- Vital Signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature)
- Monitoring the fetal heart rate
- Measuring the size and growth of your uterus (fundal height)
- Palpating the position of your baby, and teaching you and your partner to do the same
- Risk Assessment
If you are birthing at home, we will come to your home for a home visit at 36 weeks.
Central Texas Birth Center does not require that you have an ultrasound during your pregnancy. However, we understand that some families would like to know the sex of their baby, or have a diagnostic ultrasound for peace of mind. In addition, there are some circumstances where ultrasound can be a beneficial diagnostic tool.
Central Texas Birth Center refers to several different ultrasound companies for diagnostic ultrasounds. We are happy to find you the most cost effective option for obtaining your ultrasound. In addition, we have several referral options for non-diagnostic ultrasounds, i.e. keepsake ultrasounds. Please contact our office for an ultrasound referral.
After your baby is born, we will continue to monitor you and your baby to ensure that you are both stable and healthy. We will guide you through delivering the placenta and assist you with breastfeeding as soon as you’re ready. It will be a priority to make sure you are staying hydrated, and many mothers are hungry for an actual meal at this point which we encourage. You must stay for at least two hours after your placenta has been delivered, but many families will prefer to take a nap and rest a while before heading home. Postpartum care continues after you leave, including:
- 24 hour phone consultation
- 1-3 day home visit
- 2 week office visit
- 6 week office visit
- Weight and Length – Head, chest, and stomach circumference
- Vitals – Respirations, Heart Rate, Temperature
- Reflexes – moro, grasp, suck, swallow, sneeze,etc.
- Skin – color, birthmarks, vernix
- Head and neck
- Back – normal curve, hair tuft
- General Appearance – activity, muscle tone, cry
- Eyes – placement, reactive
- Ears, nose, throat
- Chest/breast – heart and lung sounds
- Abdomen – including cord treatment
- …and more