OB Orientation Appointment
What is an OB Orientation Appoointment?
- Usually done between 6 to 8 weeks of pregnancy.
- Performed by an OB Nurse, Nurse Practitioner and/or Certified Nurse
Before your OB Orientation Appointment
Before your appointment make a list of:
- Curernt and previous medical problems.
- Previous hospitalizations. Bring record available for review if possible.
- Any minor or major surgeries and complications associated with it.
- Any current and / or previous female problems (i.e. abnormal Pap smear, Sexually Transmitted infections, pelvic pain, etc.).
- Any medication that you are taking - those prescribe to you by a healthcare provider or those bought over-the-counter.
- All pregnancies (terminations, miscarriages, vaginal births, c-sections, stillbirth).
For those pregnancy(s) with complications, we need you to:
- Bring records for review.
- Find out the exact name of the hospital so medical correspondence can help you request these records.
- Write down questions and concerns you have regarding any issues.
Day of your OB Orientation Appointment
- OB Orientation is held in the Bradley Building Room 3D6 (next to Orthopedics)
- Bring the health history list you’ve prepared
- You will be given questionnaires and forms to fill out.
- Accurately fill out these questionnaires before you speak with your nursing staff.
- If there are any concerning medical issues, the nursing staff will immediately bring it to the attention of a provider
- Before leaving the OB Orientation, you will be given an appointment for your OB physical with a provider. OB physicals are typically done at 10-12 weeks of pregnancy.
Issues Discussed During OB Orientation
Education is provided regarding:
- The pregnancy course
- Labs, both highly recommended and optional ones
- General health
- Schedule of appointments during the pregnancy.
- Go over the Pregnancy and Childbirth book.
- Introduce the concept of Centering in Pregnancy.
- Go over all your health / pregnancy histories.
- Discuss any concerns that you may have regarding your current pregnancy.
- Referral to specialty services as medically indicated.
- Routine blood tests are ordered during this appointment. Other blood tests will be ordered based on your medical / pregnancy history.
- An examination will not be done unless there is a medical reason (i.e. unusual cramping, spotting / bleeding, or if you have other chronic medical problems).