Your First OB Visit

Your first visit in our office will be for an OB Intake Visit with our Perinatal Nurse Educator (PNE) and is scheduled between 8 to 10 weeks gestation. It is not necessary to be seen any earlier in pregnancy unless you are experiencing a medical problem. If you have had a high risk pregnancy in the past, please call the office to speak with a nurse who will have your medical history evaluated by one of our physicians. The physician will then determine if you need to be seen sooner.

 

During your visit, the PNE will discuss in great detail the medical, social and personal history of you and of the father of the baby. Some of these questions may be sensitive in nature but are necessary to fully determine your medical needs. Please keep that in mind when deciding who to bring with you to this appointment. Be prepared to answer these questions with this person(s) present. All information is kept in your permanent medical record and your confidentiality is fully protected. You will also be able to ask any questions you may have about your pregnancy and she can discuss any urgent concerns, if necessary, with the physicians in the office. You will not see a physician, nor will you receive an ultrasound, at this visit. However, you will be scheduled for a pregnancy confirmation ultrasound 1 to 2 weeks after your initial visit if you have not already had an ultrasound at another location. You may also be scheduled back for an ultrasound if you have certain risk factors based on your medical history. 

 

In addition to talking with the PNE, you will have lab work drawn at this visit that will include screening for communicable diseases (HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Rubella), checking your blood type, blood count, and a urine sample. Additional tests may be added based on your medical history. She will also discuss other optional genetic screening recommendations that are available at specific times during your pregnancy.

 

Our office is considered a “Pregnancy Medical Home”. This program was launched in 2011 and is coordinated by Community Care of North Carolina, a group which works in partnership with the NC Divisions of Medical Assistance and Public Health.  As members of this program, our office receives additional support to increase access to care and improve outcomes for our pregnant Medicaid population. The primary focus of this program is on preterm birth prevention.  At your first visit with the PNE, all Medicaid patients will complete a screening questionnaire that will help us determine if you qualify for the program. Learn more about this program >>

Please complete these documents prior to arriving at your first appointment:

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Meet the Perinatal Nurse Educator

Lori Perry​