December 15, 2020
As COVID-19 rates are on the rise in the United States, we want to remind our patients what we are doing to make sure you have a safe experience in our office. We have received very positive feedback from our patients who have been to our office recently and we continue to make changes regularly.
Here is a little about what we are doing:
- Contact-less paperwork – Patients will receive paperwork via text message 3 days prior to their appointments. Completing the forms online prevents exchange of papers at check-in. You can even take a photo of your insurance card and securely send it to us as well as pay your co-pay.
- Masks will be worn by all Bedford Commons team members and patients. Masks are not optional – they are required.
- Limiting visitors – It is hard for us not to see all our patient families in our office. We love seeing the kiddos we delivered, meeting partners, and parents. However, given the current pandemic, it is important for us to limit the number of people in our office. For this reason, we cannot permit visitors at office visits, this includes visitors at obstetric ultrasounds. If you require assistance during your visit, please let us know so that we can make special accommodations.
- Screening – All patients presenting to our office for a visit will answer a series of questions before entering our building to assess COVID-19 risk. Additionally, temperatures will be checked. Our Bedford Commons team members are also checked daily.
- Wait in your car – In our Bedford location, our patients can check-in and wait in their cars instead of in our waiting room. For our Windham and Derry locations, patients will be brought right back into an exam room.
Our goal as a practice is to continue to provide you with exceptional care while keeping you safe. We are all in this together.
For our OB patients and families:
Bedford Commons OB-GYN has adopted an alternative schedule for obstetric visits in our office based off guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to limit your exposure risk to COVID-19. Instead of seeing our obstetric patients every four weeks through the end of the second trimester, most visits were scheduled 6-8 weeks apart. Starting in the third trimester, we were seeing our patients every 2-4 weeks depending on risk factors.
As we have watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, it is clear that we will be coexisting with COVID-19 for the months ahead. Several of our patients have asked if we will be continuing the alternative schedule for obstetric care or if we will resume the “normal” frequency of visits. For at least the next few months, we plan on continuing to see our OB patients at a more spaced out interval. Here’s what a typical visit schedule might look like:
- 8 weeks visit
- 11-12.5 weeks ultrasound and visit
- 20 week anatomy ultrasound and visit
- 28 week visit and glucose testing
- 32 week visit
- 36 week visit and group B strep testing
- 37 week visit
- 38 week visit
- 39 week visit
- 40 week visit (your due date!)
At Bedford Commons OB-GYN, we believe that every woman is an individual. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable and confident in the care you are receiving. Although we feel that it is safe to continue more spaced out OB visits, we know that some of our patients would feel more reassured seeing us a little more often. If you would like to see us more frequently, just let us know at your visit. Additionally, some of our patients have risk factors or concerns that may necessitate additional visits. We will let you know if we need to see you more often.
We also wanted to let you know we have had to make changes to our visitor policy in our office due to the growing COVID cases in our community. Previously, we have been allowing partners to attend ultrasound visits in our office. Unfortunately, due to rising community transmission of COVID-19 in our area, as of November 30th, we will no longer allow visitors or partners to attend ultrasound visits. We understand this is disappointing and we know how important the bonding experience of an ultrasound visit is, but we feel it is the right choice right now to ensure we are doing all we can to protect our patients from COVID-19. We will add additional time to all obstetric ultrasound visits to allow some time to FaceTime with your partner once the technical portion of the examination is complete.
We continue to follow CDC and NH state guidance regarding COVID-19 precautions. In the event that community transmission starts to decline, we will revisit this decision. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our office.
Some of our patients have also been asking about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy. Click here for more information.