Pregnancy and Obstetric Care at Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology
Patients of Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology receive comprehensive obstetrical care that is seamlessly managed among our physicians, nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse practitioners. Highly-trained Drexel obstetricians and midwives are on hand to provide expectant mothers with total pregnancy care from conception and prenatal care through labor and delivery and postpartum care.
Planning for a Pregnancy
Those who are planning to get pregnant can schedule a preconception visit where we identify any avoidable risks to the developing baby during the critical first three months of pregnancy. This visit is particularly important if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications, have a significant health problem, or have a history of genetic diseases in your or your partner's families.
Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends genetic counseling for women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant and meet any of the following criteria:
- Will be 35 years or older at the time of delivery.
- Have had a previous pregnancy or child diagnosed with a birth defect or developmental delay.
- Received an abnormal maternal serum screening test result indicating the pregnancy is at an increased risk for a chromosome abnormality or spina bifida.
- Have a family history of a chromosome abnormality.
- Have a family history of a known or suspected inherited genetic disorder.
- Have experienced a previous pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, death in the newborn period).
- The physician suspects a fetal abnormality.
- Are pregnant with multiple fetuses.
- Have been exposed to certain medications, street drugs, alcohol, chemicals, X-rays, specific infections or other potentially harmful agents.
- Either partner is of an ethnic origin known to have a higher occurrence of specific genetic disorders.
- Is a blood relative of her partner.
When caring for women who are having difficulty conceiving, Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology partners with Main Line Fertility and Reproductive Medicine. Their specialists work with couples to provide the least invasive and most advanced options for successful conception. Patients benefit from excellent success rates, personal attention, and affordable financing plans.
Comprehensive Care During Your Pregnancy
Drexel's obstetricians and nurse-midwives provide comprehensive care throughout pregnancy, labor and delivery, and childbirth. Our prenatal services focus on the health of the mother and baby through nutrition, exercise, and the management of any conditions that may arise during the pregnancy. We can also help women and their partners select childbirth classes and develop birth plans for medication, monitoring, and other procedures during labor and delivery.
A pregnancy may be considered high risk if the mother is under age 17 or over the age of 35 at the time of delivery. Other factors that may make a pregnancy high risk include:
- A pre-existing medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid problems, asthma or any other chronic illness.
- A family history of inherited disorders, a previous high risk pregnancy, or gynecologic problems.
- Medical problems that arise during pregnancy such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Pregnancy-related issues such as multiple births, premature labor, or a baby with a genetic defect.
- Problems with the placenta during pregnancy such as placenta previa.
Drexel's perinatologists evaluate women who fall in the high-risk category, identify any problems early, avoid complications, and work to ensure that the mother and her baby have the best outcome possible.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.