The Importance of Prenatal Care

Baptist Health Madisonville: The Importance of Prenatal Care

OB/GYN Katie Friday, MD, describes the services Baptist Health Madisonville provides to new moms, including prenatal and postpartum education, care for high-risk pregnancies, and breast-feeding support.

The Importance of Prenatal Care Health Talks Transcript

Katie Friday, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
At Baptist Health Madisonville, we offer a full, comprehensive realm of prenatal care, with midwifery services or with a doctor, throughout your pregnancies. We then offer labor and delivery services, even for high-risk pregnancies. We offer care through the postpartum period and then afterward, if you need additional things such as GYN care or just routine women’s health.

Having a new baby is a very special time in someone’s life, and a lot of times you want to spend that time with family, friends, support people, husbands, mothers, grandmothers, and we do encourage all those people to be present. However, we want to limit it in the delivery room to make it more of an intimate setting so we can focus on you and your baby. Immediately following delivery, we offer the mom that special time to spend with their baby called “kangaroo care.” That’s that first hour after birth that creates that special bond between you and your new baby. With a new mother, we always encourage breast-feeding. It’s a great way to bond with your baby, and it’s also been shown to be very beneficial to your baby. Postpartum services are offered — we are taking care of you and teaching you how to take care of a newborn. Lactation is here to help you with your goals for breast-feeding. And then, your provider will also see you throughout all of those times to make sure that you and the baby are recovering, healthy, and ready to be discharged home.

This is a great community, and you have lots of support here, including your family and friends. So, why not choose a hospital that’s close to you and can provide all of that care?

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