Office hours and locations
Our offices are open Monday through Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm for office visits. 8051 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 400, Indianapolis, Indiana 46237. We are located conveniently on the campus of Franciscan St. Francis Hospital.
How to contact our office
You may call our main number at 317-865-3600 Monday through Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm for questions or concerns. We recommend you sign up for our secure patient portal at www.southsideobgyn.com. If you need to contact the office on weekends or after business hours, you may call the same number. Our answering service will give an on-call provider your message to return your call. If you are experiencing symptoms that you believe need immediate attention or represent an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Billing for prenatal care
We understand that maternity benefits can be confusing. Our billing staff is available during normal office hours to discuss any questions you may have. Please use the “Ask a Biller” tab on our website. We ask that payment of estimated out-of-pocket costs be paid by 28 weeks.
Your first visit
When you come to the office for your first prenatal visit there will be a series of prenatal labs that will test your blood type, blood count, and for infections. All of the results will be reviewed with you at your next appointment. We will review your medical history and discuss course of prenatal care dependent on history.
After your first visit
Between now and 28 weeks, we would like you to schedule a visit approximately every four weeks. Then, your visits will increase to every two weeks and then once a week after 36 weeks until delivery. We will request to see you more frequently if you are high risk. During each visit, you will have your weight, blood pressure, urine and the fetal heartbeat checked. At approximately 20 weeks, the provider will begin checking a fundal height at each appointment. Additional tests are done at scheduled markers throughout your pregnancy.
The Rh factor – We will test your blood for the Rh factor. If your blood type is Rh negative, then you may be at risk for Rh disease. Rh disease is a pregnancy complication in which your immune system attacks the baby’s blood and can result in a life threatening situation for the baby if left unknown. Fortunately, it can be prevented with a shot called Rhogam which is given at 28 weeks or sooner if vaginal bleeding occurs.
Anemia and gestational diabetes screening – this screening is performed between 24-28 weeks. You will be given a sugar drink and instructions for how/when to drink it. One hour after you finish the sugar drink, your blood will be drawn. You do not need to fast for this test.
Vaginal culture for group B strep – this swab of your vaginal and rectal area is performed between 35 and 37 weeks. Group B strep is a bacterium naturally present in and around the vagina in many women. It can cause serious infections to newborn infants if exposed at time of delivery. If you test positive for this bacterium, you will receive antibiotics during labor and delivery.