Perinatal Center of Iowa (PCI) offers a complete spectrum of services for women who are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant — including prenatal screenings, ultrasound services, genetic counseling, high-risk pregnancy management and inpatient care.
While most pregnancies proceed normally, some require special care. This may be due to a special circumstance known in advance of pregnancy, such as when a mother has a pre-existing medical condition. Other complications with a pregnancy may be discovered during prenatal testing or during the course of the pregnancy.
You should seek special care in advance of pregnancy if you:
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Are pregnant before age 18 or after age 34
- Have a history of miscarriage, stillbirth or pre-term birth
- Have a family history of genetic disorders
- Have been exposed to drugs, X-rays or other harmful agents
- Are extremely over- or under-weight
- Have tested positive for HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases
To help ensure the birth of a healthy baby, we suggest you:
- Seek pre-conception care from your health care provider to identify any risks or problems before becoming pregnant.
- Seek genetic counseling if there is a history of genetic disorders, or if you are over age 34.
- See your health care provider as soon as you become pregnant to set up a schedule for prenatal care. During this visit, discuss your risk factors.
- While you are pregnant, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and taking any drugs, unless prescribed by a physician.
- Avoid chemicals in the workplace or at home.
- Avoid high temperatures, including hot baths, saunas or hot tubs.
Do I need a referral to receive care through PCI?
While most of our patients are referred to PCI by other health care providers, you may call our office directly to schedule an appointment in the situations below:
- If you are considering pregnancy, but have concerns due to problems in a previous pregnancy, concerning family history or your health, you can schedule a preconception consultation visit.
- If you are currently pregnant and had previous problems with pregnancy or a medical condition that might impact pregnancy, you may schedule an appointment to review your personal history and determine the need for care by a perinatologist.
- If you are expecting more than one baby, you may call PCI to initiate complete obstetric care.