Prenatal care is the health care you get while pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by getting early prenatal care. If you know you’re pregnant, or think you might be, please contact the Riverside or Clendenin Health Centers to schedule an appointment.

Prenatal Care at Cabin Creek

Prenatal Care is offered at the Riverside and Clendenin locations of Cabin Creek Health Systems under the care of Dr. Anne Berry and Dr. Jessica McColley.

At the Cabin Creek Health Systems your prenatal care will include:
24 hours, 7 day a week telephone access to your prenatal provider
Delivery at CAMC Women’s and Children’s
Development of a birth plan that that best meets your and your family’s needs
You can you have your first prenatal visit with us before you get your medical card
High likelihood that your prenatal provider will be present during the delivery of your baby
Our physician team will see you and your baby in the hospital after delivery and can see afterwards at the health center.
The Cabin Creek Health Systems offers you prenatal visits in a group with 6 to two other pregnancy and your prenatal care team. During your group visit you will talk about how to have a healthy pregnancy, get to know other mothers and have your check-up. A group visit offers:
Unhurried time with your prenatal care team
Pre-scheduled visits for the whole pregnancy
Support from other pregnant women
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight.
Your prenatal care team can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows them to be treated early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Your prenatal care team can also discuss things you can do to give your unborn baby a healthy start at life.
Additional Resource: Office of Women’s Health – Department of Health and Human Services
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Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Staying healthy begins with regular check-ups, beginning with the first prenatal visit usually occurring between 8 and 10 weeks.

Prenatal vitamins with 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid should be taken daily, starting prior to pregnancy if possible.
Calcium is also important in the development of fetal bones, and 1,200 mg a day should be the goal between vitamins and diet. Your prenatal care team will screen for anemia (low blood count) during pregnancy and may recommend iron supplements, as well.
Not only is smoking harmful to you, it’s also harmful to your baby during pregnancy. When you smoke during pregnancy, your baby is exposed to dangerous chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide and tar. These chemicals can lessen the amount of oxygen that your baby gets. Oxygen is very important for helping your baby grow healthy. Smoking can also damage your baby’s lungs.
Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have:
An ectopic pregnancy
Vaginal Bleeding
Placental abruption (placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery)
Placenta previa (a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus)
A stillbirth
Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be born:
With birth defects
Prematurely
At low birth weight
Underweight for the number of weeks of pregnancy
Babies born prematurely and at low birthweight are at risk of other serious health problems, including lifelong disabilities (such as, intellectual disabilities and learning problems), and in some cases, death.
If you are currently smoking your prenatal care team will work with you on a plan to quit during your first appointment. You can also call the WV Quitline today to discover how to finally kick the habit by calling 1-877-966-8784.
Quitting smoking is the best way to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Secondhand Smoke
Breathing in someone else’s smoke is also harmful. Secondhand smoke during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born at low birthweight. Secondhand smoke is also dangerous to young children. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke:
Are more likely to die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Are at greater risk for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, respiratory symptoms
May experience slow lung growth
Additional Resource: Centers for Disease Control – Tobacco Use and Pregnancy – Why It’s Important to Stop Smoking
It is important for all pregnant women to get vaccinated with the seasonal flu vaccine. Pregnant patients who get the flu are at high risk for complications, such as pneumonia, preterm labor, and even maternal death. The vaccine can also offer protection to your newborn baby. If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or sore throat, you should contact your prenatal care team immediately.
Human milk is best for human babies. Research has proven it time and time again. When mothers breastfeed their babies, everyone benefits.
Breastmilk has all the right nutrients, in just the right amounts, at just the right time. Throughout the breastfeeding relationship, just like during pregnancy, mom’s body knows what her baby needs.
Breastmilk is always fresh and ready. No mixing, measuring or sterilizing required. Breastfeeding saves time, money and resources. It’s free and leaves no waste from wrappers, cans and packaging. Nighttime feeding and travelling is easier.
Breastfeeding helps baby’s brain flourish, which may enhance the ability to learn. Breastmilk is easy on baby’s delicate tummy, causing less stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation. Breastfeeding can help to protect children against SIDS, ear infections, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, asthma, allergies and diabetes, as well as many other diseases, including obesity.
Since breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system, babies get sick less often, so moms and dads might miss less work, too.
Breastfeeding is great for mom’s health, also. It helps her womb shrink back into shape and encourages her body to heal. It even helps her to burn calories and lose weight. Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis, breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and can reduce postpartum anxiety and depression.
Breastfeeding is soothing for both mother and baby – building a close, trusting relationship. It is truly the start of something special.
A Resource for Breastfeeding Moms:
The NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE
from the Office on Women’s Health:
1-800-994-9662
M-F 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Additional Resource: Office of Women’s Health – Department of Health and Human Services