Please contact us at least 48 hours before you will need to have prescriptions refilled.
If you are unable to make your appointment, 24-hour advance notice is appreciated whenever possible. This allows us to open up that time for another patient needing care.
In an extreme emergency, such as loss of consciousness, chest pain, severe breathing problems, or major bleeding, call your emergency service number (usually 911) first. Do not delay emergency care by calling our office or the hospital. Afterward, if necessary, call your physician for further advice and coordination of your emergency care.
The doctors and nurse midwife at Franklin Health Women’s Care offer special expertise for women during pregnancy and childbirth, delivering babies at Franklin Memorial Hospital in spacious home-like rooms. We offer the backup of an advanced wireless monitoring system to allow a laboring woman the freedom to move about as it monitors vital signs, fetal heart rate, and alerts staff to changes in her or her baby’s condition.
We are committed to creating a nurturing family-centered environment that is safe and supportive through all stages of pregnancy and the birth process. Our practitioners and nurses work with patients to develop a birth plan with birthing preferences so that we can provide families with the most rewarding and fulfilling birthing experience possible, and babies with the best possible start.
Six to seven percent of pregnancies are complicated by the development of pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes. This condition has consequences for both mother and baby including: large babies, a risk of the baby needing IV support after delivery, and increased chance that the mother will develop diabetes later in life. To better manage both gestational diabetes and women who already have diabetes and become pregnant, Franklin Health Women’s Care has a special clinic set aside so they can receive physician care, nutrition counseling, and diabetes education at the same time for their convenience.
Expectant moms can participate in their prenatal care as never before, thanks to group visits supporting pregnancy, a new approach to pregnancy care at Franklin Health Women’s Care.
You will be in a group with several other women whose due dates are close to yours. The groups form around 16 weeks of pregnancy. In each of the ten sessions, you will have a private examination with your health care provider. Then you’ll have refreshments and meet as a group to discuss questions, concerns, and solutions. Each woman is encouraged to bring her partner or another support person.
Certified nurse midwife JennieLea Hanna will facilitate the groups along with a Franklin Health Women’s Care office nurse. Being able to meet together with the same group of expectant parents allows for continued sharing and development of a support network, which often extends well into the child rearing period.
A Sampling of Topics of Discussion
- Changes of pregnancy
- Prenatal testing
- Infant care
- Breast and bottle feeding
- Relationship issues
- Postpartum concerns
to learn more download the Group Visits brochure (pdf)
Maintaining good oral health during pregnancy is important because it can decrease a child’s chances of dental problems in the coming years.
At Franklin Health Women’s Care all new prenatal patients receive oral health screening and assessment at their first prenatal visit and patients needing a dental home or services are referred to Community Dental or a local dentist.
To learn more about how to care for your teeth and gums while you are pregnant, visit http://www.fromthefirsttooth.org/category/pregnant-women.