FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is interpregnancy care?
Interpregnancy means “between pregnancies”. But interpregnancy is more than just a timeline or phase of life. In the Interpregnancy Care program, we know that the key to a healthy pregnancy is a healthy mother. In recent years, we have also learned that pregnancy complications may impact your health in the future. Our goal is to optimize your health before, during and after pregnancy.
Why is interpregnancy care important?
We know that women with young families are very busy and often put their own needs at the bottom of the “to do” list. We can help you develop a plan to improve outcomes of future pregnancies and optimize your long-term health.
Who can be part of the Interpregnancy Care program?
Any woman between the ages of 18 and 40 years old who is considering a pregnancy in the next 5 years. Because the needs of mid-life and older women are different, we will help you transition to a primary care provider when your family is complete, or at the age of 45.
I just had a baby. Do I have to commit to having another baby within 5 years?
Absolutely not. We understand that family planning is a personal choice. If a future pregnancy is something you are considering, we will help you plan for that, but if you choose not to have another pregnancy, that is okay.
Will the obstetric medicine doctor provide my primary care?
Yes. Our team of providers are trained in internal medicine and can provide comprehensive care, just as a primary care provider would. If you have a primary care provider, we encourage you to continue that relationship. If you do not currently have a primary care provider, our program is an option for you.
How is interpregnancy care different from primary care?
Just like primary care, our services include managing chronic conditions, providing health screenings and immunizations and counseling about healthy lifestyle choices. We are also available to see you when you are sick.
We do not offer routine gynecologic (gyn) care but work closely with our ob/gyn colleagues to be sure you are up to date on your gyn screenings.
Will you refill my medications?
Will you be able to refer me to a specialist?
Yes. We will make referrals to a specialist as needed.
Who will care for me if I am hospitalized?
We work closely with a team of hospitalists at both Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. If, for any reason, you require care in the hospital, our team will communicate directly with the hospitalist to assure continuity of care and follow-up after discharge.
Who do I call if I am sick?
Call our office. If it is after office hours, you will be transferred to our answering service. One of our providers is always available if you have an urgent medical concern at night, on a holiday or on the weekend.
Is interpregnancy care covered by insurance?
Yes. Primary care co-pays apply. Your interpregnancy care provider can be listed as your primary care provider with your insurance company.
As always, we ask that you confirm with your insurance company that the provider you are seeing is in your network.