Do you think you could be pregnant? Let us help you find out for sure! We offer pregnancy tests that can be used as soon as the first day after your missed period. Let us confirm if you’re pregnant, even if you had a negative pregnancy test at home. If your test is positive, we can quickly and easily start working with you on your prenatal care, to benefit you and your baby right away.
Prenatal Care at The Midwife Group, Women’s Health and Birth Center offers you more. We provide the highest quality of care available, responding to your individual needs and preferences. All of our healthcare practices are supported by research and are safe for both you and your baby. Our goal is to provide you with the care that will help you for years to come. Our Prenatal Care services include:
- Antepartum Appointments
- All prenatal care with the choice of traditional or group prenatal education sessions called “Prenatal Care Plus” – our value-added prenatal care program.
- Prenatal Education
- Ultrasound Appointments
- Labor And Birth Care
- Water Birth
- Early Postpartum and Newborn Care
- And more…
We believe that having a baby is a special time for you and your family. That’s why our Birth Center Team is dedicated to making your experience as comfortable and wonderful as possible throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond. As part of our Prenatal Care, we also offer postpartum services. Caring for you and your baby in the first few hours and days post-delivery is vital to your success as a new family. We’ll help you during your transition to parenthood with:
- Breastfeeding Assistance And Lactation Services
- Early Post-Partum Visits at 24-72 Hours with a Newborn Feeding Consultation and a 1-week Visit in Addition to your 6-week Follow-Up
- Emotional Transition
- Healing Assessment, Including Postpartum Mood Disorders
- Support & Guidance For The First Few Weeks
Let us help take care of you and your newborn in the first 48-72 hours post-birth and beyond. We’ll complete your newborn’s metabolic screening, hearing testing, heart defect screening and more.
Prenatal Care-“Plus” is a program that brings together women who have babies due around the same time for prenatal care, sharing, socializing and learning- all at one convenient time. The program consists of 6 sessions, each lasting about 2 hours. The sessions begin about mid-pregnancy and conclude about a month before your due date. Think of these as six prescheduled appointments. You will have your appointment and your educational session at the same time. Your group number will correspond with your due month, so all the ladies in your group will be due the same month as you. A nurse-midwife leads each group meeting. You will learn to check your weight and blood pressure and the nurse-midwife will measure and feel for the growth of the baby and listen for the baby’s heartbeat. Laboratory work is done at the appropriate times. There is time for individual questions and concerns. Before the sessions begin and after they end, individual appointments will be scheduled as needed. The baby’s father or another support person is welcome to attend with you. We ask that you not bring children, as this is a time especially for you. If at any time you need or require an individual visit with your nurse-midwife, we will arrange it. Group size is limited so we encourage you to enroll early. This program is offered at no additional charge.
If for some reason you are unable to enroll in Prenatal Care Plus, visits will be arranged on a traditional schedule. If this is your first baby or first birth center birth, we encourage you to attend the alternate breastfeeding and childbirth preparation class offered at the Birth Center. These classes include a small fee.
The Birth Center is state-licensed and nationally certified to provide a safe and comfortable place to have your baby. The midwives are able to deliver babies in the hospital when necessary but our preference and primary site of care is the Birth Center. The Midwife Group has been providing safe and sensitive care to women of coastal Georgia since 1987.
Women’s Health Services
Well Woman and GYN Exams and PAP Tests
Your annual Well Woman exam is vital to your health at every age. This exam protects your health and can help us find reproductive issues and diseases early. Take care of your body by scheduling your Well Women exam, also called gynecological exams, pelvic exams, and annual exams. Your annual exam will help you manage your health, detect diseases, and prevent serious illnesses. Early detection is often the key to protecting your health, and we can help. Our Well Woman exam includes:
- General Health History
- Sexual Health History
- Review Of Medications
- Contraceptive Counseling
- Menopause Counseling
- Physical Exam
- Laboratory Testing As Needed
- Breast Exam
- External Genital Exam
- Pap Smear Screening for Cervical Cancer
Family Planning and Birth Control
The decision to start a family is something that many women plan to do at some point in their lives. However, now may not be the best time. Planning ahead can help to avoid an unplanned pregnancy and ensure that you’re in the best health when you decide the time is right for you. Our family planning and birth control services can help successfully plan out your road to pregnancy. These services include an in-depth look at your reproductive life cycle and plan. We will personally help you determine your pregnancy path and attend to your individual needs. We will help you answer questions like:
- When do I want to start having kids?
