Mother with Baby

Obstetricians at UM Capital Region Health understand all aspects of pregnancy. Our goal is for every pregnant woman to be a healthy mom and deliver a healthy baby.

Our board-certified obstetricians (OBs) and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) are trained in all aspects of pregnancy and delivery.

From prenatal care and testing to birthing classes and breastfeeding support, UM Capital is your full-service destination for delivering your baby.

Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for pregnancy is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy baby and mom.

Your first step is to find a qualified obstetrician or certified nurse midwife and schedule a preconception office visit. This first visit is designed to assess your overall health and provide you with tools and tips to ensure your body is at its best before you start trying to become pregnant.

The healthier you are before you become pregnant, the healthier you and your baby will be.

Before you get pregnant, your obstetrician or midwife may recommend:

  • A prenatal vitamin and nutrition regimen
  • An exercise program to ensure your pelvic muscles can accommodate a baby
  • Stress management tools
  • Health screenings for breast and gynecologic cancers as well as any hereditary cancers to which you may be prone

If you are or have been trying to get pregnant but haven't been successful, our specialized doctors and nurses can provide referrals to appropriate specialists for fertility options.

Prenatal Care

Now is the time to see your obstetrician or midwife regularly to make sure your baby is growing properly and your pregnancy is progressing as it should. As your body changes with pregnancy, any number of conditions may arise that warrant closer monitoring by your obstetrician.

Gestational diabetes is quite common, as are pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia), depression and iron deficiency. These are conditions that put both you and your baby at risk, which is why it is important to follow your health throughout your pregnancy.

Prenatal appointments may include bloodwork, sonograms or other diagnostic screenings to check your health and the health of your baby. 

Our Pregnancy Passport is a tool for you to use in collaboration with your provider to help guide you through your pregnancy. Download the Pregnancy Passport now, or ask your provider.

If at any point during your prenatal visits, your doctor or midwife determines that you or your baby need extra care, we will consult with our maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialists.

Our MFM doctors work side-by-side with our obstetricians and nurse midwives to make sure you get the extra care you need during your pregnancy and through your delivery.