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Pregnancy and baby

  • Your pregnancy journey
  • Your care team
  • Childbirth education
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Women's health

Before birth

We provide comprehensive and supportive care to keep you and your baby healthy at every stage of your pregnancy.

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Personalized prenatal care

When it comes to the health and well-being of you and your baby, you want exceptional care from caregivers you can trust.

Our prenatal specialists have years of experience and work as a team to give you the healthiest and safest pregnancy possible.

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A supportive and nurturing pregnancy journey

It may seem like you see your care provider more often than your closest friends during pregnancy. Our pregnancy caregivers are here to help guide you so you feel supported and confident during this incredible journey.

We provide comprehensive care from routine prenatal appointments to advanced diagnostic testing and high-risk pregnancy care.

 

Prenatal appointments

Your prenatal visit schedule will depend on your overall health and whether there are any complications, but you can begin to plan around this schedule:

  • Weeks 4 to 28: You’ll visit your doctor or midwife once a month.
  • Weeks 28 to 36: Get ready for twice-monthly visits.
  • Weeks 36 to delivery: You’re coming around to full term and will have weekly appointments.
  • Referrals, as necessary, to specialists who are among the nation’s best.

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Fetal monitoring and prenatal testing

We perform a variety of tests to make sure you and your baby are doing well throughout pregnancy.

These tests may include:

Learn more about prenatal testing.

 

Vaccinations

If it’s flu season, or if you’re behind on immunizations, you may be offered a:

  • Flu vaccine from October through March
  • Tdap vaccine

Learn more about immunizations.

 

High-risk pregnancy care

If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. These highly-trained doctors will work side-by-side with your OB-GYN to minimize risks and help you achieve the healthiest pregnancy possible. With Intermountain Health’s connected hospital system, providers at all locations can consult 24/7 with these highly-trained specialists.

Learn more about advanced maternal and fetal care.

 

Miscarriage and stillbirth support

For parents who are going through the experience of losing a baby, we offer emotional, social, and practical support programs. Talk to your care provider about how we can support you and your family through this loss.

Register for childbirth classes

Feel prepared and confident for the big day. We offer education, classes, and support group events for expecting parents.

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Getting prepared for baby

Wondering what you need to do while you wait for your little one to arrive? Here’s what you can do to start preparing:

Choose a care provider

As soon as you have your first positive pregnancy test, you’ll want to schedule a visit with an OB-GYN, midwife, or family practice provider to confirm your pregnancy.

Our pregnancy care team includes a wide range of maternal and newborn caregivers including:

Learn more about our pregnancy care providers.

 

Make a birth plan

You have choices when it comes to your childbirth experience. From your preferences for pain relief to who will cut the cord, mark these down in your birth plan and bring it along when you head to the hospital.

 

Decide how you’ll manage pain during labor

It’s impossible to predict how long you’ll be in labor before your baby arrives. After all — your baby is the one in charge! That’s why it’s important to learn about, and prepare for, this part of your pregnancy experience.

Learn more about managing your pain during labor.

 

Know the signs of preterm labor

Babies are considered full term at 37 weeks, so if your labor begins before then, it’s considered preterm or premature labor.

Some signs include:

  • Backache
  • Change in the type or amount of vaginal discharge
  • Contractions, especially four or more in an hour
  • Diarrhea
  • Gush of fluid from the vagina
  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • Pressure in the lower belly

Learn about common problems of premature or sick infants.


Choose a pediatrician

Your doctor or midwife will deliver your baby and care for you. However, because your newborn will need his or her own doctor during your stay and for follow-up appointments, choose and contact a pediatrician before you come to the hospital.

If you don’t have a pediatrician that you already know of, we’ll help you find the perfect doctor for your little one.

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FAQs

No matter if you’re four weeks along or coming up on your due date, if you have questions about labor, delivery, or life with a newborn, we’re here for you.

Every insurance plan differs in the coverage they provide for you and your baby. You may want to check whether preauthorization is required, the authorized length of stay, and which testing or procedures are covered. Your insurance carrier also will help you understand your copayments and deductibles.

You generally have 30 days from the date of birth to add your newborn to your primary insurance policy. We’ll let your insurance carrier know if you or your baby stays at the hospital longer due to complications.

Call our pre-registration office, and a financial counselor will help you figure out the best payment options. You may also qualify for financial assistance. Learn more about our financial assistance and charity care.

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Health for you and baby

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