Women and Children’s Services at Winchester Medical Center is dedicated to providing compassion and expert care in labor & delivery, mother/baby care, neonatal intensive care and pediatrics. Our extensive offering includes high-risk obstetric services, childbirth education, lactation consultation, and women’s health programs. Winchester Medical Center is home to a 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with emergency transport, a 17-bed pediatric unit, a full-time Child Life Specialist, as well as monthly subspecialty clinics for children with cardiac, developmental, endocrine, or genetic problems. Women & Children's Services at Winchester Medical Center - Trusted to Deliver.
Valley Health FAQ
Q: Should I have genetic testing for Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities?
A: Down syndrome is related to maternal age and family history. The choice to do the testing is a very personal decision. We offer non-directive counseling and many families elect to decline any testing. Testing can be indirect and non-invasive, or it can be direct, which involves either CVS or amniocentesis.
Q: How bad is smoking during pregnancy?
A: Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage. There is no "safe" amount of cigarettes. Smoking causes poor growth of the baby and increases the risk of cesarean section. Smoking also increases the risk of placental abruption, which can be catastrophic in that it can kill both the baby and mother. Smoking also increases the risk of crib death.
Q: What preventative measures should I take before I conceive?
A: Make sure that you have had your routine dental cleaning, up to date with all vaccinations, exercise, and are healthy enough to safely carry a pregnancy. It is critical to maximize nutrition and get plenty of folic acid through food and vitamins. When in doubt, consult your gynecologist PRIOR to getting pregnant.
Q: Should I avoid certain medications while I am trying to conceive?
A: Yes. It is a very broad topic, but certainly if you are taking certain medications on a chronic basis, you should consult with your gynecologist before conceiving. Medication like some anti-hypertensives, anti-depressants, and anti-seizure medicines can cause birth defects. Sometimes the risk of stopping medications can be worse than continuing the medication, so your doctor should be consulted.
Q: Can I drink alcohol when I am trying to conceive?
A: Drinking while trying to get pregnant is not the best idea. It can be difficult to predict when you are fertile, and you might not know when you have become pregnant. There is no "safe" amount of alcohol, so we recommend abstinence while trying to conceive. Binge drinking is especially linked to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which causes lower IQ's, facial deformities, and severe growth restriction.