Prenatal care is a form of preventative medicine that helps pregnant women remain healthy throughout their pregnancies and deliveries. It also includes caring for women’s unborn children while they're in-utero and during birth.
Most prenatal care programs involve a series of check-up appointments, which are scheduled at specific points during a women’s pregnancy. These appointments let the doctors make sure both the mother and child are healthy, and they give the doctors an opportunity to help mothers understand what their bodies are going through during pregnancy.
Both obstetricians and midwives offer prenatal care. Midwives are nurses who have advanced training in the care of pregnant women and delivery of babies. Obstetricians are medical doctors who specialize in caring for pregnant women. As medical doctors, obstetricians have more extensive training than midwives. Many obstetricians also offer gynecological services and, thus, are called OB/GYNs.
Most health insurance policies cover prenatal care because it’s an important form of preventative care. Coverages vary, however, and a particular policy’s coverages may be limited to certain providers. Therefore, patients should check with their insurer to find out what coverage their policy provides.
Additionally, midwives, obstetricians, and gynecologists may offer optional services that aren’t covered by a patient’s health insurance. Genetic screening is one example of an optional service that sometimes isn’t covered by insurance.
All women who are pregnant should see a healthcare provider for prenatal care. Some doctors prefer to see patients earlier in the pregnancy, while others will wait a little longer until they schedule the first appointment. When they call to schedule an initial appointment, patients can ask a North Pointe staff member in our front office when the doctors or other providers prefer to have the first appointment.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
"North pointe ob is great! Doctor B. is the best and everyone else is very nice as well. All of the doctors are the best and everyone makes you feel comfortable."
"We have been seeing Dr. Barrett and he is top notch and highly recommend him and the rest of the North Pointe family. We are proud to call North Pointe our home!"
"Dr. Walsh is the best! She's been my gynecologist for the past 5 years. She's always very professional and kind. I trust her opinion very much."
"Friendly staff in front and back office. Everyone cares about their patients here and always have a pleasant experience with each person at every visit."
"I have not used the ob side as my baby is about to be 21 but Dr Walsh has been my gyn for several years. I love her. My 2 adult daughters also see her and love her. "
"My husband and I love Dr. Barrett, Walsh and Lambert, I have been with them since 2007 and can't say enough good about them. They have delivered 3 beautiful girls..."
"I have been with North Pointe OB/Gyn for awhile now . All the doctors, midwives, nurses, front desk /back desk nurses, ultrasound tech are all friendly..."
"Dr. Lambert was truly amazing when I went into labor. We had a VBAC plan and he was incredibly patient, even though labor took a total of 36 hours. He didn't give up.."
"Dr. Lambert and her staff get to know everyone by first name and they listen to everything you tell them. They give awesome advice..."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Lambert for 13yrs. Dr.Lambert delivered my son and my daughter was born by a midwife at his practice 3 yrs ago. They are all great!"
"I have been with NPOBGYN last 5 years and I love Dr. Walsh and the whole practice!"
"Great place. Staff is very professional and extremely friendly"
"I remember my very first visit at North Pointe in 2012 when I had a miscarriage. My heart was broken but Dr Lambert hugged my neck and told me everything will be OK."