Comprehensive prenatal care in Richmond

Having a baby is an incredibly exciting and sometimes overwhelming time in your life. The experienced obstetricians and OB/GYNs at Johnston-Willis are committed to providing expert maternity care and guidance throughout your pregnancy, from preconception to after delivery.

For more information on our prenatal care services or to schedule a birth center tour, please call (804) 320-3627.

Why choose Johnston-Willis as your maternity hospital?

When you choose an OB/GYN at Johnston-Willis for prenatal care, you gain the amenities of our full-service hospital for labor and delivery. Additionally, we offer a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). If unexpected complications arise during labor or after birth, you can be assured we have the facilities and specialists available to provide compassionate, expert care to your little one.

Whether you're coping with morning sickness or confused about the signs of labor, you'll find maternity services at Johnston-Willis to help you stay healthy and care for your newborn with confidence. We offer:

  • Parenting classes and birth center tours: Whether you are a new mom or a seasoned pro, you likely have questions about pregnancy and childbirth. Our maternity experts help you learn to trust your instincts and feel confident in becoming a parent. We offer hospital tours and maternity classes to help you get familiar with our maternity center and prepare for labor, delivery and beyond.
  • Tailored birth planning: Choose from an array of services personalized to your needs. We provide low-intervention birth options (such as natural pain management techniques), wireless fetal monitoring and immediate skin-to-skin contact for you and your infant.
  • High-risk pregnancy care: It’s natural to feel nervous if you’re carrying multiples, have certain medical conditions or have had previous problems during pregnancy or delivery. But you can take comfort knowing our maternal-fetal medicine specialists routinely and successfully care for women whose pregnancies are considered high risk.

Prenatal appointments

Getting proper prenatal care is important during pregnancy. Regular visits with your obstetrician or OB/GYN ensure both you and your baby are on track with development, allow your doctor to monitor your baby’s health and give you a chance to ask questions that will help you prepare for labor and delivery.

The frequency of prenatal visit increases as your due date gets closer. The recommended schedule of prenatal appointments is:

  • Weeks 4-28: Once per month
  • Weeks 29-36: Every two weeks
  • Weeks 36-40: Every week

During these visits, your weight and blood pressure will be checked and a urine sample will be taken. Your physician may also check your baby’s heart rate. At specific points during your pregnancy, a blood sample will be taken for analysis and your OB/GYN will do an ultrasound to get a better sense of how your baby is developing. Your doctor will also tell you what changes in your pregnancy to expect before your next prenatal visit.