Perinatal Center Services
Obstetrical providers refer patients to the Regional Perinatal Center for consultative services including maternal-fetal medicine, genetic and preconceptual consultations. Recommendations are offered and patients generally continue their care with their local provider. In some cases, on-going care may be transferred to us.
The Regional Perinatal Center also offers comprehensive prenatal care to over 400 patients each year. These patients may have significant maternal and/or fetal complications that place them at high risk. These patients require the expertise of obstetricians specially trained in complications of pregnancy. Regular visits for prenatal care are often conducted by our Certified Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioners in conjunction with our Physicians.
Genetic counseling addresses the problems associated with the occurrence, or risk of occurrence, of a genetic disorder or birth defect in an individual or family. Genetic counselors help families understand the medical facts related to the condition, how hereditary factors contribute to the risk of the condition, and alternatives for dealing with risk of occurrence.
The ultrasound services at the Regional Perinatal Center play a significant role in providing both diagnosis and comprehensive care for obstetrical patients. Examinations are performed on state of the art machines by experienced sonographers registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. The practice is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), insuring commitment to the highest quality of patient care.
Here at the Perinatal Center, our Registered Nurses are a very important part of your care. They are all highly trained professionals and are often a direct link between you and your care provider.
They all have extensive experience in High Risk Pregnancy care. They are able to provide education for all aspects of your pregnancy including but not limited to: normal signs and symptoms of pregnancy, how to recognize preterm labor, diabetes education and HIV counseling. They are also trained in grief counseling and are able to provide support for families during difficult situations.
Should any questions arise, a nurse is available to take your phone calls during normal office hours. Privacy is considered extremely important and you can rest assured that all information is kept confidential.
Proper nutrition plays an important role in the outcome of your pregnancy. Our registered dietitian can provide you with nutritional guidance during and after your pregnancy in areas such as:
- Gestational diabetes
- Achieving appropriate weight gain
- Post partum weight loss
- Smoking cessation
- Nutrition with multiple births
Social work is an important part of the care picture for patients at the Regional Perinatal Center. Services are focused on assisting patients in coping with the possible stresses associated with their high-risk pregnancy. The social worker provides a wide range of services including psychosocial assessment with plan, education and counseling intervention. Information and referral linkage to resources and services in the community are important aspects of this responsibility. The social worker is also able to assist patients and her dependent children in making applications to the New York state insurance and nutrition program called Access New York Health Care.
This program includes:
- Medicaid insurance
- Child Health Plus
- Family Health Plus
- WIC programs