Obstetrical Services

Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge provides a unique and personal approach of prenatal care for each expectant mother.

Obstetrical Services

Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge provides a unique and personal approach of prenatal care for each expectant mother.

Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge (435) 753-9999

What is Obstetrical Care?

Fertility. Prenatal Care. Health risks. Vaginal and Cesearean Delivery. Emotional health. If it has to do with you and your pregnancy, we’re here to talk about it.

Obstetrical care is the medical practice of caring for women and their baby’s health through pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care.

An obstetrician also has the skills to manage complex or high-risk pregnancies and births, and can perform interventions and caesareans.

Let’s Talk About It

Do You Offer Pregnancy Tests?
Yes! We offer free (urine) pregnancy testing at our clinic.
When Should I Schedule My First Appointment?

It is recommended to see an obstetrician for routine prenatal care. As soon as you know you are pregnant, call and make an appointment! Your first visit typically occurs when you’re around 6-8 weeks pregnant. 

After that, you’ll see your obstetrician once a month during the duration of your pregnancy.

What Will My First Prenatal Appointment Be Like?

We will take both a urine and blood sample. Be sure to come well-hydrated! Our nurse practitioner will go over basic information with you, make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin, and answer any questions. Since your first appointment is so early on in pregnancy, it is unlikely you’ll have an ultrasound. Our goal in your first visit is to make sure you know what to do for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

The Complete Guide To Your First OB/GYN Appointment gives advice about how you can prepare for your first appointment. We want you to leave feeling confident, empowered, and comfortable about your pregnancy plan.

When Is My First Ultrasound?
The first ultrasound will be at your second appointment, or around 12 weeks.

A 3D ultrasound works the same as a traditional ultrasound, except the image includes 3D details.

How Often Will I Need To See You?
Your physician, nurse, or midwife helps you stay healthy during your pregnancy by monitoring your baby’s development. Routine testing also helps find and present possible problems.
When Can You Tell Me My Baby's Sex?
Most pregnant women can learn the sex of their baby during their midpregnancy ultrasound, usually between 16 and 20 weeks.

Pregnancy & Prenatal Care

What Prenatal Vitamins Should I Take?
Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter in nearly any pharmacy. Generally, look for a prenatal vitamin that contains:

  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D

It also might be beneficial to look for a prenatal vitamin that contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, iodine and copper.

What Medications Can I Use?
Unfortunately, being pregnant doesn’t mean you get to avoid ever getting sick. Sometimes you can become sick more often during pregnancy because your body is focused on the creation of your baby. Cache Valley Women’s Center has created a list of medication that can be used safely during pregnancy.
What Are Some Remedies For Morning Sickness?
We suggest eating small, regular meals and drinking fluids (especially water) about 30 minutes before or after a meal instead of while eating. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a combination of Vitamin B-6 and Unisom for treating morning sickness in the first trimester.
Is There Any Food I Should Avoid?
Avoid raw fish and meats, high-mercury fish, too much caffeine, and unpasteurized dairy. It’s important to maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet.
Can I Color My Hair While Pregnant?
Pregnant women often have concerns about hair dye. However, the chemicals in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes are not highly toxic. Most research, although limited, shows it’s safe to color your hair while pregnant.
Is it Safe To Exercise During Pregnancy?
The type of exercise you can do during pregnancy depends on your health and how active you were before you became pregnant. It is not the time to start an intense, new workout routine.

A good “rule of thumb” is to limit exertion to about 2/3 of what you could do before pregnancy.

Is a Pregnancy With Multiples Considered High Risk?
There’s never been a safer time to conceive, carry, and give birth to multiples. Every pregnancy has its share of discomforts and worries, and when you’re pregnant with twins (or more), those worries can multiply. For today’s parents of multiples, it is easier than ever. Chances are excellent that you’ll have a healthy pregnancy, an uncomplicated delivery, and two (or more) healthy babies.
Can I Travel While Pregnant?
For most women, traveling during pregnancy is safe. As long as you and your baby are healthy, you can travel safely until you are 36 weeks pregnant.

Labor & Delivery

What is False Labor?
Your uterus may contract off and on before “true” labor begins. These irregular contractions are called false labor or Braxton Hicks contractions. They are normal but can be painful.
How Can I Tell The Difference Between False Labor and True Labor?
Usually, false labor contractions are less regular and not as strong as true labor. Sometimes the only way to tell the difference is by having a vaginal exam to look for changes in your cervix that signal the onset of labor.

One good way to tell the difference is to time the contractions. Note how long it is from the start of one contraction to the start of the next one. False labor contractions are irregular and do not get closer together.

Differences Between False Labor and True Labor
Type of ChangeFalse LaborTrue Labor
Timing of contractionsOften are irregular and do not get closer together (called Braxton Hicks contractions)Come at regular intervals and, as time goes on, get closer together. Each lasts about 30–70 seconds.
Change with movementContractions may stop when you walk or rest, or may even stop with a change of positionContractions continue, despite movement
Strength of contractionsUsually weak and do not get much stronger (may be strong and then weak)Increase in strength steadily
Pain of contractionsUsually felt only in the frontUsually starts in the back and moves to the front

 

What Can I Expect During a Vaginal Delivery?
Every delivery is unique and individual. Some women may even have completely different experiences with each new labor and delivery.

Labor itself is divided into three phases – early labor, active labor, and transitional labor. All women who deliver vaginally will experience all three phases of labor. When your cervix reaches the 10cm mark, you are fully dilated and can begin pushing your baby the rest of the way through the birth canal. After your baby, you will deliver the placenta.

Will I Need a C-Section?

