Having a child and growing a family is an exciting time for everyone. Whether your family is planning the birth of your first child or you’re adding another loved one to your already growing family, North County Health Services (NCHS) is here to help you through the process from start to finish.

NCHS is a leading provider of pregnancy services throughout the area. We provide birthing classes, pregnancy counseling, nutrition services, and much more. Our unique model of Board Certified OBGYNs and Certified Nurse Midwives working together offer you the best in holistic care. Midwives can offer you important education regarding nutrition, body and hormonal changes, and help to mentally prepare to welcome a new member to your family. Learn about our pregnancy services below and how they can make your child’s birth process easier while helping you to feel calmer by understanding the process.

Birthing classes

Pregnancy Services

Birthing classes are an important part of growing a family. These child birth classes are important for both first time and experienced mothers. Women who are giving birth for the first time (or haven’t had a child in many years) will gain the most benefit out of birthing classes, but all women giving birth will be able to learn something new.

At NCHS, birthing classes help women understand the process of giving birth and going into labor. In these classes you’ll be able to learn how to perform various comfort or coping techniques to help manage pain during the labor process. These classes are helpful for both the woman and her partner.

Participants in the class are encouraged to ask questions. We understand that the birthing process can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. We want to help you through the process by providing you with as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and secure.

Pregnancy Counseling

Whether you have just realized you’re pregnant, or don’t know how to get started with understanding your pregnancy, NCHS is here to help. Our Women’s Health Centers provide quality care and many pregnancy services to help you through your pregnancy.

NCHS is here for you in any way we can help. Our team is respectful, informative and very understanding. We will gladly listen to you, answer questions that you have, provide support and information so that you can make the best decisions for yourself.

Nutrition Services

Staying in good health and maintaining healthy habits is an important part of pregnancy, both for you and your child. NCHS provides nutrition services to assist you in making healthy nutrition choices during your pregnancy.

If you have any questions about the pregnancy services offered at NCHS, please call or contact us today! Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions and help you receive the support you need.

Below is a list of are our health center’s that offer pregnancy services:

Articles about Pregnancy and Childbirth

What to Expect from Your Birthing Class

Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit overwhelming at times. Knowing what to expect during labor and delivery will help any pregnant woman relax a bit and begin looking forward to meeting her sweet bundle of joy. In this blog, NCHS gives you a complete look at what you can expect from birthing classes, whether you take them at one our locations or not. Birthing classes and pregnancy counseling are focused on education. Instructors and hospital staff want to make sure each mom-to-be is prepared for her labor and delivery as thoroughly as possible, and they want her to be informed about everything that will or might happen, as well as the options she has and the decisions she’ll need to make. NCHS’s pregnancy services provide birthing classes that will discuss the phases of labor, what to do when you begin having contractions, how to manage your pain throughout labor, what to do in the event of complications, what to bring in your hospital bag, and the basics of caring for a new baby.

Family Planning at NCHS

Family planning is an important aspect of all women’s lives, whether they are married or not, and whether they have children already or not. Family planning will look different for each individual, but no matter what, it is all about education and encouraging women to make informed decisions that are the best for them. Our NCHS women’s health locations offer pregnancy services and pregnancy counseling, as well as contraceptive information and fertility counseling. We know that a woman’s choice in family planning is incredibly important—her decisions and ability to encourage or prevent pregnancy are directly tied to her health and overall well-being, and we want to be an advocate for women to make the best and most educated decisions possible. Our family planning services are custom designed and completely comprehensive so that we can meet every woman’s needs, no matter what they are.

Guide to Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnant women are bombarded with enormous amounts of information and advice, including much that they do not want. But since a woman’s nutrition during pregnancy directly influences the health of her unborn child, it is incredibly important to listen to advice and guidelines from doctors and midwives when it comes to pregnancy nutrition. NCHS’s pregnancy services want women to maintain a health pregnancy diet and to know why pregnancy nutrition is important, and they want women to know the Dos and Don’ts of a pregnancy diet. Some people believe that pregnant women are “eating for two,” but our pregnancy counseling services teach women that they only need an extra 300 calories a day during the last six months of their pregnancies. We encourage pregnant women to eat a variety of foods and make their plate as colorful as possible at each meal, along with avoiding the big no-nos of pregnancy nutrition.

Seven Things to Know About Midwives

Most women seek traditional obstetric care during their pregnancies because they simply don’t know a lot about midwifery care. The midwifery program at NCHS offers a more mutual and supportive process than most traditional OB care, and it allows women to experience a more natural and holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth through our pregnancy services, pregnancy counseling, and more. This blog lays out important information that women need to know about midwives, such as their ability to work with all pregnant women (not just low-risk ones), their low preterm delivery rate, their impressive low birth weight stats, their low caesarean section rate, their extensive educational backgrounds, their comprehensive services, and their patient-focused care and alternative approaches. Midwives are incredibly supportive when it comes to pregnancy, and they seek to offer women various options and a natural approach to pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

What to Eat While Pregnant

Knowing what to eat while pregnant can be a big challenge for many women, especially when they’re dealing with morning sickness, food aversions, heartburn, and more. This blog presents an infographic full of information, including what to eat, what to avoid, and some interesting statistics about pregnancy nutrition. NCHS’s pregnancy services include nutrition and pregnancy counseling, including looking at what you’re currently eating and how you can improve your diet. Some foods to include in your daily diet are avocados, leafy green, certain fish, nuts, oatmeal, lean meats, and more. Foods to avoid include undercooked eggs and meat, too much caffeine, unpasteurized cheese and milk, undercooked or raw fish, and more. Since almost half of all pregnant women gains more weight than the recommended amount during pregnancy, knowing what to eat while pregnant and utilizing pregnancy counseling services will be beneficial for all pregnant women.

 

Here are some helpful resources recommended by our Certified Nurse Midwives:

https://www.acog.org/
https://evidencebasedbirth.com/
https://mothertobaby.org/
http://www.midwife.org/
https://spinningbabies.com/
https://www.birthingfromwithincollective.com/

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