You and Your Baby Need
Through the years, we have learned that support and reassurance are just as important as thorough prenatal care and attentive delivery.
Dr. Joe Austin will be here to answer all your questions and help you have a happy, healthy pregnancy. During labor and delivery, we concentrate on keeping you and your baby safe while accommodating your wishes, so you and your family can have the birth experience you want. Mississippi Women’s Care provides a comfortable environment and a private, secure setting with the highest quality of care.
If you have a health problem, even if it’s well-managed, you’ll need special care during pregnancy. Common conditions like high blood pressure can quickly turn into serious complications that threaten the well-being of mothers and their babies. Our obstetricians and nurses have helped thousands of women deliver healthy babies safely – even in high-risk situations.
We are experienced with managing problems that can complicate pregnancy: High blood pressure, which can cause the most serious pregnancy complications such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and eclampsia (a potentially devastating condition characterized by convulsions and loss of consciousness) Diabetes – pre-existing and gestational Blood disorders as well as diseases of the heart, kidneys, and thyroid.
Our OB Services Include
Prenatal care is medical care for women both before and during pregnancy. Prenatal care ensures a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and developing baby. Prenatal care can help detect and treat problems promptly, prevent complications, and refer women to appropriate specialists when necessary.
A pregnancy ultrasound is used to create images of a developing baby and the pelvic organs of the mother during pregnancy. An ultrasound uses sound waves to create pictures on a video monitor. Ultrasound does not use radiation like X-rays, and there are no known risks associated with the procedure. Ultrasound may be used from the fifth gestational week until delivery. It is an amazing way to view the growth of your developing baby.
High-Risk Pregnancy Care
A pregnancy may be termed high-risk if you have a medical condition or if you develop one during pregnancy. All pregnancies in women over the age of 35 are classified as high-risk. With careful medical monitoring and management, most women with high-risk pregnancy deliver healthy babies. It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions and attend all of your appointments.
Most babies are born between the 38th and 42nd week of pregnancy. Remember that a due date is just an estimate of your baby’s delivery date. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on what to do if you begin labor. However, regular contractions, leaking or a sudden gushing of amniotic fluid, or bloody discharge or bleeding are signs that labor is beginning and that you should go to the hospital.
Cesarean Delivery (C-Section)
A cesarean section (C-Section) may be planned in advance or may become necessary during the course of labor. A cesarean section involves making an incision in the abdomen through which the baby is removed. A cesarean section may be used if a vaginal delivery is not safe for the mother or baby. Cesarean sections are becoming more and more common in the United States.
Managing Multiples (Twins, Triplets)
When a woman is carrying more than one baby, it is called a multiple pregnancy. In the past 20 years, multiple pregnancies have become more common in the United States. Multiple births occur when more than one embryo grows in the uterus. This process can occur naturally, or it can occur artificially during fertility treatments.
Gestational Diabetes Management
Gestational Diabetes is the most common pregnancy complication. Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, a sugar that is a source of fuel. Women with Gestational Diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or the insulin does not work like it should. As a result, glucose does not get into the body cells. Too much sugar in the blood can make people ill and result in medical complications.
Premature Labor and Delivery
Premature delivery is a birth that takes place three weeks before a baby’s due date. In some cases, premature birth happens for no known reason. However, regular prenatal visits can help to reduce the risk factors that you can control. Premature babies are at risk for medical complications because they are not fully developed.
Early miscarriage in the first trimester of pregnancy is very common. Early miscarriage is the loss of an embryo or fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. Bleeding with cramps or pain in the lower abdomen is a common sign of miscarriage. You should contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that you are having a miscarriage.
Pre-eclampsia is a common, yet serious problem that can develop during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and elevated levels of protein in urine that develop after the 20th week of pregnancy. Untreated pre-eclampsia can be dangerous or fatal to a mother and baby. Delivering the baby is the only cure for pre-eclampsia.
Staying Healthy and Safe during High-risk Pregnancy
Our obstetricians and nurses have helped thousands of women deliver healthy babies safely – even in high-risk situations. We are experienced with managing problems that can complicate pregnancy:
High blood pressure, which can cause the most serious pregnancy complications such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and eclampsia (a potentially devastating condition characterized by convulsions and loss of consciousness) Diabetes – pre-existing and gestational Blood disorders as well as diseases of the heart, kidneys, and thyroid.
If you have a health problem, even if it’s well-managed, you’ll need special care during pregnancy
If you have any problems, your doctor will carefully and frequently monitor you, adjusting medications and advising diet and lifestyle changes as needed. Plus, the 3D ultrasound and other in-office tests at Mississippi Women’s Care make it convenient for you to get any important tests as often as necessary without going across town. If you’re concerned that your pregnancy might be complicated by a medical condition, see Dr. Austin at Mississippi Women’s Care for the attentive, experienced care you and your baby need.
We provide total care for women with your comfort and privacy in mind. Experience our private, comfortable environment for yourself and get to know us better.
For emergencies call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.
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100 Maxwell Drive Vicksburg, MS 39180
The Colonnades, Suite 610, 501 Marshall St. Jackson, MS 39202
823 Grand Avenue Yazoo City, MS 39194