An obstetrician cares for women when they are pregnant. They have been trained to care for both the mother and the unborn child during both normal and complicated pregnancies.
Our practice delivers babies at F.F. Thompson Hospital's Birthing Center, recognized by The Joint Commission for Advanced Perinatal Certification and by Excellus for Blue Distinction+ Maternity Care. At Thompson, the goal is for your prenatal care, labor, delivery and postpartum experience to be as fulfilling as possible. All of our providers try to be personally available to our patients for all their care – including labor and delivery – however, it is impossible to be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Physicians and midwives rotate call coverage after hours, weekends, holidays, and during vacations.
Call our office in the event of:
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Pelvic cramping or unusual abdominal pain
- Temperature over 101°
- Leakage of fluid from the vagina
- Decreased or absent fetal movement
Labor: When to call
If this is your first child:
- Contractions five minutes apart for about an hour
- When your water breaks
- If you have previously delivered: Strong and regular contractions, even if more than five minutes apart when your water breaks
Where to call
Our OB/GYN staff is committed to your healthcare needs even after your delivery. The arrival of a baby is a joyful time but also very stressful. Many new moms experience mood changes such as:
- Episodes of crying
- Feelings of sadness
These mood changes occur because of a sudden drop in hormone levels after delivery. We refer to these as postpartum or baby blues. If these feelings continue after two weeks, this can be a sign of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can happen to any new mom and is not caused by anything you do.
Because postpartum depression can make it difficult to care for your infant, your family and yourself, it is important to recognize if you are experiencing postpartum depression. The sooner we diagnosis postpartum depression, the sooner we can help you.
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you or your family is concerned that you may be experiencing postpartum depression.