Prenatal Care Services & Treatments
Find out more about our services:
- Conditions and consultations
- Diagnosis and treatments
- Prenatal care specialists
- Prenatal care locations near you
- Prenatal care specialists near you
Conditions and consultations
Our prenatal care providers deliver personalized care through a series of appointments designed to monitor the health and well-being of you and your baby. This includes:
- Prepregnancy counseling. Your provider will answer your questions about pregnancy and help evaluate your readiness.
- An initial assessment. During this appointment, your provider will confirm your pregnancy, estimate your due date, gather a medical history and discuss preexisting health conditions.
- Regular check-ups.
In-person and virtual check-ups help track you and your baby’s health. Your provider will:
- Monitor your weight gain, blood pressure, and pregnancy discomforts such as morning sickness and back pain; discuss emotional changes, your safety, and other concerns you have; and give you needed immunizations.
- Monitor baby’s heart rate, measure the size of the uterus and evaluate baby’s growth.
- Watch for signs of complications, such as preeclampsia, gestational hypertension and preterm labor.
- Ongoing education. Education ensures you are informed about your pregnancy, risks and complications and what to do when you go into labor. You will learn about prenatal education options and discuss your desire to breastfeed and your birth plan.
- Nutritional support. Your provider will discuss dietary recommendations and prescribe prenatal vitamins.
Diagnosis and treatments
We specialize in diagnosing and treating several conditions related to pregnancy and will develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your preferences. We provide:
- High-risk and low-risk pregnancy care. See the Conditions and Consultation section above.
- Virtual prenatal care. This program, available at select locations, is for women with low-risk pregnancies looking for a more active role in their prenatal care and the convenience of fewer clinic visits. In this program, prenatal care combines traditional office visits with Connected Care visits and in-home monitoring. Virtual care patients receive the same Consultations as in-person care patients. Not all prenatal care providers participate in this program.
- Blood and urine tests. These are needed to screen for infections and preeclampsia, test for gestational diabetes and anemia, and check your blood type and Rh factor.
- Ultrasound exams. Ultrasounds confirm your baby’s due date, assess fetal development, and identify any health issues. Ultrasounds may be offered in the office or Radiology, depending on your prenatal care provider.
- Intrauterine insemination. Limited providers offer this procedure once fertility issues have been identified. During this procedure, your provider places sperm directly in the uterus, the organ in which a baby develops, to improve your chances of becoming pregnant.
- Hysterosalpingogram. Some prenatal care providers can evaluate female infertility. During this procedure, X-ray contrast is injected into your uterus, and an X-ray is taken to check for problems inside the uterus. The test also shows whether the fluid passes out of the uterus and spills out of your fallopian tubes.
Prenatal Care specialists
Our team of experts, including nurse-midwives, OB-GYN providers, family medicine providers, nurses, and specialized staff, work together to care for you. Finding a provider whose approach to labor, delivery and pain management aligns with yours is important.
Select a healthcare provider for your baby
OB-GYNs and most nurse-midwives do not provide primary care for children, but family medicine prenatal providers do. If you are not establishing care with a family medicine provider, you must choose a healthcare provider for your baby. Choose from Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine or Family Medicine providers.
Additional care and therapies may be provided by:
- Birthing Centers
- Genetic Counseling
- Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology (Fertility)
You can make an appointment without a referral from your provider — call the appointment number at your preferred location.
What should I bring for my first appointment?
For your first appointment, bring your current prescription information or medical records from non-Mayo Clinic Health System facilities. Complete a medical records release form to authorize the transfer of health records from another healthcare facility to us. Visit our Medical Record Forms page for this form and other forms in multiple languages.
How long does an appointment take?
The appointment length depends on the patient's specific medical situation or concern. We recommend calling your preferred prenatal care location to inquire about the appointment length for your health needs.
Does Mayo Clinic Health System offer virtual visits?
What are my payment options, and do you offer financial assistance?
Visit the billing page of your preferred location for information on insurance, billing and payments. We serve patients in difficult financial circumstances and offer financial assistance to those who have an established need to receive medically necessary services. Learn more about financial assistance options.
Can you provide a second opinion?
Yes — call the appointment number at your preferred prenatal care location.