Prenatal and Postpartum Care
Before, during, and after pregnancy, all mothers require their own unique care and attention. Prenatal is the period that happens before birth, and postpartum is the timeframe after birth.
Throughout the course of your pregnancy, you can expect treatments and training designed to ensure a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery for both mom and baby.
We know that every pregnancy is different, so we don’t approach every patient as if they are all the same. Our providers take the time to sit with you and learn about your medical history and your overall health goals. By learning more about you, we can tailor your care so that it perfectly suits your needs.
Part of what makes our practice so special is that we offer in-office pregnancy and non-pregnancy massages with our certified massage therapist!
What is prenatal care?
Prenatal care is critical to decreasing risks during pregnancy and helps to increase the chance of a safe and healthy delivery. During your regular prenatal visits, your doctor will monitor your pregnancy to identify any complications or problems before they have the chance to become serious.
Prenatal care usually begins at least three months before you start attempting to conceive. Just some of our prenatal care services include:
- Preconception counseling
- Reproductive medicine
- Prenatal visits
- Birthing options
- Pregnancy keepsakes
- High-risk pregnancies
Once you become pregnant you’ll want to have regular healthcare appointments through all stages of your pregnancy. Our team is the region’s trusted experts and will make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire process.
Our overarching goal is to do all that we can to ensure your baby is healthy and that you are confident in our care for your baby. For instance, there are many birthing options available to you, and we always take the time to explain how they work, and which may be best for your specific needs and circumstances.
What are your options for postpartum care?
Postpartum care is critically important in making sure that you remain healthy after birth, and that your child is set on the right pathway for a lifetime of good health. In general, the postpartum period will last six to eight weeks, starting right after your baby is born.
Mothers can expect to go through many emotional and physical changes during this period. A critical component of postpartum care is making sure to get the proper nutrition, rest, and vaginal care. Throughout pregnancy and postpartum, your hormone levels can fluctuate dramatically often leading to changes in feelings that can be difficult to understand.
It’s not uncommon when you add new family members to have mood swings or find yourself feeling sad. When a baby is born, many new mothers suddenly find themselves experiencing what is sometimes referred to as “baby blues”, a general term describing the depression that some women feel postpartum.
These could be symptoms of depression. We are committed to treating postpartum depression following guidance from the National Institute of Mental Health and national suicide prevention guidelines. Helping you to understand this psychosis is a key part of our postpartum care, and we will help you through the entire process through our practice or recommended support groups.
If you have any questions feel free to contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online.