Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for choosing OB-GYN Associates. Our goal is to provide you and your unborn baby with quality care in a caring environment and to make our patient-provider relationship a pleasant experience.
Communication is essential for all involved. As with any pregnancy, complications may arise. Please keep us informed of any concerns you may have. During office hours (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.weekdays) any calls you make will go to the OB assistant assigned to calls on that day. After 5 p.m., all pregnancy-related calls will go to the Nurse-Midwife. Should you not receive a call back within 15 minutes, please place a second call. Limit these calls to situations that cannot wait until regular office hours. If you are having an emergency, call 911.
Please remember that we only deliver at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. This means that our providers DO NOT have privileges at other hospitals, including other Wellstar facilities, therefore cannot care for you at any hospital other than Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Prior to 20 weeks of pregnancy, any problem requiring a visit to Kennestone will be seen in the emergency room. After completion of your 19th week, you would be seen in the triage unit in Labor and Delivery on the 3rd floor of the Kennestone Hospital Women's Center.
If a call is urgent, but not an emergency, inform the front desk of this when leaving your message. These calls will be taken first. Please be respectful of the term "ASAP." You can expect a routine call to be returned to you within an hour.
As with any obstetrical practice, unexpected delays may occur. If the provider you are scheduled to see must leave the office, we may ask you to see someone else in order to decrease your wait time.
At every visit you will be called to the lab station for a urine, weight, and blood pressure. At intervals, we will also obtain a blood sample with a finger stick for a blood count In order to protect your privacy, the privacy of other patients, and in compliance with HIPPA law, please ask your family members not to stand in this area. The lab staff will direct them to the appropriate waiting area.
Our practice includes seven physicians and seven nurse-midwives. Please click on the corresponding links to learn more about them. We ask that you rotate providers during your prenatal care to enable you to meet each of them. We have a physician and a midwife available for deliveries every day. Upon the admission to Labor and Delivery, the option will be given to you to have a physician or midwife for your delivery.
The delivery of your baby will take place at Kennestone Hospital. We encourage you to schedule a tour. Please read the book they have provided for you (Wellstar- Great Expectations). It contains very valuable information. At the time of delivery, the hospital restricts the number of people attending the delivery to two plus the father of the baby. This is not a policy we at OB-GYN Associates can change. This allows adequate room for emergency equipment and staff should it be needed. If a C-section is indicated, only one person will be allowed in the operating room. During flu season, Kennestone Hospital is taking extra precautions regarding visitation. Please contact them for additional information. Remember to choose a pediatrician to care for your baby. The hospital will notify this physician after delivery. Please submit your pre-registration paperwork at least four weeks prior to your due date.
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