- How many kids do I want?
- If I get pregnant unexpectedly, what will I do?
- How will I prevent pregnancy?
There are many birth control options available to women who do not want to have kids now or ever. Depending on your goals, we offer a range of contraceptive methods that you can choose from. Some of those birth control methods include:
- Barriers: Barrier methods such as male condoms, female condoms, and diaphragms can help you avoid pregnancy in the immediate future.
- Hormonal Methods: Hormonal methods of birth control include pills, vaginal rings, patches, and the birth control shot.
- Long-Lasting Contraceptives: The intrauterine device (IUD) or implant are long-acting reversible contraceptives.
- Emergency Contraceptives: If you have unprotected sex, emergency contraceptives like the “morning after” pill and Plan B can help.
- Permanent Sterilization: Getting your tubes tied can ensure that you never become pregnant.
Peri-menopause and Menopause
Peri-menopause and menopause can occur over months and years. These two stages make the time when your body is transitioning into menopause and where your hormone levels can rise or fall drastically. During this time, a woman may experience many symptoms that can last four to five years or longer including hot flashes, menstrual irregularity, mood changes, vaginal dryness, and more. Our expert midwives can help you navigate this new stage of your life by offering care and talking openly with you about your symptom and the changes that your body is undergoing. We offer:
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Evaluation Of Abnormal Menopause Symptoms
We offer a complete range of gynecological services for women of all ages. Our services include:
- STD Care
- Yeast Infection Treatment
- Menopause Care
- Period Issues
- PMS Care
Woman’s Intimate Wellness
Women of all ages may experience:
- Vaginal dryness
- Leaking of urine
- Stress incontinence (leaking of urine with coughing, sneezing, exercise)
- Painful intercourse (lack of desire related to pain)
- Poor pelvic tone
Whether your situation is related to childbirth, breastfeeding, pre- or post-menopausal, we can offer you a self-directed FDA rated non-surgical option as well as medical management. Call and schedule an appointment for an Intimate Wellness Assessment. HELP is available.
“I was lucky – I’m 65 years old, and no leaking issues. After several bouts of bronchitis, it was awful – embarassment, cost of pads, smell. Two to three weeks after starting with my vFit Plus, I am in control of my bladder again!!”
“I am 45 years old and was having some leaking, mainly when I coughed or sneezed. Because of my age, I was embaraased to say anything to my provider until I found out about the vFit Plus. After using the vFit for about 2-3 weeks, my issue has resolved. vFit Plus also helps with dryness as well. Where have you been vFit?!”
Preconception and Minor Infertility Issues
Caring for your health is vital before you ever try to become pregnant. At The Midwife Group, Women’s Health and Birth Center we offer preconception care to give you your best chance of getting pregnant. We can help you address any underlying medical issues, and help you become your healthiest self—emotionally and physically—as you take the next step to starting your family. During a preconception counseling appointment with our midwives, you can expect a discussion of your:
- Diet, Prenatal Vitamins, And Health Concerns
- Reproductive History
- Medical History
- Surgical History
- Current Medications
- Home And Workplace Environment
Laboratory & Diagnostic Services
At The Midwife Group, Women’s Health and Birth Center, we complete many laboratory services on-site for a quick turn around. This includes the ability to draw blood and perform ultrasounds. By providing laboratory testing services in-house, our midwives are able to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat all of our patients. Our in-house laboratory services include:
- Glucose And Hemoglobin Analysis
- Full Urinalysis
- Microscopic Wet Prep Tests
- Blood Draws
- On-site ultrasounds
Contact us at 912-629-6262 to schedule your appointment.