Comprehensive Pregnancy Care
A healthy delivery begins long before the labor pains start. Our team at Piedmont OB-GYN will care for you and your baby from prenatal through delivery and post-partum. We monitor your baby’s health and growth, and work with you to develop a labor and delivery plan. When the time comes, one of our board-certified obstetricians will deliver your baby at Piedmont Hospital, which offers the finest in infant care, should your baby need specialized medical treatment. We also offer in-office childbirth and lactation consulting.
How do I know when I’m going into labor?
Call our office if you are at or near full-term (37 weeks) and experiencing:
- Strong contractions every five minutes for an hour
- Vaginal bleeding
- Fluid leakage
- Decreased fetal movement
When should I schedule my first office visit?
We would like to see you when you are about eight weeks pregnant. At this time, we will confirm your pregnancy.
What is an Amniocentesis and who needs this test?
Amniocentesis is a procedure used to detect chromosomal abnormalities, fetal infections and lung maturity. A small amount of amniotic fluid is extracted from the amniotic sac surrounding the fetus and examined under a microscope. The test is recommended for women who are determined to be at an increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
What is Cervical Cerclage?
Women with a weakened or incompetent cervix risk premature birth if the cervix shortens or opens too early. Cervical Cerclage is simply sewing the cervix closed for the duration of the pregnancy. The stitches are typically removed around the 37th week of pregnancy to allow labor to proceed.
Who will deliver my baby?
During your prenatal care, you will schedule appointments with each of our obstetricians. That way, when you go into labor, you will already be familiar with the obstetrician on call and she will be familiar with you.
For additional Pregnancy FAQ’s, see the separate tab at the top of the page.