Pregnancy Care at the Torrance Memorial Physician Network Women's Center
Every pregnancy is special -- whether you are expecting your first child or your fifth, we share your excitement! You can rely on our warm, caring support every step of the way on your path to parenthood. In our eyes, a healthy mom and a healthy baby are the goal of every pregnancy.
Starting even before you get pregnant, we're here to provide care of the highest quality, focused on helping you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. We offer consultations for pre-conception planning. We have training and experience in diagnosing and treating infertility.
Whether your pregnancy is easy and uncomplicated or determined to be "high risk," you can count on us to provide the highest level of skilled maternal-fetal care. Throughout your pregnancy, during labor and delivery and even after your baby's birth, we provide the full range of caring, supportive maternity and neonatal care.
The obstetrical services of the Torrance Memorial Physician Network Women's Center include:
If you are young, healthy and have no reason to think you'll have trouble conceiving, you don't have to seek medical advice prior to getting pregnant – but we're happy to discuss what you can do to become and stay as healthy as possible for this important passage in your life. Women with pre-existing health conditions (especially if you are taking medications) are advised to schedule a preconception consultation and physical exam.
Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment
Pregnancy doesn't happen easily for everyone; we are committed to helping you fulfill your dream of conceiving and bearing a healthy child. We provide diagnostic testing and treatment for all stages of infertility in a sensitive and supportive environment. While our expertise does not extend to the ability to perform IVF (in vitro fertilization), if your journey to parenthood takes you this area we work with several outstanding IVF groups and can refer you to a place where your dreams for a family can become a reality.
Pre-and Post-Natal Care
We understand that there's no such thing as a "routine" pregnancy – each and every one is special! To that end, we provide the full range of warm and supportive pre- and post-natal care, emphasizing the well-being of both mother and baby at every point in time. We work closely with the perinatologists (high risk pregnancy specialists) to provide you with the best pregnancy outcome possible.
Some forms of genetic screening (to identify whether your baby is at risk of certain genetic conditions) are now part of routine prenatal care. Other diagnostic tests may be advised if you or the father of your child have a known risk for a genetic condition or if potential risks are identified during routine testing.
Women now start families at older ages and we've also gotten better at identifying potential problems earlier in pregnancy. As a result, we're now seeing more "high risk pregnancies" than ever before. Rest assured that the vast majority result in happy, healthy babies. But, since the uncertainty of a high risk pregnancy can be challenging, we're focused on providing clear and consistent communication from diagnosis through treatment and delivery. Our goal is to clearly explain every aspect of care, discussing all available and appropriate options, to help you make the best and most comfortable decisions for your family.
Your pregnancy may be considered "high risk" if you have pre-existing health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Preeclampsia (toxemia)
- Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
- Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
- Other chronic or infectious diseases
You also may be considered to have a high risk pregnancy if any of the following conditions develop:
- Abnormal AFP (alpha fetoprotein) blood test
- Multiples (twins, triplets or more)
- Recurrent pre-term labor and delivery
- Premature rupture of membranes
- History of recurrent pregnancy loss
- Suspected fetal growth problems
Patient Education Classes
Through our partnership with Torrance Memorial Medical Center, we offer an extensive schedule of classes in childbirth preparation and parenting education.
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