1. Do you only take care of pregnant women?
We provide the full scope of women’s health services including: general well-woman care from adolescence to menopause and beyond, pre-conceptual counseling, preventive care, such as Pap test, breast exams, cholesterol screenings, sick visits, etc.
2. Do you have evening hours?
Evening hours may be available upon request. Please ask the Patient Service Representative about them when you call to make an appointment.
3. How am I notified about test results?
Patients will receive test results by mail or telephone 10-14 business days after we receive the results. If your physician feels the test requires your immediate attention, you will be contacted by the physician. If you have not received notification after 14 business days, please contact our office at 304-725-2038
4. How can I get a refill for a prescription?
Contact your pharmacy to request medication refill. The pharmacy will send us the request. Please allow 72 hours for the request to be processed, both by our office and the pharmacy. All controlled substance medications require a written prescription from your physician.
5. If I use Women’s Health & Family Medicine for my obstetrical care, where will my child be born?
All of the physicians (and midwife) have full admitting privileges with University Healthcare. Childbirth occurs in a warm and comfortable, family-centered environment. Spouses, partners, or family members are encouraged to support and share in the birth experience throughout your stay.
6. Are epidurals available at Jefferson Medical Center?
Yes, epidurals are available 24/7 at WVUH-East/Jefferson Medical Center.
7. Are there any foods that I should avoid during pregnancy?
A well-balanced diet is essential when you’re pregnant. Your developing baby requires a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. As with anything question you have during pregnancy, it is a good idea to discuss any concerns you have with your physician, however in general our recommendations are as follows:
* Raw meat or fish (including uncooked seafood like oysters or clams, and undercooked beef or poultry)
* Smoked seafood
* Deli meats (possible exposure to Listeria)
* Raw eggs (sometimes used in homemade ice cream, salad dressings and homemade mayonnaise)
* Soft cheeses (including Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, Feta, Gorgonzola, Queso blanco and Queso Fresco)
* Unpasteurized milk
* Any fish that’s exposed to industrial pollutants or mercury (bluefish, striped bass, salmon, pike, trout, walleye, shark, swordfish, mackerel, and tilefish)
* Caffeine can be consumed in moderation (less than 300 mg per day) AFTER the first trimester. During the first trimester, it is safest to avoid all caffeine.
* All raw vegetables should be thoroughly washed before eating to avoid possible exposure to toxoplasmosis. Which may contaminate the soil where the vegetables grow.
8. Tell me more about Gestational Diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a kind of diabetes that can happen during pregnancy. It usually goes away after delivery. It is treated by controlling blood sugar. Some women can do this with a special diet for diabetes and staying active. Other women will need help from medication to control it. Gestational diabetes can cause the baby to get too big — 9 pounds or more. A baby that is too big can cause problems during delivery and can result in the baby can having breathing problems or blood sugar that is too low at birth.
However, women with gestational diabetes can give birth to healthy babies by keeping their blood sugar under control.
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9. Is elective labor induction recommended?
A woman and her doctor or midwife can decide to start labor near the woman’s due date by a choice made together. “Elective” means that it is done for reasons other than a problem with the pregnancy. Elective induction of labor is starting labor near your due date but before your body has gone into labor on its own, usually by medication.
It is a complex issue and generally not recommended for women before 39 weeks of pregnancy (1 week before your due date). The decision should only be made after a thorough discussion with your doctor or midwife.
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Elective Labor Induction