Planning Your Family

African American Parents

Planning for your family is an exciting time in your life and includes several choices to consider. One of the first steps in planning for your family is choosing an Obstetrician, a doctor who will help you with prenatal care and planning for delivery of your new baby.

Like choosing your physician or nurse mid-wife, choosing the hospital where your baby will be delivered is also important. At at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, our care team provides compassionate and culturally-sensitive care during the delivery of your baby. You can schedule a tour of our Mother & Baby Care Center by calling 302-629-6611 ext 2540.

Our care team at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center has several providers who are experts in their field including both physicians and nurse midwives. We are here to help you along the way by providing information and resources. Nanticoke also provides a number of classes to help you prepare for your baby.

Understanding the Trimesters

As your baby develops and grows, your progress will be measured in trimesters. The first trimester, week 1 through 12, is when most women learn they are pregnant. During this time, you should set up an appointment with your physician.

Learn more about your baby’s growth during the three trimesters from Karen Schreiber, Certified Nurse Midwife at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center:

Eating Healthy

As you begin to plan for pregnancy and while you are pregnant, eating healthy is very important. Other healthy habits include not smoking or drinking, avoiding caffeine and talking with your healthcare professional about any supplements.

Learn more from Karen Schreiber, Certified Nurse Midwife at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center:

Gestational Diabetes & Gestational Hypertension

There are a number of important health topics to be aware of during pregnancy. These include gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension.

Gestational diabetes occurs when women have a high blood sugar or glucose level during pregnancy. Having gestational diabetes does not mean you have diabetes, but having an elevated glucose level during pregnancy may affect your baby. To learn more about gestational diabetes, click here.

Another health concern in a few women is gestational hypertension. Gestational hypertension, or preclampsia, is a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy. Preclampsia occurs in only a very small percentage of women and it most often treatable. Preclampsia is another reason prenatal care is very important.

Learn more about gestational hypertension or preclampsia from Dr. Joaquin Cabrera, Gynecologist at Nanticoke Women’s Health Center: