Scheduling your first appointment
If you are newly pregnant (eight to 12 weeks), and have already chosen your OB/GYN physician, your appointment should be scheduled in the second half of your first trimester. In addition to the initial physical examination, your first visit will include a family and personal health history, instructions regarding your health during your pregnancy, and information regarding proper nutrition and exercise. Come prepared to ask questions and to discuss any concerns you might have. Your family members, friend or partner should accompany you if possible.
High-risk pregnancy specialists
Maternal fetal medicine physicians care for women who have high-risk pregnancies involving obstetric, medical, surgical or genetic complications. These specialists complement obstetrical care providers and can co-manage complex conditions before or during pregnancy.
High-risk pregnancy services
If your health status or family history increases the risk in pregnancy, Main Line Health provides testing and treatment for high risk pregnancies at its four hospital based perinatal testing centers.
We have state-of-the-art labor and delivery facilities at all four of our obstetrical units. Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital are set up with and Labor and Delivery Room (LDR) model where the patient and baby labor, deliver and stay in the same room. Lankenau Medical Center and Bryn Mawr Hospital have a LDR model where the patient labors in one room and then is transferred to a postpartum room.
We have lactation consultants at each of our hospitals; they will educate and assist in establishing breastfeeding and provide ongoing support after you are discharged.
We provide obstetrical ultrasound for routine pregnancies as well as high risk pregnancies. This also includes:
- Nuchal translucency (NT) screening
- Serum screening such as Quad/Penta screen or sequential screen or alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) screen
- Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing
- Chorionic villi sampling
- Level I and level II ultrasound
- Abdominal – the ultrasound is performed using a transducer that slides across the abdomen
- Transvaginal – this ultrasounds transducer is a wand that is inserted into the vagina to produce a better image of the cervix, placenta and lower uterus
With ultrasound, about 80 percent of all birth defects can be detected. There is only a three to four percent chance that your child will have a birth defect (congenital anomaly).
Ultrasound is a safe and easy way to monitor your baby’s progress throughout your pregnancy and scans will be conducted at regular intervals. Talk to your physician to determine the timing and frequency of your ultrasounds. To schedule an ultrasound at one of our Main Line Health locations, call 484.580.1800.
Once you have confirmed your pregnancy, seen your OB/GYN physician, and have a projected delivery date, you should register with your hospital’s Labor and Delivery Service so that they can be prepared for your arrival.
Prenatal and childbirth education
Main Line Health offers a variety of classes and programs to support you during your pregnancy and prepare you for childbirth and parenting. We even offer online access to information and resources through our Women’s Health Source program.
A tour of the maternity unit is included in the one-day and three-week series prepared childbirth classes. If you are not taking a prepared childbirth class with us and wish to attend a childbirth tour, please schedule your tour around your 28th week.
Selecting a pediatrician
Main Line Health offers more than 100 pediatricians to choose from. When making your choice do your homework. We recommend talking to family, friends and colleagues. Take into consideration office locations convenient to home or work, physician availability, experience and philosophy of care.