1. How do I schedule an appointment?
2. What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
3. How long will it take to get my FMLA or disability paperwork completed?
4. What is the process for scheduling surgery if my doctor tells me it is necessary?
1. I have a positive pregnancy test, what do I do next?
2. How many physicians are there at North Florida Women’s Care? Will I see a physician at every visit?
3. Will I always see the same physician at every visit?
4. How often will I be scheduled for my routine office visits?
5.How many ultrasounds will I get? Will I get an ultrasound at my first visit?
6. How many times throughout my pregnancy will I get sent for blood work?
7. What will my physician be checking for at my scheduled visits?
8. What if I have questions between my scheduled office visits?
1.How do I schedule an appointment?
You may call the office directly at 850-877-7241 or use our Patient Portal. If you have never been seen in our office, it is recommended that you call to schedule your appointment. You will need to have your insurance card or your insurance information when you contact the office as we will ask you for that information. Please be able to tell the scheduler if you are having any issues or concerns so that the proper appointment is scheduled. You should know if morning or afternoon works best with your schedule.
2.What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
Your insurance card, a picture ID, your co-payment if applicable, your referral or authorization if applicable and your medical records if they have not been received prior to your appointment. Please bring a smile too as we will be taking your picture when you check-in!
3.How long will it take to get my FMLA or disability paperwork completed?
It usually takes 7 -10 business days from the date we receive them. There is a $25 fee for the completion of disability forms.
4.What is the process for scheduling surgery if my doctor tells me it is necessary?
Your doctor will first write the order which will be forwarded to our Surgery Scheduling department. The surgery scheduler will contact you within 5-7 business days to schedule your surgery. During the 5-7 day period your insurance company is being contacted for benefit verification and surgery authorization, the operating room availability is checked, your doctor's schedule is being checked and the required hospital paperwork is being done. All this must be completed before we can contact you.
1.I have a positive pregnancy test, what do I do next?
As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test, you can call our office to schedule an appointment for OB care. Call 850.877.7241. In the meantime you can start taking a Prenatal Vitamin. Over the counter Prenatal Vitamins are safe to take. Once you call to schedule OB care, you will be assigned to one of our OB physicians. You can request an OB physician if you have a preference, or just allow our schedulers to assign you to the next available physician.
2.How many physicians are there at North Florida Women’s Care? Will I see a physician at every visit?
We have seven physicians currently practicing obstetrics. Your first visit with our office is called the Nurse Intake Visit. At this visit you will be seen by one of our obstetrics nurses. The Nurse Intake Visit allows our nurses to update your medical history in preparation to see the physician, order labs, sign consents and answer any questions you may have. This visit allows you to get a feel for our office and get a sense of what to expect during the course of your pregnancy. All following routine appointments, will be scheduled with one of our obstetricians or nurse practitioners. Depending on any concerns that may arise during your pregnancy, you may be scheduled for an appointment with one of our obstetrics nurses to get a blood pressure check, send off a urine sample or to receive a medication injection. In addition, there may be occasions where your physician orders an ultrasound for you on a day that is separate from your scheduled routine visit. In all of these cases, your physician is consistantly updated on your current progress.
3.Will I always see the same physician at every visit?
Idealy, you will see more than one member of your obstetrics team. We have seven physicians currently practicing obstetrics. Once you call to schedule obstetrics care, you will be assigned to one of our obstetrics physicians. You can request an OB physician if you have a preference, or just allow our schedulers to assign you to the next available physician. Your assigned obstetrician will be the primary doctor to follow your care during your pregnancy. Because our physicians rotate “On Call” assignments in the hospital, your primary obstetrics physician may not be on call on the day you go into labor. For this reason, we make it a point to rotate your routine prenatal care visits with several of our OB physicians in order to get you comfortable with our entire team.
4.How often will I be scheduled for my routine office visits?
From your initial visit up until you are 30 weeks pregnant, you will be scheduled once per month. From 30-35 weeks of pregnancy, you will be scheduled every two weeks. From 35 weeks until delivery, you will be scheduled every week. This schedule can depend on your physician and your risk factors.
5.How many ultrasounds will I get? Will I get an ultrasound at my first visit?
Your first visit with our office is called the Nurse Intake Visit. At this visit you will be seen by one of our OB nurses. The Nurse Intake Visit allows our nurses to preload your chart, order labs and answer any questions you may have. This visit allows you to get a feel for our office and get a sense of what to expect during the course of your pregnancy. You will not routinely be scheduled for an ultrasound with your Nurse Intake Visit. In certain circumstances, the physician will order an ultrasound to be performed with your Nurse Intake Visit.
