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What to Expect

Throughout your prenatal care, you will develop a relationship with your midwife. We love to get to know you, your significant other, your children, and other support persons who will be present at your birth.

Routine prenatal care typically follows a similar timeline for most women. The following timeline gives you an idea of what to expect throughout your prenatal care at City of Oaks Midwifery:

Initial Appointment

Your initial visit will take place around 6-8 weeks after conception to confirm your pregnancy and complete a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and, if indicated, a pap test.

This visit will last a little longer than the others, as we will review your health and maternity history, your wellness goals for pregnancy, and your birth plan. We will talk about taking excellent care of yourself, your baby, and your family during pregnancy.

We will also discuss an overview of your prenatal care including a timeline of appointments, recommended routine testing and optional genetic testing, and answer any questions you may have.

If you have received prenatal care elsewhere prior to your visit with City of Oaks, we will review those records and determine the most appropriate timeline for your return visit.

Second Appointment

Your second appointment will take place 4-6 weeks following your initial visit. The purpose of this visit is to complete any non-invasive genetic prenatal testing that you have decided to pursue following our discussion during your first appointment. This visit is optional.

Second Trimester

Throughout your second trimester, you will have monthly appointments with a routine anatomy ultrasound around week 19-20. Each prenatal visit includes a clinical exam: blood pressure readings, weight, abdominal exam, and fetal heart tones. Any recommended lab tests or other procedures will be discussed in full.

You can expect a minimum of 20 minutes of one-on-one time with your midwife to discuss your general wellbeing, nutrition and lifestyle, discomforts of pregnancy, preparation for labor and birth, as well as time to answer any questions.

Third Trimester

Around the start of your third trimester, you will begin biweekly routine prenatal visits. These will include the same clinical exam as previous visits including blood pressure readings, weight, abdominal exam, and fetal heart tones.

At 28 weeks, we will complete your third-trimester blood test including the 1-hour glucose tolerance test which screens for gestational diabetes.

Beginning at 36 weeks until you deliver, you will have weekly appointments, the first of which will include testing for group beta strep (Strep B).

Additional Information

Though most women generally follow a similar timeline as outlined above, at City of Oaks Midwifery your prenatal care will be individualized based on your health needs. We will incorporate education and goals tailored specifically to you as part of our ongoing commitment to meet the individual needs of each woman to ensure a positive experience and healthy partnership.

To ensure the highest quality of care, consultation with our collaborating physicians is available 24/7. Should you have questions at any time during your prenatal care, please let us know.

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