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Prenatal care is the important care a women receives during her months of pregnancy. The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of the baby’s growth and development and to identify potential problems before they become serious for the expectant mother or baby. Research shows that women who receive prenatal care during pregnancy have healthier babies and are less likely to deliver prematurely.  Midwifery care is based on research and midwives are held to the same standards of care as obstetricians.  Studies have shown that women who receive midwifery care have better, or equal, outcomes compared to physician led models, even among high risk women.  Midwifery patients are less likely to have preterm birth, epidural, or episiotomy and report higher patient satisfaction.

During these prenatal visits, the mother-to-be will have the opportunity to discuss her personal needs, previous birth experiences, as well as plans for the upcoming birth experience.

Appointments also include physical exams, lab tests when needed, education and time getting to know the midwife. During the important first appointment, the mother-to-be will provide her midwife with a complete health and pregnancy history so that the midwife will be aware of the mother’s health condition and any problems the mother may experience during pregnancy.

At the first visit for the pregnancy your physical exam may include:

  • Full physical exam
  • Breast exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Tests
  • Urine Tests
  • Pap smear, if needed

During follow-up prenatal visits, a Midwife will:

  • Review results of all tests
  • Monitor growth and development of baby
  • Monitors mother's health condition
  • Educate women about a healthy pregnancy
  • Review birth options

Many women choose nurse-midwifery care hoping for a low intervention approach to pregnancy and birth.  We encourage discussion and informed choices of options during prenatal care and birth. 

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 months of pregnancy.

Prenatal visits are generally every 4 weeks during the first two trimesters of the pregnancy and then more frequently in the third trimester.  Care is individualized and there may be occasions when some visits are closer together to enhance care.