Your first visit after the Nurse Intake Visit is referred to as your New OB Visit. At your New OB Visit, you will meet with your physician and have an ultrasound to establish how far along you are and to listen for baby’s heartbeat. This ultrasound may take place in the exam room with your physician or in the ultrasound room with one of our experienced ultrasound technicians. Your next routine ultrasound is scheduled around your 18th-20th week of pregnancy. This ultrasound is performed to measure all of your baby’s growing parts and to assure that your baby is developing normally. At this ultrasound, sometimes it is possible to tell the gender of your baby. Additional ultrasounds may be ordered by your physician throughout your pregnancy for any concerns or to check the health of your baby.
Additional ultrasounds are ordered by your physician and are based on medical necessity.
6.How many times throughout my pregnancy will I get sent for blood work?
Your first visit with our office is called the Nurse Intake Visit. At this visit you will be seen by one of our OB nurses. The nurse will order prenatal labs for you to have done prior to your next office visit. Prenatal labs will check your blood counts and blood type and screen you for syphilis, hepatitis, rubella and HIV. You will also be offered to be screened for Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell trait. Depending on your past medical history and environmental risk factors, additional tests may be added to your prenatal lab work.
At your Nurse Intake Visit you will also be offered to be referred to Maternal Fetal Medicine between your 11th-13th weeks of pregnancy. Maternal Fetal Medicine offers a genetic screening test called the First Screen. This screening consists of blood work and an ultrasound and can show if you are at an increased risk of having a baby with Down syndrome or Trisomy 18. The First Screen is optional and is offered to all of our OB patients.
At 16 weeks of pregnancy, you will be offered to go for a genetic screening test called AFP (if not already seeing Maternal Fetal Medicine for the First Screen). This screening test can indicate whether you are at an increased risk of having a baby with Down syndrome, Neural Tube Defects or Trisomy 18. This screening will not diagnose any birth defects. The AFP screening is an optional test.
Also, at 16 weeks, if certain risk factors exist, you will be sent for a glucose tolerance test to check for early signs of Gestational Diabetes. If this early screen comes back normal, you will be retested for Gestational Diabetes during your 25th week of pregnancy.
At 25 weeks of pregnancy patients will be sent for a glucose tolerance test to check for signs of Gestational Diabetes and retesting for HIV will be offered. If you have a negative blood type, an antibody screen will also be ordered at 25 weeks. If your glucose screen comes back normal, no further blood work or testing is indicated. If this screen comes back abnormal, you will be sent for an additional 3 hour glucose tolerance test. If your three hour test is also abnormal, your physician will refer you to the Diabetes Center for education on checking your blood sugar throughout your pregnancy.
7.What will my physician be checking for at my scheduled visits?
Every scheduled visit will start with a “work-up” by one of our OB nurses. You will leave a urine sample, get your BP checked and stand on the scale. In your urine sample the nurse can check for signs of bleeding, infection, dehydration, diabetes and high blood pressure. Once you are placed in an exam room, your physician will listen to baby’s heartbeat, measure your belly, go over what to expect and answer any questions you have.
At your first visit with the physician, you will be set-up for a pelvic exam that often includes a pap smear and vaginal cultures. After your initial pelvic exam, you will not be required to get undressed again until 35 weeks of pregnancy. At 35 weeks of pregnancy your physician will collect a vaginal swab to check for Group Beta Strep Bacteria. This bacterium is harmless to you but could harm your baby if not treated during delivery. At 38 weeks, most physicians will start performing cervical checks to assess for any signs of cervical dilation. You will have a cervical check at every visit after 38 weeks (depending on your physician). If there is any concern at any time during your pregnancy, the physician may suggest an additional exam.
*We urge you to keep all scheduled appointments with our office. Consistent prenatal care is vital to the health of you and your growing baby.
8.What if I have questions between my scheduled office visits?
Our office is unique in that we offer all of our patient’s access to our Patient Portal. The Patient Portal allows our patients to send emails to nursing staff after hours, pay bills online, request appointments and make changes to demographic information. We encourage our patients to take advantage of our Patient Portal. In addition to the portal, we have triage phone nurses available to answer patient questions Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm.
We respect your privacy and will never disclose your email address to unauthorized organizations.