Hewitt will give you a picture or two at each appt/ultrasound but they aren't near as clear as the ones NM Sonographies will give you. At our 20 week US, they printed up the best of the pictures then also gave us everything on CD. (She used to send us to the LCMC for ultrasounds, but just started using this place here in town.) They have really nice equipment that goes back and forth from 3D though. My pregnancies have all been completely different. I carried the same, but wasn't near as sick this time around and my labors couldn't have been more different. Thanks bamafan, and good luck niki at your appt next week!
I don't mind them at all went there for my son and going there now for this one. I got blood work done at like 9 weeks. same with ultrasound. then again 18-23 weeks. i even got the 3d ones cool. I like them. i don't mind them at all sucks you had such a bad time with them.
I just had a baby boy 8 weeks ago at GCRMC. I also had my first boy 4 years ago there. Both were good experiences. With the most recent pregnancy my first visit was at 6 weeks, which I also had an ultrasound at. I had two miscarriages prior to this pregnancy which is why they gave me an early appointment. I had another ultrasound at 10 weeks, to confirm the heart beat because it was still undetected by doppler. Then I had three more, one at 20 weeks (the anatomy check) and 3 more later on in the pregnancy to confirm amniotic fluid levels. My appointments were every 4 weeks, then 2 weeks. I developed high blood pressure, so I had weekly visits with non stress tests for the last 6 weeks. So, from my experience they will give you more ultrasounds and appointments if there is a medical reason for them. I saw Dawn Sneathen, she is a midwife and she was AWESOME! (I highly recommend her to anyone that is interested in going to GCRMC for care)
I am sorry you had such a bad experience. I wish you a healthy pregnancy and hope all goes well. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your health care provider, so if going out of town gives you that comfort you should do it! I do recommend that you keep a copy of your prenatal records, including lab results with you. I have seen women being seen somewhere else develop a problem, such as bleeding or pre-term labor, and come to GCRMC because its closer. For some complications that hour drive can be too long, so this is a smart decision for their baby's health. However, GCRMC has no way to access medical info of those women not seen at the womens health center. If you are under the care of a doctor from Ruidoso or Las Cruces of course they will still do all they can to help you, but they can provide an even higher quality of care if you come in with your parental records. Doing so can prevent repeating some labs and possibly save time. I pray that you do not have any problems. I just know I wanted to be prepared for as much as I could with my pregnancies.
I don't mean this to be offensive.......but I'm slightly offended by this topic. I don't understand how you can make a generalized statement like don't go to GCRMC for pregnancy care when you haven't even seen a doctor yet and only experienced an orientation and a receptionist!!!!!!!!! I'm all for being happy with your healthcare and being comfortable with your doctor (I delivered our 2nd child in Las Cruces because I was not comfortable with the old doctors at GCRMC) but there are 3 new doctors at Womens Health and I have heard positive things about all 3. Don't you think it would make more sense to meet the doctors first before you make a blanket statement like "don't go to GCRMC for care"?
I worked on the Maternal Child floor for 3 years before I had our 2nd child. I guarantee you that the nurses that you met at orientation and the receptionist DO NOT deliver your child or take care of you in labor and delivery. The doctors that I went to in Las Cruces were on the damn ball and that office worked like clockwork and their receptionists were far from nice (and if you were 10 minutes late for your appt, they made you reschedule). Did you ever think that maybe the receptionist was having a bad day when you talked to her? She's allowed to have a bad day you know.
Also, even if you are seen before 12 weeks and are at risk for miscarriages, there is nothing they can do to stop you from miscarrying. That is all in God's hands, the doctors and mid-wives have no way of preventing that.
Also, if you pull out your Tricare handbook, it states that the only ultrasound that Tricare will pay for is a 20 week fetal anomaly check unless other ultrasounds are medically necessary, so only 1 ultrasound is your insurance, not the providers.
Sorry if I offended, but you really hit a sore spot with me on this, as I know how hard everyone on the Maternal Child floor works to provide great care to the patients.
