ABOUT YOUR VISIT - what to expect
Please note: as of January 2019 we are not currently accepting new planned hospital birth patients with Whitney Hall. If you'd like more additional information about homebirth please visit our sister practice at RiverandMountain.net
At your interview, the midwives will listen to any personal concerns you have and inform you about midwifery care. What to expect at the hospital is discussed and your questions are reviewed. Consent forms, insurance and any financial responsibility you may have will be discussed. If the decision to go forward with us is made, you will be given access to your electronic health record so your ongoing care will be a dialogue, with you having full access and the opportunity to message us securely.If you have received prior care with another practice, transferring records relevant to the current pregnancy and any surgical reports from prior cesarean sections will be necessary and we will provide you with records release forms.
Your medical and family histories will be reviewed. Any laboratory tests which are needed and have not been ordered by a previous provider will be discussed and drawn. This may include genetic screenings you request. You will receive a full exam or clinical check up appropriate for gestational age. If ultrasounds are desired or indicated, they will be discussed and you will be sent to an appropriate facility.
Some women prefer to skip the interview process and jump right in! If that's you, tell the Midwifery Care Coordinator when you make for first appointment.
Subsequent Prenatal Visits
Your visits with the midwives will occur approximately every 4 weeks until the 8th month, or 32 weeks gestation. Following visits will occur approximately at 34 and 36 weeks and then once weekly until your baby is born.
We strongly recommend that you stay home to rest and recover for a full two weeks following birth, whenever possible. We will visit you and your baby in your home during the first week following birth. You return to the office for a check in at two weeks and again at six weeks.
There are several important screening tests provided by the hospital for your baby. These cannot be performed reliably during the first 24 hours following birth, therefore, early discharge is following 24 hours. Your baby will be screened for metabolic problems, congenital heart defects, and hearing loss. Midwives in NYS are permitted by law, educated and trained to perform routine newborn care. Following hospital discharge, your baby will be seen by the midwives on days 3 and 7. Extra visits will be provided if needed. Your baby will be screened by the midwives for tongue tie and breastfeeding problems and jaundice, and will receive routine weight gain checks and comprehensive assessments at each visit.
You will have ongoing full access to your baby’s health record through our shared electronic health record and are welcome to print any forms, visits and lab reports for your infant’s health care provider as you see fit.