OB/GYN Services in Indiana

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Obstetric and gynecology services at NorthShore Health Centers are offered by experienced, board-certified obstetricians and collaborating midwives who bring complete care to our patients. We realize that having a baby should be one of life’s most exciting experiences; however, pregnancy can also be very stressful. The birth of each baby has a lasting impact on the physical and mental health of a mother. NorthShore Health Centers’ broad range of programs and expertise help women prepare for pregnancy, then guide them through routine or high-risk pregnancies to the birth of the baby. Our offices in Merrillville, Portage, Lake Station, Hammond and Chesterton, Indiana, go beyond basic gynecologist and obstetrician services to focus on the whole health of both mother and child.

At NorthShore Health Centers we have a strong focus on prenatal care during pregnancy. The goal of prenatal care is to monitor the progress of a pregnancy and to identify potential problems before they become serious for either mom or baby. Women who see their health care provider regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy. All mothers and babies benefit from prenatal care.

NorthShore Health Centers offers full obstetric services and have convenient locations and hours to serve our mothers-to-be. From pregnancy testing through prenatal care, to delivery and post-partum follow-up care, as well as gynecology services, our skilled providers are there to answer questions and provide professional treatment for our patients.

3D/4D Ultrasound
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NorthShore Health Centers believes that seeing your baby in the womb should be an unforgettable experience – a time of bonding, captured by more than just static and lines. Your first baby pictures should create a lifetime memory. Will he or she have Mommy’s chin? Are those Daddy’s cheeks? These are questions that may now be answered by new 3D/4D ultrasound technology, available at NorthShore Health Centers.
The picture shown is just one of many shots you might see during your Personal 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience. Imagine what your baby might do as you watch him or her in motion – a glimpse of your “bundle of joy” to come!

When it comes to your baby, don’t settle for anything but the best. At NorthShore Health Centers we strive to make your Personal 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience a time to remember.

Whether you have been referred to us by family, friends, your OB/GYN, or another means of advertisement, you can rest assured that when you walk into our Hammond, Lake Station, Merrillville, Portage, or Chesterton office for obstetric or gynecology care, you will have come to the right place.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a 3D/4D ultrasound?
Is an elective (non-diagnostic) ultrasound safe for my baby?
When is the best time to get a 3D /4D ultrasound?
How can I get good images of my baby on my 3D ultrasound?
How much does it cost and what forms of payment do you accept?
Can I get a diagnostic 2D ultrasound when I get the elective 3D/4D ultrasound?
Will my insurance cover the additional charges for the 2D ultrasound?
Do you have gift certificates available?

What is a 3D/4D ultrasound?

3D ultrasounds use sound waves at a pitch much higher than what you or your baby can hear (think of a dog whistle). These sound waves echo back to the ultrasound machine. The 3D ultrasound machine sends these waves at different angles, analyzes the echoes and forms a 3D image. The 4D portion of the ultrasound is a movie clip of your baby in 3D, where the fourth dimension is time. You can see your baby in 3D moving over time, and this movie is saved as a short video clip.

Is getting an elective (non-diagnostic) ultrasound safe for my baby?

In 35 years of widespread, almost universal use of ultrasounds, there has not been a single known case of a miscarriage or abnormality attributed to the use of ultrasounds. Its safety profile has been proven over the decades. Women undergoing in-vitro fertilization have to receive an obstetric ultrasound every week, and even in these cases, there has been no report of any harm or risk to the baby or mother.

When is the best time to get a 3D /4D ultrasound?

In our experience, the ideal time to get the best images on 3D ultrasound is between 26 and 30 weeks. After 30 weeks, the baby may have already begun his or her descent to the outside world.

How can I get good images of my baby on my 3D ultrasound?

On the day of the ultrasound, have breakfast or lunch; then, if you are not diabetic, drink something with sugar in it just before you come in for the ultrasound. The bladder does not have to be full for the exam.

How much does it cost and what forms of payment do you accept?

Because the 3D/4D Ultrasound is an elective non-diagnostic procedure, you are required to pay by cash, credit card or with our Gift Certificate at the time of your appointment. The cost is $120 for a one hour session and $145 for twins.

Can I get a diagnostic 2D ultrasound when I get the elective 3D/4D ultrasound?

For an additional charge, if you have a physician’s order, the 2D diagnostic ultrasound can be completed during your 3D/4D ultrasound session. When you call to schedule your 3D/4D ultrasound appointment, inform the scheduler that you are also interested in having a 2D diagnostic ultrasound at the same time. You can discuss with the scheduler any other preparation steps necessary to complete the 2D diagnostic ultrasound.

Will my insurance cover the additional charges for the 2D ultrasound?

NorthShore Health Centers can file a claim through your insurance provider. If the diagnostic test is not covered, you are responsible for the charges using NorthShore’s sliding fee schedule.

Do you have gift certificates available?

Yes, a gift certificate for NorthShore’s Personal 3D/4D Ultrasound Experience makes the perfect gift for a baby shower, for your friend or family member.

 

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