Obstetrics

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Welcoming lives — it is the core of what we do at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare. Our team of over 30 OB/GYNs deliver more than 5,000 babies every year. Whether this is your first delivery or your fourth, our entire team is here to not only provide expert medical care, but also to calm your concerns and help you achieve the birth experience you want.

What is obstetrical care?

Obstetrics is the medical care given to pregnant women by doctors known as obstetricians and focuses on pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. 

What obstetrical services do you provide?

Louisiana Women’s Healthcare proudly offers the full range of specialized obstetrical services:

Care during your Pregnancy

During your pregnancy, it’s important to stay in regular contact with your physician. They can deliver routine prenatal care that ensures you and your baby are as healthy as possible. You’ll have roughly 12 to 15 visits with your provider from pre-conception through delivery. These visits provide an opportunity to voice questions and concerns, as well as receive routine screenings and counseling.

High-risk pregnancies

If your obstetrician determines that your pregnancy is considered high-risk for either you or your baby, you receive special monitoring throughout your pregnancy. High-risk pregnancy factors include:

  • Mothers older than 35
  • Mothers with chronic hypertension, diabetes, heart disorders, poorly controlled asthma, infections and blood-clotting disorders
  • Mothers carrying more than one baby

Care after your pregnancy

The first six weeks following child birth is known as the postpartum period.  It is important that you see your OB/GYN between weeks 4-6 so that your doctor can check on your physical recovery, see how you are doing emotionally, and address your needs going forward.  This visit will be a good time to ask questions to help you adjust to your life with a new baby.

Ultrasounds

Ultrasounds may be performed at various times throughout pregnancy for different reasons. This non-invasive imaging procedure is performed in-office at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.

  • First trimester (weeks 1-12): Ultrasounds are performed to confirm the dates and health of your pregnancy in the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks one to twelve)
  • Mid-trimester (sometimes called the 18 to 20 week scan): Performed to examine the fetal anatomy, check amniotic fluid levels and blood flow patterns, and to observe fetal behavior and activity
  • Third trimester: Assess the placenta and determine the position of a fetus

Choosing an obstetrician in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Pregnancy is a special journey that you can share with your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.  During one of the most important stages of your life, we want to be available when you need it most. From pre-conception counseling to the delivery room, our entire team will strive to make your path to motherhood as comforting and rewarding as possible. If you’re currently pregnant or planning to become pregnant, make an appointment online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.