Kaiser Permanente care teams delivered more than 101,000 babies last year. We have high standards, and our policies for delivering care — and babies — are created by our own practicing physicians. We let care providers make important decisions that affect your health, not business people. So if you’re a Kaiser Permanente member with a baby on the way, you’re in very good hands.
We care for a lot of moms-to-be, but we also make sure that having a baby with us is unique and special. Whether you need an ultrasound or a flu shot, we’ll always treat you like a person, not a patient. We’ll give you all the care and support you need to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Getting started with prenatal care
Call us to schedule an appointment as soon as you know you’re expecting so we can start planning together. You can speak to a nurse to ask questions, get important information, and find out when to come in for your first prenatal care appointment.
What to expect during prenatal appointments
If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member, we’ll be seeing a lot of each other over the next few months! You’ll have 8 to 10 prenatal appointments, which go along with important milestones in your baby’s development. Everything that happens at your appointment is captured in your electronic medical record, so anyone who cares for you for any reason during your pregnancy can access important information about you and your baby’s health. If you’re a Kaiser Permanente member and you’re registered at kp.org, you can keep track of your appointments, see information from past visits, email your doctor, and more — online, anytime.
Each prenatal visit serves a specific purpose, but there are some things we’ll do at all of your appointments. By the time your baby gets here, you’ll be an expert at:
- Peeing in a cup. We’ll need urine samples at each appointment, so bring your water bottle!
- Getting weighed and having your belly measured.
- Listening for your baby’s heartbeat. Moms-to-be love this part, and so do we.
Your first prenatal care appointment will most likely be between weeks 7 and 12. After that, as long as your pregnancy is going normally, we’ll see you at:
- 16 to 20 weeks
- 21 to 27 weeks
- 28 to 31 weeks
- 32 weeks
- 36 weeks
- 38 weeks
- 40 weeks
If any problems come up along the way, we’ll see you a little more often.
We encourage you to bring your partner to all of your prenatal appointments! If your partner is a Kaiser Permanente member, we can connect them to any care they might need — like a flu shot — while you’re at one of our facilities. We like to care for the whole family whenever we can.