|| As any mother with more than one child can attest, each pregnancy is unique: One can be trouble-free and another, unnerving.
Whether you are considering pregnancy or already have a due date, and whether you’ve been pregnant before or this is your first experience, our expert obstetricians in our Shoreline clinic will help you understand the process, make informed decisions and feel your best. We will help you provide your baby with an excellent start in life.
Our obstetric services include:
Your provider might need to determine how to adjust a prescription for a pre-existing condition, such as asthma or high blood pressure, or address anxiety or doldrums that can emerge as hormone levels change. Care also could involve treating a condition related to pregnancy that can pose a risk to your health or that of your unborn child.
- Pre-conception planning
- Forming partnerships with the patient and family to provide the best possible care
- Expert guidance throughout each stage of pregnancy
- Normal and high-risk deliveries
- Onsite laboratory and routine ultrasound services
- Instruction about pregnancy, birth, breast-feeding, infant care and safety, and related topics
- Childbirth and parenting education classes
- Advice for staying healthy during your pregnancy
Your Shoreline OB physician will prepare you for potential symptoms you may encounter during pregnancy, such as nausea, swollen feet or a sore back.
Given the range of possibilities, you’ll want health-care professionals who thoroughly explain your treatment options each step of the way. During nine months, your relationship with the physician can grow into a trusting, nurturing partnership in care for you and the baby.
Preparing for delivery
All our patients’ babies are delivered at UW Medical Center Maternal Infant Care Center. UWMC provides comfortable, attractive birthing rooms and around-the-clock food service. A hospital midwife can be part of your delivery, if you like.
Tours of the state-of-the art labor/delivery/recovery suites and the mother/baby unit are available.
- Coming soon: A video tour of the Maternal Infant Care Center
Planning for the unplanned
Most pregnancies progress predictably. If a concerning symptom or condition arises, that’s when being a patient in the UW Medicine system can make all the difference.
If your pregnancy becomes high-risk, a UWMC staffer will contact you and schedule an appointment quickly. You will have access to physicians’ broad expertise in areas requiring specialized knowledge that can stabilize your health and the health of your pregnancy, such as:
- Diabetes/endocrine disorders
- Heart and respiratory health
UWMC also has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that was the region’s first to earn the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Level IIIB designation. Its health-care professionals provide experienced care around the clock, specializing in higher-order multiple births and micro-preemies – babies born before 26 weeks’ gestation ad weighing less than 1,000 grams (about 2.2 pounds).
Drs. LaVone Simmons and Wendy Lorentz
UW Neighborhood Shoreline Clinic’s newly expanded OB/GYN program is led by board-eligible physicians Dr. LaVone Simmons and Dr. Wendy Lorentz. Trust our obstetrics team to care for you and provide your baby with an excellent start in life.