OB Orientation Appointment

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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
    • Nutrition
  • 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).