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Third Trimester


During the third trimester, it is important to research and contact local pediatricians. You want to have a pediatrician you can trust and reach in emergencies. If your chosen pediatrician does not see newborns while still in the hospital, Children’s Hospital Pediatricians see newborns until they are discharged home with mom.


Circumcisions are elective procedures that Doctors and Midwives perform on newborn baby boys if the family desires. The procedure is completed after the first 24 hours of life and before the newborn is discharged home.

Childbirth Education Classes

During the third trimester seeking out childbirth education classes can be helpful as you  two different childbirth education classes. There are other childbirth education classes taught locally. A list of those can be obtained through your Arlington Women’s Center Nurse-Midwives.

Group Beta Strep

At 36 weeks a final vaginal swab is collected. This swab is testing for a bacteria sometimes found in the vagina during pregnancy called Group B Strep. There is an increased risk of neonatal infections associated with infant exposure to Group B Strep. In order to decrease this risk, if you test positive for Group B Strep, we follow the CDC recommendations for intravenous antibiotic treatment while you are in labor. https://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/about/index.html

Advanced Maternal Age Fetal Testing

If you are pregnant and 38 or older, we recommend routine antenatal testing starting at 36 weeks until delivery. This means that each week you will have an ultrasound to measure amniotic fluid and a Non-Stress Test (NST). Both tests are to reassure us that baby is doing well.

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