As you begin your amazing pregnancy journey, MultiCare HealthConnect for Women and Children would like to offer you obstetrical (OB) care designed especially for you. Our innovative program OB CareConnect™ was created by MultiCare Health System to give you more of what you need and expect throughout your pregnancy: an excellent clinical team focused on your health, plus new OB care options, tools and resources that allow you to tailor your OB care to more closely match your personal needs, preferences and lifestyle.
A standard approach to prenatal exams and education
The traditional OB care option allows you the choice of experiencing prenatal care the way it has been managed for decades. It includes the standard 14, in-office, prenatal visits and OB CareConnect prenatal classes offered at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as online.
Sharing your remarkable journey with other women
If you choose the Group OB Visits option, your first OB visit will be with your MultiCare obstetrician and will include your medical history, a physical exam, and coordination with your obstetrician related to this new roadmap of care. OB visits after your initial appointment will alternate between Nurse Practitioner-led group visits and appointments with your obstetrician.
The group OB visits are approximately 1 ½ –2 hours long and include a prenatal check-up, childbirth education on such topics as breast feeding, body changes during pregnancy, normal baby development, preparing your home for your baby’s arrival, contraception after your baby’s birth, and common emotional changes. OB Careconnect Group OB visits offer you an opportunity to share your experiences with other expectant mothers who are due around the same time you are and build a network of support. (One guest or your partner is welcome at the OB group visits, but children are not allowed to attend.)
Through MyChart, you will be provided access to your personalized interactive MyPregnancy dashboard, web tools, and other resources.
Classes will run approximately 90 minutes
Class 1: Common discomforts of pregnancy, emotional issues, introduction to breastfeeding, mom/baby growth and development.
Class 2: Nutrition, exercise, relationship issues/sexuality, common discomforts, mom/baby growth and development.
Class 3: Stress reduction/relaxation, testing for diabetes in pregnancy (glucola), pre-term labor, common discomforts, mom/baby growth and development, FMLA forms
Class 4: Family/parenting issues, siblings, common discomforts, complications of pregnancy, mom/baby growth and development.
Class 5: Breastfeeding, contraception, pediatrician selection, mom/baby growth and development. Guest speaker: Lactation Consultant; Tour of MultiCare Birthing Centers at MultiCare Good Samaritan and MultiCare Tacoma General hospitals.
Class 6: Signs of labor, birth procedures, pain management, potential complications, mom/baby growth and development, information on Group Beta Strep test.
Class 7: Emotional issues after delivery, post partum depression, birth concerns/feelings, stories, post partum issues (help at home, newborn care, siblings, playing with baby), plans for work, baby kick counts, mom/baby growth and development.
Class 8: Last Meeting! Party to celebrate new moms and babies; share stories, pictures. Guest speaker: Baby Massage Teacher
Mixing regular MultiCare obstetrician visits and completely virtual visits with a MultiCare nurse practitioner, along with tools for prenatal care and learning
If you choose the Virtual OB Visits option, your first OB visit will be with your MultiCare obstetrician and will include your medical history and a physical exam. OB visits after your initial appointment will alternate between virtual visits with a MultiCare nurse practitioner (ARNP) via your computer and scheduled visits with your MultiCare obstetrician at his or her office. A virtual OB visit offers you great flexibility in terms of hours and location.
Your obstetrician’s office will provide you with a monitoring kit for your use at home. We have partnered with a baby Doppler heart rate monitor company (Baby Beat) that will send you a Doppler and instructions to use at home during your pregnancy. Prior to the OB visit, you will weigh yourself and complete a screening urine test. At your virtual OB visit with the ARNP, you will take your own blood pressure and then position a Doppler so the ARNP can count your baby’s heart rate. The ARNP will document your virtual OB visit in your medical record and forward it to your obstetrician. If there are any problems or concerns, the ARNP will coordinate with your obstetrician who will see you in person for a follow-up visit. Your ARNP provides education, discusses upcoming pregnancy milestones and answers questions. Virtual OB visits are scheduled appointments at times most convenient to you and may include any of your family members, no matter where they live. Through MyChart, you will be provided access to your personalized interactive MyPregnancy dashboard, web tools, and other resources.
MultiCare is dedicated to providing the best possible care to a mother’s health and that of her family. To learn more about MultiCare HealthConnect’s OB CareConnect programs, please call your MultiCare OB/GYN office.
MultiCare's innovative program of obstetrical care (OB CareConnect) was designed to give you more of what you need and expect throughout your pregnancy: an excellent clinical team focused on you, plus new options, tools and resources that allow you to tailor your care to more closely match your personal needs, preferences and lifestyle.
El programa innovador del Sistema de Salud de MultiCare del cuidado obstÃ©trico (OB CareConnect) fue diseÃ±ado para darle mÃ¡s de lo que usted necesita y espera en todas partes de su embarazo: un equipo clÃnico excelente se concentrÃ³ en usted, mÃ¡s nuevas opciones, instrumentos y recursos que permiten que usted adapte su cuidado para corresponder mÃ¡s estrechamente a sus necesidades personales, preferencias y estilo de vida.