Frequently Asked Questions
What is a perinatologist and why was I referred here?
A perinatologist, or doctor of maternal-fetal medicine, is a specialist doctor with training extending beyond that of standard Ob/Gyn doctors. Our doctors are board certified not just in obstetrics and gynecology, but also in the field of maternal-fetal medicine. Maternal-fetal medicine is the treatment and care for patients with pregnancies that, for any reason, have needs and conditions that extend beyond routine obstetric care.
Our patients may be referred to us because they have chronic health conditions, difficulties in prior pregnancies, or complicated family genetic histories. In addition, any pregnancy which the midwife or obstetrician suspects to be abnormal, may be referred to our office for further assessment.
How can I schedule an appointment?
We are a referral-based practice. This means that we receive patients only by referral from an obstetrician or midwife, and we will coordinate care with your obstetrician or midwife throughout your pregnancy. On occasion, your obstetrician may refer you to us as a preconception patient if you are attempting pregnancy and there are concerns about your genetic history or pre-existing medical conditions.
Does your office allow children?
We allow children in our office and in the waiting room. We ask that children under the age of 5 are supervised by an adult other than the patient. We do not allow children in the ultrasound room during the time of a procedure.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first appointment. If you are able to fill out the new patient paperwork in advance, please do so! The new patient paperwork can be found on our patient forms page. We also ask that you bring your insurance card along with a photo ID — preferably a driver’s license, but any legal form of identification such as military ID or passport will work as well. In addition, we recommend that you bring a list of your current medications and doses.
Can I bring a guest with me to my appointment?
Patients are permitted to bring two adult guest to all visits. Please refer to our children policy above.
Does your office take my insurance?
We will always let you know prior to scheduling your first appointment with us whether or not our practice takes your insurance; feel free to contact us if you have any concerns. Prior to your first appointment with us, our billing staff will contact you to discuss your benefits and the charges you can expect for your upcoming appointment. We will re-verify your insurance information before each appointment, and if there are any changes, the billing staff will contact you.
Is prenatal ultrasound safe?
All medical procedures have risk. However, it is generally considered safe for mom and baby when used appropriately and performed by a trained technician, called a sonographer.