Family Medicine Physicians Providing Obstetric (OB) & Prenatal Care
The importance of prenatal care for expecting mothers cannot be overstated. Prenatal care is essential to ensure a healthy pregnancy and the best possible outcome for both mother and baby. Having the right prenatal care can make all the difference during this important time.
Receiving regular prenatal care can help to identify any potential risks or complications during pregnancy, as well as provide education about what to expect and how to manage the physical and mental changes that come with pregnancy.
Many patients may be unaware that their Family Medicine Doctor is often able to provide Obstetric (OB) and Prenatal Care. Family Medicine Residents can choose to receive extra training in obstetrics & prenatal care during their residency; allowing them to truly offer full spectrum Family Medicine Care.
You will notice that some of our primary care physicians have the credentials of Family Medicine with Obstetrics. This means that these physicians are trained in managing pregnancies and delivering babies, in addition to providing primary care for all ages. This gives our patients the option to choose a doctor who can care for them, their newborn, and their entire family. There is no need to assume that you have to go to an OB/GYN clinic for obstetrical services. There are several advantages to using your family medicine provider for your obstetric care.
Choosing your family doctor for your obstetric care ensures a smooth transition into prenatal care. There is no need for transfer of health records or time spent filling out new medical health history forms. Your doctor already knows your history and is likely the best medical professional to help you make informed health decision regarding your prenatal care. The trust built up between you and your doctor should also make it easier to share any questions or concerns that you may not feel comfortable telling to a brand new provider.
Choosing your family medicine doctor for your obstetric care means no new clinics. We offer the same standard of care as well as all recommended and optional testing as an OB/GYN clinic. Furthermore, once your baby is born, both you and your baby can continue to see your doctor going forward. Oftentimes your postpartum visit can be performed at the same time as baby’s visits.
Family Medicine physicians who specialize in obstetrics provide:
- Family planning and birth control
- Fertility counseling
- Prenatal care
- Labor and delivery care
- Postpartum care
- Newborn care
In addition to caring for you through your pregnancy and delivery, Family Medicine physicians provide primary care for infants, children, and adults. They often care for multiple generations within a family. From preventive care and screenings, to managing illness, injuries, and chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, family medicine doctors provide a wide range of care.
At Sunflower Medical Group, we understand that going through a pregnancy can be an emotional time in your life. Our Kansas City therapists are available to help you navigate these challenges.
Why Prenatal Care Is So Important
Prenatal care is one of the most important aspects of a healthy pregnancy. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, regular prenatal visits allow for the monitoring of the growth and development of the baby. It also serves as an opportunity for pregnant women to discuss any concerns they may have.
With the right prenatal care, potential problems can be identified early on and addressed quickly. Whether it’s discussing nutrition, lifestyle habits, or possible genetic issues, these conversations can help prepare mothers-to-be for what lies ahead. Prenatal visits also serve as an opportunity to receive recommended vaccines that protect both mother and baby from certain illnesses that could put them in danger during birth or later in life.
How Often to Have Prenatal Appointments
Early in your pregnancy, we schedule prenatal appointments every four weeks. From weeks 28 to 36, we’ll have you come in every two weeks. Once you get to week 36, we’ll see you weekly.
How Many Prenatal Visits Are Required?
Over the course of your pregnancy, with your monthly visits starting after the four-week mark and more frequent visits after 28 weeks, you should plan for about 15 visits.