OB Education Information
The following healthcare services focus specifically on the care and treatment of women before and during their pregnancy, at childbirth and during the period of recuperation following childbirth:
As an expectant mom, you will have many questions and concerns during your pregnancy. These questions and concerns will change as you progress. Our mission is to provide the very best care for you and your baby. We feel it is extremely important to also keep you well educated and informed. Our "Prenatal Packet", as listed below, is a compilation of things you may encounter during this very special time. Please take the time to open each document early in your pregnancy, and refer back to the applicable documents when and if the need arises.
Labor & Delivery
Cord Blood Banking
Cord blood banking is the once-in-a lifetime opportunity for parents to save the stem cells found in the blood of their newborn's umbilical cord. The preservation of these stem cells, which are different from embryonic stem cells, allows families the benefit of having them available for existing or future medical treatments. Cord blood banking is completely safe for both the mother and the newborn since cord blood is collected after the baby is born and after the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut. Cord blood banking allows you to store your newborn's cord blood stem cells specifically for your family, making them available immediately should your family ever need them. This service is provided by cord blood banks which charge a fee for collection, processing, and storage in which you retain ownership of your newborn's stem cells. Research has shown that transplants with related cord blood stem cells have double the survival rates as compared with unrelated (publically donated) cord blood stem cells.
When deciding what is best for you and your family, it is important to know about all of your cord blood banking options. These sites provide valuable information on the benefits of collecting and storing stem cells from your cord blood. The links to ViaCord and Cord Blood Registry will help explain why this simple procedure could protect the health of your child and other family members.
Links to Other Information
Car Seat Safety: Learn more about child safety and the proper use of car seats.
Healthy New Moms: Maryland's campaign to end depression during and after pregnancy. This link will provide information on depression and their "Helpline".
Food Safety and Listeriosis: Did you know that pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from Listeria, a harmful bacteria found in many foods? Visit the USDA for information on food safety and Listeriosis.
Fish and Shellfish: Nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury. Some contain higher levels that may harm an unborn baby or young child's developing nervous system. The FDA and EPA are advising women who may become pregnant, are pregnant, or are nursing mothers to avoid some types of fish and shellfish to include shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. Visit the following links for information:
Need help locating a pediatrician in your area? Anne Arundel Medical Center has a web page to assistyou with your search. www.aahs.org/msd.php
Tips for choosing the right pediatrician and guidelines for making your selection. Learn More.
Are you trying to stop smoking, but need help? Here is a link to the State's smoking cessation program designed to help the pregnant smoker quit. Learn More.
Should you have cystic fibrosis carrier screening? This link may help answer that question. Learn More
Circumcision is an optional surgical procedure. Expectant parents should give serious consideration as to whether or not to have their male child circumcised.Learn More.