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March 3rd, 2010, 03:02 PM
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My doctor said if I feel that I need to see a perinatologist, I should make an appointment. Both dh and I decided that we do need to see one. So ladies, for those of you who had seen perinatologists, could you tell me what usually happens at the appointments. What do I need to bring with me besides the autopsy report. Do they examine you the same way the OB does? How often throughtout the pregnancy do they see you? Thank you.

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March 3rd, 2010, 03:59 PM
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i'm no help what what are they? high risk OB's?
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March 3rd, 2010, 06:38 PM
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I was seeing a perinatologist during my first pregnancy because ...

1) I was advanced maternal age
2) I had an IUI in order to conceive
3) I was carrying multiples (twins)
4) I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes

I was seeing a perinatologist during the 2nd pregnancy because ...

1) I was advanced maternal age
2) I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes
3) I had a stillbirth during the previous pregnancy

During the first pregnancy, I was seeing them (there were two in the practice) every 2 or 3 weeks. During the second pregnancy, I was seeing them twice a week. Each visit, they did a biophysical profile ("BPP") during one visit and a growth check the other visit. Ultimately, they were the ones who had the say in how early I should deliver.

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March 5th, 2010, 12:09 PM
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I was seeing one for my pregnancy with Mady too. Because we never knew definitely what happened with Robert, the perinatologist thought it would be good to watch her carefully. For the first 6 months, I went in once a month for a growth ultrasound where they also checked her blood flow in her cord and placenta. This way, if anything looked questionable, they could act on it right away. Then, towards the end, I went in once every 2 weeks and for the last 2 months, I went 3 times a week for BPPs. I was so happy to have the extra precautions. It really eased my mind.
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March 6th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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I am of no help since i haven't been pregnant yet again. If we would be pregnant while still in NJ I would not have seen one since I was confident in the care provided by my midwives, it was far superior to any OB care I had in the past.

Moving to AK, I am not sure what will happen. If I see an OB they may want me to go to an peri, but I am not sure I feel that there is a need for us. Extra US and maybe other extra testing, but any OB can arrange that.

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