Pre-Conception and Maternity Care: Frequently Asked Questions
UW Health certified nurse-midwives offer advice for achieving optimal health both before and during pregnancy, as well as screening for potential problems.
How will my care be scheduled?
If you did not see the nurse-midwives for a preconception visit, your first visit should be scheduled early in your pregnancy. At the first visit, your nurse-midwife will obtain lab work, perform a physical exam, and discuss your pregnancy and the nurse-midwifery service with you. The first visit will take about two hours, and subsequent regular visits will take approximately 20 minutes, depending on your needs.
The typical schedule for prenatal visits is monthly until 28 weeks, every two weeks until 36 weeks, and weekly until birth. This schedule may vary, depending upon the needs of the client and the prenatal course.
The UW Health nurse-midwives have a shared group practice, which means they rotate call at the hospital and at their clinic sites.
Will I ever meet a doctor?
Most clients do not see a physician during their pregnancy or birth. However, a physician is available at all times for consultation. If obstetrical or general medical complications arise, a physician will become involved in your care alongside the UW Health nurse-midwives.
Where will I give birth?
Births are attended by the UW Health nurse-midwives at the Meriter Hospital Birthing Center. Women labor, deliver and usually spend their postpartum recovery time in one room. Your baby may remain in the room with you at all times. Nursery service is also available.
The nurse-midwives will follow your recovery while you are in the hospital. A nurse-midwife is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any questions or problems that arise.
Open houses are scheduled throughout the year at Meriter Hospital, and give you the opportunity to tour the Birthing Center and meet the UW Health nurse-midwives.
What if complications arise?
If a woman develops a serious health problem or high risk complication during her pregnancy or in labor, her care may need to be transferred completely to the obstetrician. If the problem is less serious, she may be collaboratively managed by both the midwives and the physicians.