Obstetrical Care FAQ
hanks for checking our website! Here are some answers to our most common Frequently Asked Questions about Yearly Appointments and GYN Care.
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you!
Pre-registration may be done beginning at 36 weeks.
Please go to the Pre-admission testing offices on the 3rd floor of the main RMC hospital (the main floor), and ask to pre-register for maternity, and they will collect your information.
You can purchase a DVD for $5.00 when you come for your ultrasound appointment and we will record on this DVD.
If you would like to provide your own DVD, it must be +RW type of disk.
Your “big” ultrasound is a ‘Level 2’ ultrasound, performed at 18-22 weeks gestation, and is called a “complete” ultrasound, because we evaluate the growth of your baby and survey all of the fetal anatomy to rule out any abnormalities.
Yes, but this is usually a ‘courtesy’ ultrasound, which is elective. While the Level 2 ultrasound is covered by insurance, the cost of this ultrasound is $75.00. A DVD is provided, and can be used again at your Level 2 ultrasound.
We do a minimum of two sonograms
Your first one will be at your initial obtsetric appointment, and it will usually be a Transvaginal (TVS) sonogram. This helps us determine your dates of gestation.
The second will be at 18-22 weeks, and is called the Level 2 sonogram. This is when you will find out the sex of your baby and we ensure your baby’s growth and development is on track.
Additional sonograms may be necessary, as determined by Dr. Richmond. Please inquire with our billing department if you have questions of insurance coverage for additional sonograms.
Yes, but they are NOT as good as prescription vitamins, due to the higher iron content, which is needed to prevent anemia.
We see you once every 4 weeks until week 20 of your pregnancy, then every 3 weeks until week 30.
We will see you every 2 weeks until week 35, and then we will see you weekly until delivery.
While some of this may be a part of your normal pregnancy experience, please call and ask to speak with one of our nurses. They will help you determine if you need an appointment with Dr. Richmond or not.
In most cases, Dr. Richmond will see you between 6 and 8 weeks, based on your last cycle.
Please be prepared with your correct cycle dates when you call. Earlier than 6 weeks, we can run an HCG lab work panel, to ensure your hormone levels are correct. If you come in to see the doctor before you are greater than 6 weeks, we will not be able to tell much on your first sonogram.
Congrats! Please call our office, and we will set you up an initial pregnancy visit, called a New OB appointment, with Dr. Richmond.
Make sure that you are prepared to give us the first day of your last cycle, so that we can best determine when to make this appointment.