Q. I think that I'm pregnant. How do I go about getting conformation and when can I make my first obstetrical appointment?
A. A home pregnancy test can confirm your pregnancy or you can contact our office to schedule a urine or blood pregnancy test. Your first obstetrical visit should be within the first eight to ten weeks from your last menstrual period. Some women have medical problems or past obstetrical histories that necessitate being seen earlier in their pregnancy. If you have any questions please call and contact one our obstetricians, midwives or nurses.
Q. I'm expecting, at which hospital do you deliver?
A. We perform all of our deliveries at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH).
Q. How do I find out more information about Childbirth Classes?
A. Please see our obstetrical packets, pickup information in our office or call Howard County General Hospital at 410-740-7600 or check their website at www.hcgh.org.
Q. Do you recommend any specific books to read during pregnancy?
A. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "While Waiting," and "Your Pregnancy Week by Week."
Q. Can I get a sonogram (ultrasound) during pregnancy? Can it be done in your office?
A. Routine screening sonograms are done at approximately 18-20 weeks gestation. Sonograms are also done for other problems; spotting and bleeding, fetal heart rate checks, assessing fetal position, and ruling out miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. Most of these sonograms can be done in our office using obstetric ultrasound. Several insurance plans dictate that they must be done at a participating radiology center. Please check with your insurance plan if you have any questions.
Q. What information should I know about Cord Blood?
A. Years of medical research have led to an amazing discovery: the blood in a baby's umbilical cord, cord blood, contains special cells that can be used to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood and immune disorders. In just the last few years, hundreds of acutely ill patients have received treatment because of this tremendous medical advance. Now, families can bank their babies' cord blood in case it is ever needed for future disease treatment. It's a once in a lifetime option that can provide peace of mind for years to come.
CBR cord blood registry: 1-888-267-3256 or www.cordblood.com
Cryo-Cell International, Inc. 1-800-786-7235 or www.cryo-cell.com
ViaCord 1-866-393-9060 www.viacord.com