Prenatal visits

As advocates for children and their families, pediatricians can support and guide expectant parents in the prenatal period. Prenatal visits allow the pediatrician to gather basic information from expectant parents, offer them information and advice, and identify high-risk conditions that may require special care. In addition, a prenatal visit is the first step in establishing a relationship between the family and the pediatrician (the infant’s medical home) and in helping the parents develop parenting skills and confidence. A prenatal visit with the pediatrician is recommended for all expectant families, but is especially important for first time parents, parents new to the practice, single parents, high risk pregnancies or multiple gestation (twins/triplets….), or for parents who have previously experienced a prenatal death. This visit is best done somewhere between your late 2nd to early 3rd trimester and is free of charge.