Prenatal Care at Sanford Health
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, Sanford Women's will work with you to establish a prenatal care schedule, providing early prenatal appointment options. We are here to assist you in navigating your pregnancy journey. We have specialized experts available to support you in case your pregnancy is considered high-risk.
Early prenatal appointments. See our providers as early as six to eight weeks’ pregnant to get your pregnancy off to the right start. Review health history, get the first look at baby and receive information and resources for your pregnancy journey.
Prenatal appointments take place following the schedule below. This schedule may vary if your pregnancy is considered high-risk or if your doctor recommends additional appointments. You may need more prenatal care if you have a pre-existing health problem, like diabetes. You may also need more care if problems come up during your pregnancy.
- Every month through the 28th week
- Every 2 weeks from the 29th week through the 36th week
- Weekly from the 37th week until delivery
Care throughout your pregnancy. Whether you have a concern during the day, after hours or on a weekend, coverage is available around the clock. You will have your provider for periodic checkups and scheduled visits. If your provider is unavailable, another team member will see you.
Prenatal ultrasound. During normal and high-risk pregnancies, we take a detailed look at your baby’s developing body to diagnose defects in the limbs and vital organs. We also can test your baby’s well-being with biophysical profile ultrasound, color imaging and Doppler.
Pregnancy Support Team
In addition to your provider (OB/GYN, certified nurse-midwife, or family medicine), you have more support options at Sanford Health:
- Pregnancy Navigator. Visit one-on-one with a pregnancy navigator, also called a pregnancy consultant or pregnancy support coach. Pregnancy navigators are registered nurses with special training in educating expectant mothers. They can help you design your health plan, answer questions throughout your pregnancy and prepare you for labor and delivery – during video visits or in-person appointments. Learn more about this service on My Sanford Chart. To learn more about pregnancy navigators, contact Sanford Women’s:
- Doula. Depending on where you live, you have the option to use your own doula to work alongside Sanford doctors, advanced practice providers and nurses.
Pregnancy Support Groups
Many locations offer pregnancy support groups that connect you to other moms-to-be with similar due dates for group prenatal support. Ask your provider or nurse about pregnancy support groups near you.
Pregnancy Classes & Events
Sanford Health pregnancy classes help you prepare for labor, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn. Learn about:
- B4 Baby, for you and your partner to learn about important physical, emotional and practical considerations before and after becoming parents
- Taking care of yourself during pregnancy
- Getting ready for labor and delivery
- Preparing for a new baby to join your family
- Breastfeeding basics
- Call-in and walk-in lactation support
- Newborn care
Download a pregnancy guidebook based on your trimester and use it to learn more about what your OB journey will look like at Sanford Health. Each guidebook includes information on appointment scheduling, details about prenatal care, helpful to-do lists, signs of labor, choosing a provider for your baby and more. Then save these digital booklets to your desktop or phone for easy access.
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