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BY DR. ERIKA DEARING
Bronson Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists
    Should I make an appointment to see a doctor?
It is not always possible to have
your OB do the delivery. For example, at Bronson Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, there is always a provider available. As a patient, you will meet with each of our providers throughout your prenatal care. This will allow you to feel comfortable during the labor pro- cess. All of our providers have the same goal: a warm, safe outcome for you and your baby.
There are lots of visits to the doctor. Is there anything that can help me keep track of these visits?
I want to go to a hospital that will not only be the best place for my deliv- ery, but provide the best care for my baby. What should I look for?
It’s always a good idea to discuss your family planning with your primary care provider (PCP). Many obstetric (OB) providers will see patients for preconception visits. This gives patients the opportunity to discuss any con- cerns they may have and how they can optimize their health before becoming pregnant.
It is important for you and your baby to be in a safe and nurturing environ- ment. Some features to look for include specialists who provide 24/7 care to you and your baby, hospitals that are safe- sleep certified, and those that provide breastfeeding consultants. Some hospi- tals even offer guided and online tours so that moms-to-be, like you, will know what to expect.
I know I need a doctor for my prena- tal care. What options do I have?
It is very important to have prenatal care in order to make sure you and your baby are healthy. In the Battle Creek area there are several options for choos- ing an OB healthcare provider for your prenatal care, delivery of your baby, and even care for all stages of your life. You can go to a doctor who specializes in OB or you can choose a certified nurse midwife (CNM). To help make select- ing a provider easier, some medical practices will have online ratings and reviews and profile videos of their pro- viders.
Some medical offices offer an electronic health record that helps patients keep track of their healthcare needs. It makes it easy to keep
track of your prenatal visits, request prescriptions online, ask your OB provider questions, pay your bill online and much more. Many women find the electronic health record is a useful, online tool.
What if my newborn baby needs specialized care?
When should I start seeing an OB provider for my care?
 Your first prenatal visit is usually scheduled between your sixth and eighth week of pregnancy.
If I want to have my baby at a specific hospital, does it make any difference who my OB provider is?
Pregnant or Thinking About Starting A Family?
Dr. Dearing answers some commonly asked questions from women who are planning to, or just became, pregnant.
I am a diabetic. Do I need to go to a “special” doctor for my care?
 It is not always possible to have your OB do the delivery.
For example, at Bronson Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, there is always a provider available.
  My husband and I are thinking about getting pregnant.
Will my OB be the one delivering my baby?
For women that have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic illnesses, they find comfort with having access to maternal fetal medicine specialists. These doctors care for patients who are considered “high risk” and work in collaboration with OB providers.
A Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has specially trained doctors and equipment needed to care for premature babies and those with other medical needs upon birth. In this region, Bronson Children’s Hospital’s NICU is avail-
able to help babies in need. A specially equipped neonatal ambulance is available for transporting newborns to the NICU.
        Yes, it does matter. All hospitals re- quire healthcare providers to be on their medical staff. In the area of obstetrics, medical staff members have privileges to provide care and perform deliveries at their facility. When searching for
an OB healthcare provider for your pregnancy, you should always ask what hospital(s) they can deliver your baby.
Erika Dearing, DO
Brian Krauss, MD, FACOG
Mahmood Siddiqui, MD, FACOG
Daniell Schnell, CNM
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BRONSON OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY SPECIALISTS,
located at 3238 Capital Ave. SW in Battle Creek is accepting patients. All of these providers perform deliveries at the Bronson BirthPlace – Battle Creek. For additional information, visit bronsonhealth.com. To schedule an appointment, call (269) 979-6432.
 





























































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