We look forward to caring for you during your pregnancy. Family-centered care is an important aspect of your pregnancy. We are encouraged to bring the baby's father as well as your children for a visit to hear the baby's heartbeat. After all, they are experiencing a baby, too.
Appointments and Due Dates
Your first appointment will confirm your pregnancy. After you receive an approximate due date, your appointments will be scheduled every 4 weeks. At your seventh month, appointments will begin to be scheduled every two weeks. For your last month we will see you once a week until your delivery.
Calling the Office
Family, friends and strangers give advice freely to pregnant women. Some advice is good and some is not. We strongly recommend that you keep a "Question List" and bring it with you to your visits. If you have problems or questions that will not wait, please call our nurse at 843-884-2206. She is here to answer your questions from 9:00 to 4:30 Monday through Thursday and 9:00 to 12:00 on Fridays. Please understand that the nurse may be with a patient when you call and may have to return your call. If you have an emergency, please tell the office staff and someone will help you immediately. After hours, the answering service will answer, and they will contact us so that we can return your call. Please refrain from calling after hours unless it is a true emergency. If you think you are in labor or have broken your water, please call the office before going to the hospital.
The fee for your obstetrical care includes routine prenatal care and normal vaginal delivery with postpartum care for the mother. (Your pediatrician will have a separate charge for the baby's care). Lab tests, sonograms (ultrasounds), non-stress testing, or any Antepartum complications are not included. There are additional charges for Cesarean Birth, external version, and circumcision. If you have any questions about fees, please ask. Most insurance companies require pre-registration during pregnancy and have limits on the length of hospital stay after delivery. It is your responsibility to find out what your insurance company requires.
Pediatrician/Family Doctor choice
We will take care of your baby during your pregnancy, labor and delivery. After birth, whomever you designate as the baby’s doctor (pediatrician or family practice doctor) will check the baby. They will be responsible for seeing the baby in the hospital and discharging the baby home. You may want to set up a time to meet this physician before the baby is born. This visit is a good time to discuss feeding, circumcision, siblings, etc. We would like to know your decision by your sixth month of pregnancy.
MSAFP-HCG Blood Test (Alpha Feto-Protein)
An MSAFP-HCG blood test is a screen that can be done between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. This tests screens for risks of neural tube defects and Down Syndrome. This test is available upon request at additional charge. The optimal time for this test is 16-18 weeks.
Genetic Counseling (Chorionic Villus Sampling/Amniocentesis)
Genetic Counseling is available to you if you are age 35 or over, or if you have a family history of, or concerns about, genetic disorders. A referral appointment can be made for you on request or recommendation. There is an additional charge by the Geneticist for this service. Both Chorionic Villus Sampling (done before the 11th week of pregnancy) and Amniocentesis (done during the 12th and 14th weeks of pregnancy) are genetic tests that can be performed to detect genetic-related birth defects.
Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that occurs most often in people whose ancestors come from Northern and Western Europe (CF occurs in 1 or 25 Caucasian women). Inherited, or genetic, diseases like cystic fibrosis are passed from parents to their children. This often occurs even when neither parent has the disease. For a child to inherit CF both parents must have an altered gene that causes CF; that is, both parents must be carriers or an altered CF gene. CF carrier screening tells you what your risk is for carrying an altered CF gene.
Pre-registration forms are available through the admitting office of East Cooper Regional Hospital and are supplied in this packet. It will be much easier for you if these are submitted before you go into labor. East cooper also offers prenatal/childbirth classes at different times throughout the months. We recommend that you sign up early as space may be limited.
Your suggestions (or complaints) are welcomed so that we can serve you better. Please let us know if something could be improved or is bothering you. We especially want our new mothers to feel comfortable and cared for.
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