Maternal-Fetal Medicine and High Risk Obstetrics

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine is a subspecialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our focus is the management of pregnant patients with high-risk complications. Such high-risk complications can include past or present obstetrical problems, medical, surgical, and genetic issues, which may place the pregnant woman or her child at risk.

In accordance with patient needs, we offer routine and high-risk prenatal care pre-conceptual and genetic counseling. In addition, our staff is trained in the procedures, technologies, and methods of care available to improve pregnancy outcome. These methods can include a diagnostic amniocentesis, ultrasound, and assessment for fetal well-being.

Although complicated pregnancies often require “high tech” care, we recognize that this birth is a special time for you and your family and strive to keep the process as natural as possible.

Our physicians are board certified Perinatologists with specialization in fetal ultrasonography and our nurse practitioners are board certified in Women’s Health Care and can accommodate our patients for pregnancy and gynecologic care.

There will be a physician on call 24 hours every day. Patients that phone after office hours for an emergency (312) 997-2229, will have care directed by the on call physician.

Women’s Health Consultants is a group practice with multiple highly-trained providers. Our providers have varied schedules and are not always at our office location. They may be at the hospital for deliveries, off-site at other clinics or out of office entirely. The advantage of a group practice is that we create an opportunity and encourage you to schedule your regular prenatal visits with multiple providers so you will be familiar with all the providers at the time of your delivery. Should your primary care provider not be on-call when you go into labor, you will know the other providers and feel comfortable with them at the time of your delivery. We also have a nurse practitioner on staff who is well-versed in general and high risk obstetrics to see you for routine or problem visits in order to accommodate all of our patients’ scheduling needs. The practice is dedicated to you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.

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Physicians

Howard T. Strassner, Jr. MD

Director of the Section of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center
Co-Director of the Rush Perinatal Center
Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor at Rush Medical College

Ramkrishna Mehendale, MD

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Officer for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Program
Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Medical College

Xavier Pombar, DO

Director of the Residency Program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Rush Medical College

Veronica Yeung, MS, WHNP

Nurse Practitioner, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Section

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At Women’s Health Consultants, we want to provide the best care possible for our patients. We also want to give you as much information as possible to guide you through your pregnancy.

You will require many visits at our office during the course of your pregnancy. They will be scheduled in the following weeks of your pregnancy.

  • At 8-10 weeks: New Obstetrical Visit
    • This visit will be with your physician and will include a physician examination, pap smear if due, blood tests and screening cultures.
  • Every 4 weeks until 28 weeks
  • Every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
  • Once a week until delivery

If your pregnancy is more complicated, more frequent visits may be necessary. It is advisable to make two to three appointments in advance.

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For a vaginal delivery you will need to be seen 6 weeks postpartum. After a cesarean section you will need a 2 week postpartum incision check and a 6 week postpartum visit.

Prior to any visit, if you are experiencing any unusual pain, bleeding, lactation issues, or feelings of depression, please call the office to schedule an earlier appointment.

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Prescription Refills

Refills require 48-72 hours to process and will not be refilled after hours. Please be sure to refill your prescriptions accordingly. In order to process the refill, the patient has to be seen yearly. If the patient is due for an annual visit, we will only grant a limited refill once an appointment has been made.

Appointments

Please contact us if you are running late – We will provide a 20 minute grace period. If a patient is over 20 minutes late, we reserve the right to reschedule the appointment. Due to unexpected emergencies, our physicians may need to leave the office. If this occurs, we will do our best to inform you as soon as possible. This may require rescheduling or changing appointment times.

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Many pregnant patients have maternity/FMLA/Disability forms that are required to be filled out for work. We charge a fee of $25 for any form that must be filled out during your pregnancy. Payment is expected at the time that forms are submitted. We ask that patients make sure to fill out and sign the patient portion of the forms. Please allow 5 business days to complete forms.

Lab Results

For pregnant patients, all normal lab results are reviewed at your next prenatal appointment. For any abnormal or concerning lab results, patients will get a call for follow-up or treatment. Depending on insurance, patients will either get labs drawn at the Quest lab in office or at the Rush Medical Lab located in the Professional Office Building.

Medical Release

Use our Medical Records Release form to request another provider release your records to Women’s Health Consultants. Prior to your appointment, please follow up to make sure the records have arrived at our office. This same form can be used if you are requesting records from our office to send to either another provider or to maintain a copy for your own health records.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who will deliver my baby?
    • Your baby will be delivered by one of our physicians at Rush University Medical Center. It may not be the physician that you met at your initial obstetrics consultation, but all four of our physicians are board-certified and fellowship trained in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
  1. What do I do if I have a question or concern about my health after hours?
    • Call our main office number, 312-997-2229. If it is after business hours or on a weekend, you will be directed to our answering service. They will contact the on-call physician for you. If you are having an emergency, we advise you to call 911 immediately.
    • If you have concerns during business hours, please contact our nurse line at 312-942-2690.
  1. When should I contact my physician?
    • Contact your physician’s office immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
      1. Leaking of fluids
      2. Vaginal bleeding
      3. Less than normal fetal movement
      4. Contractions 4 or more times an hour before 34 weeks gestation
      5. Contractions every 4 minutes or closer after 34 weeks gestation

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