News | Published November 1, 2012 | Written by Elizabeth Raquet, MD, FACOG, and Kim Ross, obstetrics coordinator

The obstetrics care you need

"Why haven't my partner and I gotten pregnant yet?" "Do I need to breastfeed?" "Should I be tested for gestational diabetes?" "What is involved in a natural birth?" "What medicines can I take while I'm pregnant?"

When you're planning to have a baby, there are many questions that will likely come to mind throughout your experience. It's important to treat your obstetrics team as a reliable resource and ask them each question that you have before, during and after your pregnancy.

Once you are pregnant, you will likely have even more questions for your physician. Here are some not-so-common questions that you may want to add to your list:

  • How do you recommend your patients treat normal pregnancy aches and pains?
  • What tests or procedures do you normally recommend during pregnancy?
  • Where can I get information on childbirth classes?
  • Can you provide information on birthing styles?
  • How do you help your patients manage and cope with pain during labor?
  • Do you routinely use interventions in labor, or do you wait to see if they're needed?
  • At what point do you talk about artificial induction of labor?

Some women - and their partners - are apprehensive about asking their healthcare provider lots of questions but it's important for you to get the answers you need to guide you through a safe and stress-free pregnancy. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or have any special health concerns this becomes even more important so you know that you are receiving the best care.

At Mount Nittany Physician Group's ob-gyn practice, we provide our patients with comprehensive care that addresses each patient's obstetrics needs. From preconception counseling and prenatal lab screenings to the delivery of your baby, our physicians use advanced technology and remain educated on the latest findings to treat our patients.

Low-income patients who qualify can see nurses with the Healthy Beginnings Plus program Mondays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to noon at Mount Nittany Physician Group's Park Avenue location.

For more information on the care you need before, during and after your pregnancy, and on Mount Nittany Physician Group's ob-gyn practice, visit mountnittany.org, or call 814.237.3470.

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