The miracle of life never loses its wonder. We feel privileged to join you on your baby's journey into the world. Our maternity services doctors and nurses provide expert, personalized care for you – from prenatal care through your delivery and beyond.
The key to protecting the health of your child is to get regular prenatal care. If you think you're pregnant, call your health care provider to schedule an appointment. You should schedule your first examination as soon as you think you are pregnant.
Find a doctor
The first step is to find a doctor you would like to join you on your journey to parenthood. All our family practice doctors work together to provide the best care possible for our moms-to-be.
Meet our OB physician team
Initial nurse visit
Your initial visit will be a one-on-one consultation. You will:
- Review your medical history
- Learn what to expect during pregnancy
- Complete initial lab work
- Schedule your first visit with your doctor
- Plan your first ultrasound
First doctor visit
At your first visit, your doctor will determine how many weeks pregnant you are based on a physical examination and the date of your last period. He or she will also use this information to predict your delivery date. An ultrasound performed during your pregnancy will help verify that date.
Regular doctor visits
Your next step will be regular visits with your doctor.
- Every four weeks through week 30
- Every two weeks through week 36
- Every week until delivery
Throughout your pregnancy, your doctor will check your weight and blood pressure while also checking the growth and development of your baby. He or she will do this by feeling your abdomen, listening for the fetal heartbeat and measuring your belly). During your pregnancy, you'll also have prenatal tests, including blood, urine and cervical tests, and at least one ultrasound.
Near the end of your pregnancy, your obstetric nurses will meet with you to:
- Pre-admit you for delivery
- Discuss your pain control options
- Determine your birthing preferences
- Tour Crete Area Medical Center and nursery
Welcoming a new member into your family is a wonderful, life-changing event. We're here to help you and your family prepare, not only for the birth but also for life after baby.
Crete offers a birth preparation class for moms-to-be. This is a one-on-one class that is led by our nurses. Classes are available by appointment. Call 402-826-6571 to schedule.
A certified lactation nurse is available to meet with you after your baby’s birth. This nurse acts as a teacher and counselor to help you understand the basics of lactation and to support your efforts to learn how to breastfeed your baby. To help you on motherhood journey, continued lactation support is available even after you go home with your baby.
To visit with a lactation specialist in Crete, please call 402-826-7980.
To visit with a lactation specialist in Lincoln, please call 402-481-7103.
Hospital Stay & Going Home
You will enjoy a comfortable, private birthing suite for your labor, delivery and recovery. An in-room hot tub is available to help with relaxation and pain control. In the event of a cesarean delivery, a state-of-the-art surgical suite is located nearby.
After delivery, you and your family will enjoy a private room in the hospital. When you’re resting, your baby can stay safe and secure in our locked and monitored nursery. We do recommend that you keep baby with you in your room as much as possible to help with breastfeeding and bonding
Before going home with your baby, you will receive personalized instruction on newborn care. We recommend regular well-child exams with our pediatrician or family care provider to assure your baby is growing and healthy.