Not with Dr. Branning. In the vast majority of cases, the same doctor who handles a patient's gynecological needs can also handle their pregnancy and delivery. In rare cases, a specialist may be needed, for example, in the case of very high-risk pregnancies. In this case, the OB-GYN can refer the patient to a doctor who specializes in that particular area of obstetrics.
During the early part of the pregnancy until the middle part of the pregnancy, most doctors will schedule the patient for 1 visit per month. The general guideline for monthly visits is usually between weeks 4 and 28. At the 28 week mark, the prenatal visits will usually be moved to every 2 weeks until the 36th week. At the 36 week point in the pregnancy, the prenatal visits will usually be weekly until the baby is born. This is the schedule that applies to a healthy pregnancy. Women with high-risk pregnancies will usually see the doctor more often from the beginning, with a higher level of monitoring as the pregnancy draws to a close.
This is something that is determined based upon the individual patient. For most women, a healthy vaginal birth will be the goal. However, there are times that this simply isn't possible. If the mother or the baby is at risk in any way, the doctor may recommend a cesarean birth instead. It is important for women to create an ideal birth plan while still keeping in mind that the birth may not go according to that plan. Ultimately, the doctor's goal is to make sure that both mom and baby are healthy and happy, so they will do all they can to make sure that this happens.
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