care.
• Rotation of clinical staff in the office and hospital setting.
Does Insurance Cover Prenatal Cost?
- If you have medical insurance through an employer, it is highly advisable to check and recheck your policy terminology to determine the extent of maternity / prenatal coverage. Boro Park OBGYN associates with a number of insurance providers. We are happy to assist you as much as we can in obtaining the maximum benefits allowable in your medical coverage.
Labor and Delivery in a hospital
- We conduct labor and delivery services at Maimonides Medical Center. The private birthing rooms in this facility provide a greater sense of privacy alongside the full spectrum of interventions that may be needed.
Natural Childbirth Labor and Delivery
- Natural childbirth may be assisted by a midwife or obstetrician who is familiar with alternative methods of pain management during labor and delivery, such as hypnobirthing and breathing techniques. We are happy to discuss options for natural childbirth during prenantal visits.
- Our patients stay at Maimonides for a few days after their delivery so we may monitor their initial recovery. This time is spent in the Postpartum area with baby and includes daily midwife visits. Postpartum care is typically 2 days for vaginal deliveries, and 3 days for cesarean births. After this initial recovery period, patients continue to recover at home and will visit Boro Park OBGYN at the 4 to 6 week point for a postpartum checkup.
Schedule a Consultation
- Do you have questions about prenatal care or delivery options? Contact us at 718-972-2700.