Health Topics: Pregnancy
Pregnancy Testing and Choices
Whether you are planning to start a family now, have an unplanned pregnancy, or want to defer pregnancy, you may have questions related to your fertility, medical history, plans for childbearing, prenatal nutrition, or knowledge of birth control. Counseling and advice are available on any subject that concerns you before, during, and after pregnancy by contacting your PCP. We recognize that an unplanned pregnancy may present you with complicated decisions and conflicting feelings. This section provides information on continuing a pregnancy, terminating a pregnancy, and adoption.
Choosing Your Pediatrician
Getting ready for parenting includes choosing a doctor to care for your baby. You should set up appointments with prospective pediatricians between your 7th and 8th month of pregnancy.
Labor and Delivery
As your body prepares for delivery, the cervix will usually soften and begin to open. The cervical mucous (plug), which may be mixed with a little blood, may pass. Although this may happen several days before delivery, it frequently is a sign of impending labor. If you have bright red bleeding, notify us immediately.
After Your Child is Born
After your baby is born, one of the pediatricians will visit you and the baby at the hospital. Schedule an appointment 10 days later and then come in for regular well-child care. This section includes information on lactation support and breast pumps.