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Pregnancy Specialist

Heather Skanes, MD -  - Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Oasis Women's Health

Heather Skanes, MD

Obstetrician/Gynecologist located in Birmingham, AL

Pregnancy is a life-changing event for women that requires attentive and ongoing prenatal care to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy for mom and baby. Heather Skanes, MD, at Oasis Women's Health in Birmingham, Alabama, is an experienced OB/GYN who specializes in the pregnancy needs of women of color. She delivers at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham so she can offer low-intervention care that ensures you receive the safe, equitable treatment you desire and deserve. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Pregnancy Q&A

When should I start pregnancy care?

You should contact Oasis Women's Health to start pregnancy care the moment you know or think you’re pregnant. Early and regular pregnancy care ensures a healthy and happy pregnancy for you and your baby. 

For most women, Dr. Skanes schedules the first prenatal appointment eight weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period. 

However, she may have you come in sooner if your pregnancy is high risk. Your pregnancy may be high risk if you:

  • Have a chronic health condition (diabetes, lupus, high blood pressure)
  • Have a history of gestational diabetes or preeclampsia
  • Are carrying more than one baby (twins, triplets)
  • Are 35 or older 

You may also benefit from an earlier first prenatal visit if you have disruptive symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cramping, or abnormal uterine bleeding. 

What happens during pregnancy care?

Dr. Skanes takes a patient-centered approach to care and the specifics of your pregnancy care at Oasis Women's Health depend on your personal needs and preferences. However, you can expect compassionate and attentive service.

Your first prenatal visit at Oasis Women's Health is likely to be the longest. During this appointment, Dr. Skanes:

  • Confirms pregnancy
  • Estimates your due date
  • Reviews your gynecological, medical, and family history
  • Reviews your partner’s medical and family history
  • Checks your height and weight
  • Measures your blood pressure and heart rate
  • Performs a physical and pelvic exam, and Pap smear
  • Requests blood and urine lab work
  • Answers all of your questions and concerns

She then schedules your follow-up appointments to monitor your health throughout your pregnancy. The frequency of your visits depends on your weeks of gestation and pregnancy needs.

In general, you can expect pregnancy appointments once a month up through week 28, then twice a month up through week 36. Dr. Skanes then schedules weekly pregnancy appointments from week 36 until you give birth. 

What can I expect during the delivery of my baby?

Dr. Skanes provides maternity care at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, which has one of the lowest cesarean section rates in the state of Alabama. The hospital also supports midwifery and doula care for delivery.

Oasis Women's Health gives a voice to women of color, who often feel unheard in their prenatal care and birthing experience. With the support of the hospital, Dr. Skanes ensures you receive the safe and equitable care you expect and deserve.

Call Oasis Women's Health or book an appointment today to schedule your pregnancy appointment.