Preparing for Healthy Babies Placental and fetal growth are most susceptible to maternal nutrition and lifestyle choices during pre-implantation and the first 3 to 7 weeks after the last menstrual period. Since many women do not know that they are pregnant this early, they may be inadvertently making poor lifestyle choices at a critical time for their baby. Although it is reassuring to know that isolated incidences of poor health choices are not as important as sustained good health, there are certain things you can do before conception that may increase your fertility potential and optimize you and your baby’s health.
What is infertility? A couple is considered infertile after a year of unprotected intercourse without getting pregnant. Because age is a major cause of infertility, the criteria for women over 34 is 6 months of unprotected intercourse without conceiving. If you’re coping with infertility, you’re not alone. One out of every eight couples in the U.S. is infertile. Of those couples, 40% will find male infertility to be the problem, 40% will discover female infertility is the cause, in 30% of the cases both couples will have problems and the remaining 20% of couples will be diagnosed with unexplained infertility.
Dealing with infertility is a huge challenge thousands of couples are facing at this very moment. Luckily, reproductive technology is continuing to advance, more insurance companies are offering infertility coverage and each day more people are becoming parents.
Although experiencing infertility can be one of the most stressful times in a woman’s life, it provides a unique opportunity to optimize both partners’ health and, therefore, the health of future pregnancies.
The Shaw Center is proud to be able to offer our patients local consults in our office with Dr. Kevin Winslow of the Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine for patients exploring IVF fertility treatment options. Dr. Winslow is at The Shaw Center the first Wednesday of each month.
You are encouraged to rotate your appointments with our providers during your prenatal visits to meet all the members of your obstetrical team. If you have a question or concern in between your scheduled appointments, please call our office during regular office hours whenever possible. The midwife on call or the nursing staff will return your call to address your questions and concerns.
If you have a problem after office hours, call Archbold Memorial Hospital, and the operator will notify the midwife or doctor on call. Any time you have an acute emergency, you may go directly to Archbold Memorial Hospital emergency room; the ER staff will contact the midwife or doctor on call.
During Pregnancy For a full list of medications that are safe to take during pregnancy, please see the link at the bottom of this page.
Even though you may feel fine, regular check-ups during your pregnancy are very important. You must be on time for your appointments. If you are late, your appointment may be cancelled, and you will need to reschedule. If you must miss an appointment, please call the office at least 24 hours in advance to cancel your appointment and reschedule.
Our fees are within the customary range for this area. At one of your early visits, you will need to meet with our patient financial counselor to receive financial counseling. This is the time to ask questions regarding payment of fees.
Classes Childbirth is a family event, and we encourage you to have a support person with you during your delivery. Ask for information on available classes offered at Archbold Hospital for prepared childbirth and baby care.
Good advice: * Get plenty of rest. * Eat balanced meals. * Wear your seat belt.
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Midwifery Midwives are primary health care providers to women throughout the lifespan. This means that midwives perform physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory tests as needed, provide prenatal care, gynecological care, labor and birth care, as well as health education and counseling to women of all ages. Women, children, and families have better lives because of the work of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs). The American College of Nurse-Midwives is the professional association that represents CNMs.
Midwifery as practiced by Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) encompasses primary care for women across the lifespan from adolescence beyond menopause, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. Midwives perform comprehensive physical exams, prescribe medications including contraceptive methods, order laboratory and other diagnostic tests, and provide health and wellness education and counseling. The scope of practice for CNMs also includes treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections, and care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life.
Peek A Boo Imaging
2D Gender Determination: $65 (Please note that this package is 2D only. This package does not include any 3D or 4D images.) * Available between 16-40 weeks of gestation * 10 minute 2D ultrasound session * 4 (4X4) black and white images * DVD of high-resolution pictures. Perfect for email, websites, and even Facebook. Print directly from the CD at your local CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. * You may bring up to 3 guests 2D & 4D "Hello World": $130 * Available between 25-40 weeks of gestation only * 20 minute 2D and 4D ultrasound session * 4 (4X4) black and white images * DVD of high-resolution pictures. Perfect for email, websites, and even Facebook. Print directly from the CD at your local CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc. * You may bring up to 3 guests For more information on Peek A Boo Imaging, please click here