Pregnant? We’ll have you in for a series of check-ups during pregnancy to prevent potential health problems for you and your baby. Recurring ultrasounds, blood work, physical exams and pelvic exams help us monitor yours and the baby’s health. Identifying the cause of cramping during pregnancy, for example, helps us determine if it is due to a serious condition or not. Prenatal care also includes prenatal coaching on the following topics:
- Lifestyle changes
- Prenatal nutrition
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Injury & illness prevention
- The birthing process
- Basic skills for taking care of a newborn
Yes, the same OBGYN doctor taking care of you during pregnancy also delivers your baby! Dr. Hill is committed to helping you have a wonderful birthing experience. The doctor:
- Co-creates a birth plan with you
- Admits you into the hospital for baby delivery
- Delivers your baby
- Follows with a checkup 4-6 weeks after delivery (1-2 weeks if you have a C-section)
An improvement over traditional ultrasounds, onsite 3D & 4D ultrasounds allow for more precise prenatal care and a clear view of your baby’s face months before birth!
- Onsite for your convenience
- See the baby moving
- See the baby’s face
- See the baby’s gender
- Take home a keepsake ultrasound photo (3D) or movie (4D)
Let us know which ultrasound you prefer when making an appointment!
Birth Control Options
Choosing birth control requires taking a look at the individual’s personal preferences. With all the options available, we’ll help you determine what type of birth control is right for you! Both Dr. Hill and Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels can tell you about birth control side effects, and help you decide on the best option. Birth control options include:
- Female condom - a pouch that's inserted in the vagina or anus before sex for birth control and protection against sexually transmitted infection. It works like other condoms, except that it's worn on the inside.
- Male condom - a thin covering worn on the penis during sex to prevent pregnancy. Condoms are the only method of birth control that prevents sexually transmitted infections. Available with or without latex and spermicides.
- Vaginal ring - a small, flexible piece of plastic that's inserted into the vagina to provide birth control. It works like the pill, but only needs to be inserted once a month; contains a combination of estrogen and progestin. Ask Dr. Hill about this type of birth control, and find out what type of birth control side effects come along with it.
- Birth control pills - a prescribed daily medication that contains the hormone progestin or a combination of progestin and estrogen to prevent pregnancy.
- Birth control shot - an injection of the hormone progestin that provides birth control for 3 months. It can be administered at home or by a healthcare professional. Talk to Dr. Hill about this method, and to learn more about birth control side effects.
- Diaphragm - a dome-shaped, silicone cup that's inserted in the vagina hours before sex to prevent pregnancy. To work effectively, it must be used with spermicide to block sperm from reaching eggs.
- Patch - a thin, beige piece of plastic that looks like a square bandage, containing a combination of estrogen and progestin. The birth control patch is easy to use and works like the pill, but you only need to change your patch once a week.
- IUD - a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control. The 3 types of IUDs that use the hormone progestin include Mirena, Skyla and Kyleena. The IUD Paragard contains no hormones, ask Dr. Hill about what possible birth control side effects come with this method of birth control.
- Essure® - a permanently implanted birth control device for women inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the fallopian tubes. Over a period of about three months, tissue forms around the inserts. The build-up of tissue creates a barrier that keeps sperm from reaching the eggs, thus preventing conception.
- Rhythm method - also called the fertility awareness method (FAM), the rhythm method is a strategy women can use to help prevent pregnancy. It involves tracking your natural cycle of fertility, or your menstrual cycle, and has no side effects. It takes a lot of effort and can be hard to get right, making it less effective than other methods.
- Tubal ligation - a medical sterilization procedure for women who are sure they don't want a future pregnancy.
- Emergency contraception - Morning after pills contain progestin and can be used after sex to stop a pregnancy before it starts.
Talk to Dr. Hill or Nurse Practitioner Cynthia Daniels about what birth control options are best for you. We can also talk about birth control side effects, and benefits. Combining a hormonal method (like the birth control pill or shot) with a barrier method (like a female or a male condom) can offer a “backup” of birth control and protection against sexually transmitted infection. If using the rhythm method, you can use another form of birth control on your fertile days.
- Experiencing unusual discharge, itching or bumps
- Having pain in pelvic area or low back
- Low sex drive (prescription medication: Addyi™ –“the female Viagra”)
- It is time for your annual physical exam
If you are looking for an infertility doctor in Youngstown, Ohio, call Dr. Hill. Our office will help you find out what is keeping you from having a baby and discover the best infertility treatments available according to your specific needs.
- Hormone treatments
- Fertility drugs
- Artificial insemination
- Ovulation induction
- In vitro fertilization