I was a high risk with all 3 of my kids, I had very high blood Pressure. I loved my Doctor and the staff at the Womens Center. From 31 weeks on I had to spend ALOT of time there. Every Monday was my Stress Test/DR visit, every Friday I had to be seen for an Ultra Sound to ck my Amniotic Fluid Levels. My Doctor made it a point to come to the office from her rounds on Fridays (which she did not see patients on Fridays) to check my levels herself. With our 1st child I made it to 35 weeks, second 35.5 weeks..due to the wonderful care I recieved I made it to 39 weeks with our Son. I also worked in Insurance billing, Tri-care is very anal about what they will pay for. Even if you consider yourself high-risk, they might not. Standard 1st appointment is usually 12 weeks. I mis-carried our 1st child at 3 mths..had pre-natal care..yet there wasn't nothing they could do. It is in God's hands..I have to agree w/Christy it is not fair to make a blanket statement when you have maybe met a total of 2 staff members. My OB Nurses were wonderful here. We have had a baby in Texas, Florida and here..I have alot to compare too. And Christy was also right about receptionists do sometimes have a bad day..I have them and I am sure there is not 1 person on this Forum who doesn't..
Christy I have met the other doctors I have had quite a few visits at womens health clinic here locally for past medical issues. a couple of my procedures were done in office and the one dr thats not there anymore even performed my surgery at the hospital. and with me being at higher risk and yet they wouldnt see me until i was past 12 weeks is a little nuts. so i called triwest and they didnt feel it was right either so they gave me a whole list of other drs accepted and said ruidoso dr is highly recommended so I called them and told them all my past medical history and they stated to me that in my case i need to be seen sooner than what womens health here locally is wanting to see me. And im fully aware that the nurses and receptionist at womens health dont help deliver my child. But would still have to deal with all of it up until then. and for all the times I have been in that office I have always had a long wait time that went past my appt time to even be seen. everytime arrived in office would have to wait atleast 15 min just for receptionist to be at the window. I am also fully aware if I am to miscarry that it is going to happen and there is no stopping it but thats not the concern. Also on my triwest referral it states that I am approved for 12 ultrasounds so im guessing they feel the need for it as well. If I could be seen on maternal floor in hospital for every appointment I would highly consider it but thats not the case its nothing against the maternal floor its womens health clinic affiliated with gcrm. And as I stated before I have had good experiences with gcrm as in labs the lab tech I had was amazing, imaging tech was also awesome, and in out patient procedure I was well taken care of and very thrilled with how I was taken care of.
Have you been seen by any of the NEW doctors at Womens Health? Just curious?
I was just stating that I don't think you should make a blanket statement for people not to go to GCRMC when you haven't even met the new doctors yet. If you want to let people know about your bad experience, that is one thing, but you shouldn't tell people not to go to GCRMC.
I'm glad that you guys have found a doctor that is right for you. I hope that every pregnant woman is able to find a doctor that she is comfortable with.
I too am being seen at the Women's Health Center. I had no problems during orientation and have had no problems with any of the staff or the care providers. I am glad that I chose to get my care at Gerald Champion.
Are they still doing the special meal for the parents after delivery? Just curious.
I need to amend my previous statement where I defended EVERYONE at Women's Health. I had to go there recently and all the nurses, u/s techs, and doctor were great! Two of the receptionists, however, were not. Because of the situation I was in, things had to move quickly and there was no time for actual, in-hand referrals. However, this was not a problem for the imagining center where everyone (from receptionist to u/s tech) were wonderful. When I got to Women's Health, the woman who checked me in was rude--asking me "You know this isn't a walk-in clinic" in a condescending tone. Yes, I know; I am only doing what the NP on base told me to do. It turns out that the nurses, etc knew but, oh no, didn't inform her--and she took it out on me. Furthermore, when I was done and got the info for OB orientation, the receptionist who gave me the information told me congrats in the most disingenuous way.
Like I said, the people who are truly important to my health (doctors, nurses, etc) were great so I have no plans to go anywhere else. I am just prepared now for the disrespectful and rude "welcome" committee at the front desk. I am a nice and polite person so I imagine there will be some tongue biting in my future.