PRENATAL CARE

Obstetric Care Hours: Tuesdays 8am – 4pm

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to provide community-centered prenatal care and health education to medically-indigent, pregnant women in the tricounty area.

Comprehensive, accessible, and affordable prenatal care as well as health education are the best ways to improve pregnancy outcomes. They are also the foundation of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, a nurturing family and a viable community.

Our goal is to reduce illness and death associated with the prenatal (pregnancy) and perinatal (around the time of birth) periods. Specifically, the clinic aims to reduce the number of low birth-weight infants and the rate of newborn mortality.

OUR FREE-OF-COST SERVICES

We offer Non Invasive prenatal genetic screening through the patient assistance program with Myriad Gentics. Patients are able to obtain no cost cell free DNA testing for the most common chromosomal anomalies.

Screening for birth defects begins by assessing your risk factors. Early in your pregnancy, your health care professional may give you a list of questions to find out whether you have risk factors, such as a personal or family history of birth defects, belonging to certain ethnic groups, maternal age of 35 years or older, or having preexisting diabetes.

Carrier screenings can show if you or your partner carry a gene for a certain disorder, such as cystic fibrosis. Carrier screenings can be done both before or during pregnancy. Often this is recommended if you or your partner have a genetic disorder, have a child with a genetic disorder, have a family history of a genetic disorder, or belong to an ethnic group that has an increased risk of specific disorders. Also, cystic fibrosis carrier screening is offered to all women of reproductive age because it is one of the most common inherited disorders.

The following lab tests are done early in pregnancy, and we thank LabCorp for their in-kind donations.

  • Blood Type
  • D(Rh) Type
  • HCT-Initial
  • HGB-Initial
  • MCV -Initial
  • PLT- Initial
  • VDRL- Initial
  • Urine Culture/Screen
  • HBsAg
  • HIV Counseling/Testing
  • Chlamydia- Initial
  • Gonorrhea -Initial
  • Varicella
  • Rubella
  • HPV
  • Ultrasound -Initial
  • HCT 24-28 Weeks
  • HGB 24-28 Weeks
  • MCV 24-28 Weeks
  • PLT 24-28 Weeks
  • Diabetes Screening
  • GTT (If screen is abnormal)

The non-stress test (NST) is a third trimester check of your baby’s well-being. An NST measures fetal heart rate and response to movement in the third trimester, ensuring your baby is doing well and receiving sufficient oxygen.

A biophysical profile (BPP) test is used to measure the health of your baby during pregnancy. A BPP test may include a non stress test with an electronic fetal heart monitor and a fetal ultrasound. The BPP measures your baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby.

OUR OBSTETRIC TEAM

ROPER ST. FRANCIS PARTNERSHIP

Roper St. Francis Healthcare has partnered with Shifa Free Clinic to provide the best care. To help expecting parents prepare, Roper St. Francis Healthcare has an easy to use app called My RSFH Baby. A free download (available on iOS and Android), the My RSFH Baby app includes the following features, and more:

  • Pregnancy tracker to follow baby’s week-by-week growth and development
  • Online registration for our expectant family classes and hospital tours
  • Education and resources for every stage of your pregnancy through postpartum care
  • A hospital packing list, kick counter, contraction timer and other useful tools to help you track and plan
  • Information about our locations and tips for what to expect during your hospital stay
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I become a patient?

Please fill out our Adult Intake Form and attach all necessary paperwork. Once your completed application is received, we will contact you with an appointment date and time.

Where will I deliver?

All patients are encouraged to fill out an Emergency Medicaid application. Once approved, you can choose the hospital you would prefer for delivery. We highly recommend Roper St. Francis Healthcare. You can take a virtual tour of their facility in this video.

Will the same physician that's seeing me for prenatal care also deliver?

If you are scheduled for a repeat C-section, a visit with your surgeon at RSFH will be scheduled at no cost to you.

For Inductions & Spontaneous Delivery: Since on-call schedules of physicians vary, there is no way to guarantee same physician doing the delivery. An on-call physician at RSFH will be doing the delivery. 

What happens after hours and in emergencies?

You will be referred to the OB-Emergency Department located here at Bon Secours St. Francis. You will enter through the same women’s entrance and will be directed accordingly. The OBED is open 24/7 and staffed by our laborists. You will be provided number to call after hours on your prenatal card.

Where can I find some additional resources?

Roper St. Francis offers Childbirth & New Parent Education, In Person Classes, and E-Books. Click here to access these.