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Pregnancy

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Welcome, WHA Moms!

Our team at Women’s Health Advantage is honored that you have chosen us to help bring your baby into this world. It is our mission to provide the highest quality, individualized care for you and to deliver your baby in the safest way possible.

Our care team at Women’s Health Advantage will provide you with the education, care and guidance you should expect during your pregnancy and labor process, while empowering you to help manage your own care to make the best informed decisions.

Newly Pregnant Patients

Please call us (260-432-4400) to schedule your first appointment, which is typically scheduled between 10 and 12 weeks after your last menstrual cycle. You might need an earlier appointment if any of the following circumstances apply:
• You have a history of miscarriage(s) or an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
• You are experiencing severe nausea and vomiting (please see our Safe Medications During Pregnancy handout for suggestions if you are experiencing mild nausea and vomiting)
• You are experiencing vaginal bleeding or significant abdominal pain
• You are on medications that might need to be reviewed by your physician to determine if you can safely continue these in pregnancy

If you are a new WHA patient, you will need to complete the following online forms prior to your first appointment:

 

We offer testing as early as 9 weeks to screen for a variety of genetic conditions and determine your baby’s sex, if desired. If you are interested in this test, please check with your insurance prior to your appointment. The diagnosis code for insurance purposes is “Z34.81, Supervision of other normal pregnancy, first trimester.”

Please note that ALL patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at their first appointment. The legal guardian also must bring a copy of guardianship papers with them to the initial appointment. At this appointment, the parent/legal guardian can complete a minor consent form that will allow the minor to be seen for most appointments without their parent/legal guardian present.

Delivery Location Pre-Registration

As an independent group, we are able to team up with local hospitals including Dupont Hospital, Lutheran Hospital and Parkview Regional Medical Center as delivery locations for our pregnant patients. We give you the freedom to choose the hospital that is right for you.

Pre-registration is recommended for deliveries at Dupont Hospital and Lutheran Hospital.

For deliveries at Parkview Regional Medical Center, patients must fill out a form (link below) before pre-registering. A staff member from Parkview will then contact you to take care of the next steps in the process.

Please note that our physicians do NOT deliver at Parkview Hospital Randallia, St. Joseph Hospital or Lutheran Downtown Hospital. We request that you do NOT go to these hospitals for any reason related to pregnancy or gynecologic care.

Dupont Hospital Pre-Registration
Lutheran Hospital Pre-Registration
Parkview Contact Form

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Women’s Health Advantage physicians are members of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AGOG). ACOG is the premier professional membership organization for obstetrician–gynecologists. The College’s activities include producing educational materials for patients and initiatives aimed at improving women’s health, and advocating on behalf of members and patients.

Visit the ACOG website for more information about pregnancy-related issues.

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Lutheran Health Network Laborist Programs

Women’s Health Advantage physicians partner with Dupont and Lutheran Hospitals to provide Laborist services at each location 24/7. Both hospitals have achieved the status of Perinatal Level III Centers within Indiana. This designation requires that at all times, an obstetrician and anesthesiologist are present at each hospital, as well as immediate availability of neonatalogists.

Hospitals with Perinatal Level III status are able to provide high-level and immediate care for many types of emergent and complicated obstetrical situations. They are also referral centers for smaller, community hospitals. While Northeast Indiana is fortunate to have three Level III Birthplaces (including Parkview Regional Medical Center), WHA physicians are proud to be the sole providers of this service to two of these hospitals.

At Women’s Health Advantage, we give you the power to choose the hospital that is right for you and your delivery.

Pregnancy FAQs

What is a trusted internet source for information on pregnancy, labor and delivery?

Can I exercise?

Can I have sex?

Can I drink caffeine?

What foods should I limit or avoid?

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?

Can I get my hair colored or highlighted?

When can I find out if I am having a girl or a boy?

Can I tour the hospital where I am planning to deliver?

Should I take childbirth and/or breastfeeding classes?

Should I make a birth preference list?

Am I allowed to and should I attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean)?

Will my doctor deliver my baby?

Where can I get a breast pump?

How will I find out my test results?

What resources are available for mothers and families raising children with Down Syndrome?

What is known about the COVID-19 virus and vaccination guidance in pregnancy?

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