Family Medicine

Maternity Resources and Information

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Family Physicians can provide prenatal care, deliver your baby, then care for both you and your newborn from birth to college? Then, hopefully they will decide to stay with their family physician for the rest of their lives.

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This is one aspect of a Family Physician that is so special and unique!!!

Prenatal care, or Maternity Care, is the care provided by a doctor or other healthcare professional for your health care needs while you are transitioning into motherhood. If you become pregnant, you can continue your care during pregnancy with your primary care physician. We offer prenatal care at all 3 of our Family Medicine locations both in Galveston and Dickinson, as well as the Ball High School Teen Prenatal Clinic for anyone under the age of 21.

At our Family Medicine clinics you will be educated on healthy habits during your pregnancy, receive all necessary testing, provided counseling if needed, and have the opportunity to develop a long lasting relationship with your physician. You will be provided with comprehensive prenatal care during your pregnancy and after you deliver. Your physician will deliver your new bundle of joy at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, TX. Your new baby can be seen and cared for by the same doctor that delivered your little bundle. Our Family Medicine faculty and residents believe that this is the true idea of a Family Physician, to take care of your entire family. Our patient’s love the convenience of being able to see 1 doctor for everything their family needs!

Receiving care while you are pregnant is very important. Beginning your care early helps to ensure a healthy pregnancy and prevents the risk of complications like early labor, diabetes, and pre-eclampsia. Eating a healthy diet and exercise are important to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. It is also important to take your prenatal vitamins and supplements like folic acid daily. Make sure to keep all appointments with your physician as they are all necessary. Your appointments will consist of measuring your blood pressure, checking your weight, measuring your uterus when appropriate, listening to your baby’s heartbeat when appropriate, and performing the necessary tests during your pregnancy. After delivery, you will have the opportunity to be counseled on and provided birth control, giving your body time to heal.

Each pregnancy is a new experience and no 2 pregnancies are alike. There will be questions as you go and we are here to help you and your newborn baby. So when you become pregnant and your family begins to expand, come to UTMB Family Medicine for all of your prenatal needs!

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For appointments please call the clinic phone number or visit our online appointment form. When you schedule your appointment, please be ready to provide your insurance information. Also, please try to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to help avoid delays. Payment of any co-pay is due prior to initiation of the visit. If you are running late to an appointment, please call us, as we may be able to find another appointment time on the same day. Following these steps helps us to ensure that you are seen in a timely and effective manner.
If you have an after hour emergency please call the Access Center at (409) 772-2222 or toll free at (800) 917-8906. If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty breathing or experiencing severe bleeding or pain dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
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