Healthy beginnings' approach follows the standard of care recommended by the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists. Within this standard, we emphasize whole woman health including physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We believe in God's love for each mom and baby we serve. Here is a walk-through of our care plan for an entire pregnancy.
 

Intake visit

  • We will get you in for this visit promptly, whether or not you have insurance or Medicaid coverage (usually within 10 days of a positive pregnancy test).
  • A Medical Assistant will gather your medical history, record your blood pressure and weight, collect a urine sample and a blood sample.
  • You will have an introductory visit with a Dietitian.
  • You will receive information about your pregnancy and care at Healthy Beginnings.

New OB Visit

  • You will be seen by a Healthy Beginnings Provider. These are Nurse Practitioners or Midwives.
  • If you are over 21, the Provider will do a Pap smear and bimanual exam. If you are under 21, they will do a cervical exam.
  • You will be screened for Sexually Transmitted Infections that could adversely affect your pregnancy.
  • You will have a breast exam.
  • If you are more than 10 weeks along, you will be able to listen to your baby's heartbeat with Doppler.
  • You will receive nutritional education with a Dietitian.

Dating Ultrasound

  • At this visit, you will get to see your baby for the first time! 
  • The ultrasound will show the development of your baby so that you will know the gestational age and due date.
  • Our Cincinnati offices have high definition ultrasound machines to give you stunning images and videos. At the end of your visit, we will give you a link to your images so that you can immediately download and share them with friends and family.

Ongoing Visits with Healthy Beginnings Provider

  • Monthly during weeks 6-27 of your pregnancy

* This stage includes both the Dating Ultrasound and the Anatomy Scan Ultrasound

  • Every Two Weeks DURING WEEKS 28-34 OF YOUR PREGNANCY

* This stage includes testing for Gestational Diabetes

  • Weekly from WEEK 35 of your pregnancy until delivery 

*This stage includes testing for Group Beta Strep

Each of the provider appointments will include...

  • Checking your weight, blood pressure, and a urine sample
  • Listening to the baby's heartbeat
  • Measuring fundal height - a "tummy check" to determine the size of your uterus and make sure the baby is growing at the rate expected
  • Review of your medication list and allergies
  • Blood test and physical exams as needed
  • Pregnancy education
  • Nutritional education with a Dietitian

Anatomy Scan ULTRASOUND

  • This ultrasound is usually given around 20 weeks. The ultrasound technician will check fetal measurements, the baby's size and placement, organs and umbilical cord, amniotic fluid levels, the location of the placenta, and the fetal heart rate.
  • Depending on the baby's position, this is also when you might get to find out whether you're having a son or a daughter!

Your Delivery

  • Healthy Beginnings has a collaborative relationship with Tri-Health, and our Cincinnati patients deliver at either Good Samaritan or Bethesda North Hospital. Patients at our Northern Kentucky office deliver at St. Elizabeth South. 
  • Good Samaritan and Bethesda North offer hospital care coordination, breast feeding preparation, and birthing classes. 
  • If you have had a Cesarean birth in the past or will be delivering by Cesarean for this pregnancy, your prenatal care appointments for the last trimester will be done at the Good Samaritan Hospital Faculty Medical Center. This is to help ensure that the hospital is ready for your particular care needs to give you the safest possible delivery.

Postpartum

  • If you had a Cesarean birth, you will have an incision check two weeks after delivery
  • The final visit is 4 weeks following delivery and will include...
    • Checking blood pressure, pulse, and weight
    • A breast exam
    • A bimanual exam and Pap smear if needed
    • Postpartum education
    • Nutritional education with a Dietitian
    • Receiving a gift bag of new baby items to celebrate your baby's birth!