I think I might be Pregnant, what now?
Once your pregnancy is confirmed you should see your primary care provider (PCP) who can refer you to our clinic. He or she may order some preliminary tests including an ultrasound. We ask your PCP to forward these tests with the referral form. If you do not have a primary care provider you can call our clinic to book an appointment. You can also be referred from a walk-in clinic or the emergency department.
What should I expect at my first visit?
At your first visit, you will be asked to give a urine sample. We will also take a detailed personal history and fill out the Ontario Antenatal Record, a standard of care. This is a comprehensive assessment and may take a full hour. Partners, family members or supports are welcome to accompany you at your first visit but will be asked to wait in the waiting room for the first half of your appointment. At every appointment, we check your weight and blood pressure. Laboratory and/or ultrasound investigations may be initiated.
What happens after my first appointment?
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your booked appointment time in order to help us stay on time. You will always need to provide a urine sample on arrival. Appointments with a doctor are booked every 4 weeks until 26 weeks
of pregnancy, then every 2 weeks until 35 weeks, then weekly until delivery. You may make appointments with social work, dietician or lactation consultant at any time.
Please make your next appointment before leaving PIPC.
Do I need a referral to attend the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic?
If you have a primary care provider, family doctor or nurse practitioner, you will discuss
options for prenatal care early in your pregnancy and they may refer you to our clinic.
If you do not have a primary care provider or have not seen them for pregnancy care,
you may still refer yourself. We do need copies of all laboratory results and
ultrasounds pertaining to your pregnancy. Please ask your caregiver to forward these
to our office prior to your first appointment.
Who will deliver my baby?
Our team of family physicians work together to provide your care at the Clinic in pregnancy and also to share coverage of Labour and Delivery at PRHC. One of our doctors will deliver your baby. Your initial appointment may be with our Physician Assistant, an Intake RN and a doctor. Following this, appointments will be with one of the physicians. You may choose to rotate your appointments to meet all of the doctors if you wish. In general appointments with a Doctor are every 4 weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy and then every 2 weeks until 35 weeks, then every week until delivery.
Should a complication arise in pregnancy, labour or delivery we will consult a specialist physician as necessary. Your PIPC physician will remain a part of the team that will care for you and deliver your baby, including assisting with Caesarean section should that be necessary.
How do I make an appointment to see the other members of the PIPC team?
Our team will work together to help address your concerns and needs during your pregnancy. All of the services of the other professionals at PIPC are available to you when you are seeing our doctors for care during your pregnancy and for 6 weeks after delivery. These include a nausea and vomiting clinic, care by a Registered Dietitian for any nutritional or weight concerns, well baby care, breastfeeding support with our Lactation Consultants-Registered Nurses, and counselling with our Social Workers regarding personal, family or work related issues or mood disorder.
Simply mention your concern when you see a physician or speak to our reception staff to book an appointment for yourself.
Where do I go for my lab work or ultrasound?
Many tests ordered by our doctors may be done in our building on the first floor at the Turnbull Medical Building. Just walk past the Coffee Shop to find the Lab and Diagnostic Imaging (Ultrasound). Please be aware the Lab is closed at noon, on Stat Holidays, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and every Friday!
You may also go to the lab facilities associated with your primary care provider. We do order ultrasounds at various facilities:
- Turnbull Diagnostics Imaging
- Peterborough Regional Health Centre
- Dr. Peter Maskens
- The Medical Centre
- Peterborough Clinic Diagnostics
- Apex Diagnostics