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- Choose a Prenatal Care Provider
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Choose a Prenatal Care Provider in La Crosse
Starting or growing a family is an exciting time. One of the many steps to preparing for baby is to select a provider who cares for you during pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Women can choose from family medicine physicians for their maternity care. Beyond your primary provider, an entire team of experts and specialized staff work together to serve you. Brief videos are available to help you select a healthcare provider whose approach to labor, delivery and pain management aligns with yours.
Family medicine providers
Family medicine physicians are trained to care for people of all ages. They provide preconception counseling and prenatal care. Typically, the family medicine physician who cares for you in clinic will deliver your newborn. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family.
Family medicine physician residents
Residents are family medicine physicians in training through the Mayo Family Medicine Residency program. Residents often have faculty members participating in care so patients receive the benefit of the resident and physician. Residents provide preconception counseling, prenatal care, and labor and delivery care for low-risk pregnancies. Typically, the resident who cares for you in clinic will deliver your newborn. They care for the medical needs of infants, children and your entire family.
Nurse midwives are advanced-practice providers with specialized training, education and certification in women's gynecological health issues. Nurse midwives provide preconception counseling, prenatal care, and labor and delivery care for low-risk pregnancies. They only provide women’s healthcare. Nurse midwives provide 24/7 in-house coverage for the birth center. They assess all patients when they arrive for labor and delivery, and provide active labor support and delivery, as well as postpartum evaluation. They provide additional services beyond maternity care.
Physicians who have completed specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology are commonly referred to as Obstetricians, OB-GYNs, or simply OBs. OB-GYNs provide preconception counseling, fertility, prenatal care for those with high-risk factors, serve as backup for all deliveries and are on-call for consultation. They focus on supporting those with high-risk women’s healthcare needs
OTHER TEAM MEMBERS
Maternity counselors will be your guide and navigator through your pregnancy, and they will provide education that complements and expands on the information shared by your healthcare provider. They are nurses who are specially trained in pregnancy and childbirth. They will help you prepare your tailored birth plan if you wish and answer all your questions.
Perinatologists/maternal-fetal medicine specialists
Physicians who specialize in the care of your baby before he or she is born are perinatologists, or maternal-fetal specialists. They focus on managing health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during and shortly after pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are specialists within the field of obstetrics.