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Obstetric Care

Obstetric ultrasoundCongratulations on your pregnancy! Whether your pregnancy is routine or high-risk, we are happy to provide you with the best obstetric care available.

At Sinai OB/GYN Associates, we believe that a healthy baby begins with a healthy pregnancy. That means eating well, exercising, getting plenty of rest and visiting your doctor or midwife regularly.

First Appointment

The first prenatal appointment usually takes place around 8-10 weeks into pregnancy. At this visit, your provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about the medical and genetic history of you, your partner and your families. We can estimate a date of delivery from your menstrual history or, if those dates are uncertain, a physical exam or ultrasound.

The first prenatal visit is also a good time to discuss the things you can do to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy. These include:

  • Eating a healthy diet, hydrating, exercising and getting enough rest
  • Abstaining from alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drugs
  • Coming to regular visits with your care provider
  • Taking prenatal vitamins daily
  • Consulting with us on the safety of nonprescription drugs
  • Receiving prenatal testing and immunizations, including an influenza vaccine
  • Practicing safe sex
  • Continuing to wear a three-point seat belt
  • Following our precautions for travel, work outside the home or hobbies
  • Reporting right away signs and symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, ruptured membranes, contractions or decreased fetal activity

Follow-Up Visits

OB ultrasoundYour follow-up visits will include a blood pressure check, urine analysis, weight and fundal height measurement to assess fetal growth, and a fetal heart rate check via Doppler.

The frequency of your visits depend on your individual circumstances; in general, the minimum standard intervals for women with uncomplicated pregnancies are every four to five weeks until 28 weeks of gestation, every two to three weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, and then weekly until delivery. More frequent visits may benefit women with diabetes, hypertension, threatened preterm birth, post-term pregnancies and other pregnancy complications.

Testing

It is best to discuss all prenatal testing with your provider and a genetic counselor. There are a number of prenatal test options throughout pregnancy, including lab work, genetic screens and ultrasounds to test for infections, birth defects and diseases. Some tests are routine, others are reserved for mothers at high risk for certain prenatal complications and conditions. Your care provider is the best resource for your specific circumstances.

BirthPlace at Sinai

We believe your birthing experience should be a personal and special event.

New mother and babyThat is why at the BirthPlace at Sinai we strive to provide you with high quality, compassionate care in an environment that is warm and supportive. We offer experienced, compassionate obstetric care and homelike, all private labor, delivery and recovery rooms designed to accommodate both routine and high-risk deliveries.

Our Institute for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and nationally ranked, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provide the most advanced level of medical care for high-risk pregnancies and critically ill newborns.

The entire unit also utilizes a state-of-the-art security system to ensure your baby’s safety. Security staff is on duty around the clock, and all visitors must register at the security desk.

Classes

The BirthPlace at Sinai offers expectant parents and their families a comprehensive range of classes and tours to help you and your family prepare for the birth and care of your new baby.

Our family-centered program provides classes from pre-pregnancy through infancy. Topics include childbirth, breastfeeding, infant care and CPR. See our schedule of classes and register today, as classes fill up quickly.

Call the office location most convenient for you to schedule an appointment today!