Transitioning from Infertility Care to OB/GYN – What You Should Know
For women who struggled with infertility, sought help from a fertility specialist and were discharged pregnant back into the care of their OB/GYN, moving on can be bittersweet. While women are ecstatic that they are pregnant, the thought of leaving behind the intimate, round-the-clock care and support of their infertility team is stressful.
To help with this transition, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Pennsylvania (RMAPA) asked our longtime nurse Tara Markovich to answer some of the most common questions about life after discharge. Here’s what she said:
At what point of pregnancy does a patient get discharged from fertility care?
Patients are usually discharged and sent to their OB/GYNs at the 8 ½ – 9 ½ week mark of pregnancy. Once our doctors, Dr. Wendy Schillings and Dr. Ndeye-Aicha Gueye, see a heartbeat and adequate growth, the patient goes back to their OB.
If patients need to contact RMAPA after discharge, who should they get in touch with?
Patients should feel free to reach out to your RMAPA nurse or any member of our nursing team for assistance. The best number is (610) 820-6888, option 2 or search by name. Once a member of the RMAPA family, always a member of the RMAPA family!
How does RMAPA help make the transition as smooth as possible?
On a patient’s last visit with RMAPA, the patient will sign for their records. An electronic copy of these records will also be sent to the patient’s email. The patient’s OB will also receive a letter summarizing the patient’s care at RMAPA, which includes treatment plan details and a list of medications administered in care.
What should patients know about the transition?
The first thing a patient should do is take stock of their situation: they are pregnant and moving onto the next phase in their pregnancy! It’s OK to take a breath and relax, laugh, smile, cry if you need to! Next, patients should be prepared for a different experience than the one they had at RMAPA – no more infertility medications, morning monitoring or frequent bloodwork. Finally, have faith in your OB, who will take good of you during this next phase.
Enjoy this time and know that your RMAPA team is always here for you.
If you or your partner are struggling with infertility, click here or call (610) 820-6888 to make an appointment with Dr. Schillings or Dr. Gueye.
Dr. Schillings is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist. She leads all aspects of patient care at RMAPA. In addition, she formerly led the medical team at RE & I Specialist with the Lehigh Valley Physician Group. Dr. Schillings is chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine.