Prenatal & Maternity
What makes Sound Family Medicine different from other maternity and family practices? Our team of providers will be there with you through the whole experience. We’ll provide care for you throughout your pregnancy and beyond, as well as providing pediatric care for your baby as they grow.
Our pregnant moms tell us that they really appreciate the way our maternity providers take the time to get to know them and understand their values. Our birthing experiences are family-oriented, so support partners are welcome at prenatal visits and the whole family is invited to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
When you get prenatal and maternity care with us, we commit to:
Answer all of your questions
Whether it’s your first pregnancy or your third, you’ll have a lot of questions. We’ll provide plenty of information on what’s happening with your growing baby. We’ll also help you understand the changes in your body and guide you as you keep yourself and your baby healthy throughout the pregnancy.
Be there with you during delivery
When it is time to deliver, you’ll be at one of the best medical facilities in the area, the new state-of-the-art Good Samaritan Birthing Center.
Many medical practices assign births to the doctor on call, regardless of who you have been seeing. Here at Sound Family Medicine, almost all our deliveries are by the doctor you get to know through your prenatal care.
Our physicians are on call for their own maternity patients and will counsel you on delivery decisions. If for some reason your doctor is unable to deliver your baby, you can feel comfortable and confident in the expertise of another physician in the Sound Family Medicine group, as they all provide best-in-class care.
Provide prenatal and maternity care for mom and baby now, and adult wellness and pediatric care post-pregnancy
As a family medicine practice, we provide continuous care for the whole family. That means care during pregnancy and after for both you and baby. We’ll be here for baby with well-child checkups and to treat all the scrapes and bumps that come with childhood. And we’ll also be here for you, for the well adult and preventative care you’ll need to keep up with your little ones.
We are here to help and care for you every step of the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your provider will be checking your vitals, blood type, iron level, immunities to certain diseases, and urine sugar/protein levels. This visit may also include a pap smear, STD screening, and in-house ultrasound.
We will provide you a one-sheet handout of what to expect for your upcoming appointments and will also include which over-the-counter (OTC) medication you can take safely during pregnancy, and which OTC medication to avoid.
You will also receive a complimentary gift bag from us that includes a pregnancy book to help answer many of the questions you as a new mother may have as your body is changing, along with information on breastfeeding and other resources.
As you check in during your first OB appointment, our helpful Front Desk staff will walk you through the required forms and financial agreements going over maternity care and delivery fees, billing your insurance, etc.
So that you have the necessary financial information, we also suggest for you to contact your insurance company to verify what they cover and potential out-of-pocket costs. We can assist you with Prior Authorization Forms and questions your insurance company may have about your pregnancy care and procedures.
You will need to schedule a follow-up visit every 4 weeks until you are approximately 28 to 32 weeks pregnant. From there, your provider will need to see you every 2 weeks until your 36th week. From your 36th week, your provider will need to see you weekly until you have delivered.
We know this could be a lot to track – our friendly Front Desk staff can help you schedule in advance and provide you with an OB Appointment Card to list out your upcoming appointments.
My maternity care provider is a Physician Assistant (PA) or an Advance Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). Will they deliver my baby?
Our staff of Physician Assistants (PA) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) are able to provide excellent prenatal care but are not involved in the delivery process. If your maternity care provider is not an MD or DO, one of our team doctors will serve as your delivering physician. You will meet your delivering physician during your 2nd OB follow up visit. As you reach the end of your pregnancy, he or she will step in and partner with your maternity care provider to ensure great care through the delivery process.
We recommend looking into Good Samaritan Family Birth Center’s childbirth and parenting classes. Classes range from a single day, weekend class, to a 5-week childbirth series.
The CDC recommends that women who are and will be pregnant during the flu season get a flu shot. Flu shots are made from inactivated influenza virus, making it safe during any stage of pregnancy. Flu season in North America usually peaks from November to March.
Pregnancy can affect your immune system, so you may be at an increased risk of getting the flu. By getting a flu shot while pregnant, you will be protecting yourself and your growing baby.