At North Pointe OB/GYN, Drs. Sean J. Lambert, Robert B. Barrett, and Nancy M. Walsh see women at North Pointe OB/GYN’s two North Atlanta locations. By treating women at the offices in Cumming and Georgia, these four doctors make it easy for pregnant women in the area to get the prenatal care they need.
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.