Pregnancy care is all about asking the questions that matter.
We build a relationship with our patients during the journey through prenatal months and early infancy, creating a collaborative, supportive circle with everyone on your care team.
Our focus on patients includes:
- A group approach that lets you see all doctors to raise your comfort level for delivery
- Everyone in our practice has the same patient-focused mindset, making sure every question is answered (no googling required)
- Top-quality medical care plus the education, reassurance and pep talks that every pregnancy needs
Every pregnancy is unique; while often a joyous and hopeful time, it can also be unpredictable. Our team will guide you through this journey, celebrating your milestones while identifying and managing your medical concerns.
– Caroline Haakenson, MD
We’re always here to answer your questions. We also have pulled together our favorite resources for patients, filled with helpful information and insight.
Selecting the OBGYN practice you will see for your prenatal care is a big decision, and we are honored to have you choose to deliver with OBGYN Specialists. We have seven physicians at OBGYN Specialists, all of whom practice low and high risk obstetrics and perform vaginal deliveries and cesarean sections. Because we cannot guarantee which physician will be available when the time of your delivery arrives, we encourage you to schedule your prenatal appointments with all of the physicians during your pregnancy. This will allow you to get to know all of the providers, and will allow our physicians to get to know you during your pregnancy. At OBGYN Specialists, we work as a team to provide you and your family with the safest and most up-to-date care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
Each woman’s pregnancy is different, so it is important to discuss any upcoming travel with the physician during your prenatal visit. In general, travel is safe until 34 weeks gestation, but this depends on your health, where you are traveling, and how you plan to travel.
If you have Rh negative type blood, your body will view any exposure to Rh positive type blood as an invasion and will start to mount an antibody response. For women with Rh negative type blood carrying an Rh positive fetus, we want to prevent the build up of antibodies that could attack the fetus’ Rh positive blood cells and cause fetal anemia. By administering Rhogam after any miscarriage, at 28weeks gestation and after delivery, we have the opportunity to eliminate any potential build up of these antibodies.
In the typical, uncomplicated, normal-risk pregnancy, we will likely order a dating ultrasound in the first trimester and an anatomic screening ultrasound around 19-20 weeks. Depending on what concerns and risk factors emerge during the course of a pregnancy, we will order ultrasounds when clinically appropriate.
At OBGYN Specialists, we believe that a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section) is a safe choice for many woman who have undergone previous cesarean deliveries. If you are considering a VBAC, we will work with you to discuss the risks and benefits of VBAC, which criteria might make you more or less likely to have a successful VBAC, and ways in which we can optimize your chance at having a VBAC. There are circumstances in which VBAC may not be a safe option, or in which we do not recommend VBAC. Our goal is to partner with you to help you decide which route of delivery is safest for you and your family.