To Do: Exercise, work, pregnancy test, make dinner.
Why does it take such a long time for the line to change color on a pregnancy test? Sweaty palms, rapid pulse, double blue lines 6 tests in a row. What’s next?
Whether you’ve been in this position before or are thinking of being this position soon, did you know that you have options for your obstetrical care? For all levels of pregnancy are, you can choose to see an OB/GYN provider. They handle both low and high-risk pregnancies as well as multiple gestations. For those who are seeking prenatal care and have a low-risk pregnancy, you can also choose to see a provider that offers Family Medicine with Obstetrics at The Everett Clinic at Marysville. Both myself and Dr. Wand Gan provide prenatal care for low risk patients who would like a different style of care than a traditional OB/GYN provider.
Our practices each accept only 30-40 patients per year, and we cover our own calls unless out we are of town. Both Dr. Gan and I have a 95+% attendance rate for deliveries, missing only those that progress too quickly or are delivered while we are not available. While in labor, you will most likely be the only patient that we have in the hospital so our attention will not be divided between laboring patients. Once labor reaches a certain stage, then we would be in the hospital to manage your delivery.
After delivery, we can care for both you and your newborn for postpartum, pediatric and general health care. When trying to balance work, life and children, many parents find it convenient to be able to combine their healthcare visits with those of their newborns in the busy transition to parenthood. Dr. Gan and I can perform circumcisions and I also perform vasectomies. Dr. Gan and I are supported in our obstetrical practices by The Everett Clinic OB/GYN team. If there are labor complications or a failure to progress in labor, surgeons are available for immediate consultation and surgical intervention for a C-section if needed, assisted by Dr. Gan or me.
The new (primary) C-section rate of Family Medicine patients at The Everett Clinic is about 15%, due mostly to the acceptance of only low risk, single gestational patients. We do not deliver patients who have previously had a C-section or who wish to have a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC). We are, however, able and willing manage the pregnancy until 36 weeks and then turn the final month over to the Obstetrical Specialists for delivery and to assist in the C-sections. It is not uncommon for us to take care of multiple generations of the same family, I delivered the great grandchild of one of my patients. The relationships formed in a multigenerational practice are deep and long lasting, bringing a level of understanding and experience to a delivery that is not found in other styles of practice. It becomes a family event that transcends medical practice.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to request an appointment, call 360-651-7495.
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