One-third of babies in the United States are born via Cesarean delivery. Your baby may need to be delivered by C-Section for certain medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Diabetes

  • Kidney disease

  • Any disease that makes vaginal delivery dangerously stressful to your body.

  • Infections such as HIV or active genital herpes

  • Your baby’s health

  • A large baby

  • Your weight

  • Your age

  • Breech position

  • Multiples

  • Placental problems

What Should I Expect While Recovering From a C-Section?
A hospital stay after a cesarean birth is usually 2–4 days. The length of your stay depends on the reason for your C-Section and how long it takes for your body to recover. When you go home, you may need to take special care of yourself and limit your activities.

While you recover, the following things may happen:

  • Mild cramping, especially if you are breastfeeding
  • Bleeding or discharge for 4–6 weeks
  • Bleeding with clots and cramps
  • Pain in the incision
What is a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Deliver (VBAC)?
If you have had a previous cesarean delivery, you have two choices about how to give birth again:

  1. You can give birth vaginally. This is called a VBAC.
  2. You can have a scheduled cesarean delivery

​For women planning to have more children, a VBAC may help them avoid certain health problems linked to multiple cesarean deliveries.

How Common is Vaginal Tearing?
Unfortunately, the odds of getting a vaginal tear are fairly high. First-time moms have a 95% chance of experiencing some form of tearing during delivery. After your first vaginal birth, tearing becomes less likely.

You may reduce your odds of tearing by practicing a 10 to 15 minute perineal massage every day, four to six weeks before your due date,

Do You Have a Birth Center?
Each of our physicians, Dr. Noorda, Dr. Fowers, Dr. Kirkman, and Dr. Blackett are incredibly experienced and safely deliver next door at Logan Regional Hospital.

Postpartum Care

Why Do I Feel Sad After Having My Baby?
New mothers may feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. They may also worry they will be seen as bad mothers. Any woman can become depressed after having a baby. It doesn’t mean you are a bad mom. You and your baby don’t have to suffer. There is help.
What is Postpartum Depression?
Most women actually get the “baby blues,” or feel sad or empty, within a few days of giving birth. However, for many women, the baby blues away after a few days. If you feel sad, hopeless, or empty for longer than 2 weeks, you may have postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is common and occurs in 1 of 9 women after giving birth. You might feel unconnected to your baby and these feelings can be mild to severe. Please talk with your physician if you begin to feel sad and hopeless. We are well equipped to help you.

How Do I Know if I Have Postpartum Depression?
Some normal changes after pregnancy can cause symptoms similar to those of depression. Many mothers feel overwhelmed when a new baby comes home. But if you have any of the following symptoms of depression for more than 2 weeks, call your doctor, nurse, or midwife:

  • Feeling restless or moody
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Having thoughts of hurting the baby
  • Having thoughts of hurting yourself
  • Not having any interest in the baby, not feeling connected to the baby, or feeling as if your baby is someone else’s
  • No energy or motivation
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Trouble focusing or making decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Feeling worthless, guilty, or like a bad mother
  • Losing interest or pleasure in activities you usually enjoy
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Headaches, aches and pains, or stomach problems that don’t go away

Fertility Testing

When Should I Consider Fertility Testing?
When a couple has been unsuccessful at achieving pregnancy after one year of trying. We ask that both partners undergo a comprehensive physical and medical assessment.
What Does Fertility Testing Include?
For women, tests are very comprehensive and can include exams for:

  • A hormone imbalance
  • A tumor or cyst
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Thyroid gland problems
  • Excess weight
  • Stress
  • Brief menstrual cycle
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Polyps in the uterus
  • Endometriosis or fibroids
  • Scar tissue or adhesions
  • Chronic medical illness
  • A previous ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
  • A birth defect
  • DES syndrome (the medication DEC, given to women to prevent miscarriage or premature birth can result in fertility problems for their children)
  • Abnormal cervical mucas

 

For men, we test a semen sample.

How Common is Infertility?

Women and men are each responsible for 50% of all infertility cases. According to the Center of Disease Control, around 10% of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Learn more about Cache Valley Women’s Center infertility testing and treatment.

Didn’t find the answer to your question? Call us at (435) 753-9999!

What our patients are saying:

  “Love the care that I received here! The front desk, medical assistant, and provider were all great. I saw Anna Lara PA-C for my annual check and she was fantastic! Bedside manner was impeccable and she took the time to answer all of my questions. Definitely will be going back to her :)” -Brittany Rawlins

What our patients are saying:

“The care I get here is top notch!!! The wait is a little long but they are busy because they are the best place to get care. The doctors actually care and treat you like a person not just another patient. So glad I switched!!!” -Marinda Harrison

What our patients are saying:

“I love Dr. Blackett! She has been my doctor for about 5 years and has delivered 2 of my babies. She takes the time to get to know me and my family. I’ve always felt like she listens to my concerns and desires and also does a great job at educating me when I have questions. I am moving out of the valley soon and I am actually really sad I’ll have to find a new OB! I love the Lodge!” -Hayley Sorensen

What our patients are saying:

  “Highly highly recommended. I have seen doctors at the budge and here and they make you feel listened too, important and valid in all of your concerns. They are up to date on current treatments in my experience and have a sincere desire to help you. I love Anne Blackett and Ken Wade!” -Taylor Porritt

What our patients are saying:

  “I have had such positive, validating experiences at this office and I will continue going here as long as I live in the valley. Each staff member is knowledgable, professional, and helpful. They always make me feel so comfortable and well taken care of.” -Dani Gardner

Cache Valley Women's Center at the Lodge

(435) 753-9999

1325 N. 600 E. Suite 102

Logan, UT 84341

Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:30am - 12pm, 1:30pm - 5 pm

Friday

8:30am - 12pm, 1:30pm - 4 pm