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Pregnancy & Childbirth
Whether your first pregnancy or your fifth, the team our highly skilled team will support you through your pregnancy and beyond.

Pregnancy Care - Women's Health | Porter Medical Center

Pregnancy Care - Women's Health | Porter Medical Center

Welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting time. Our providers have the skills and experience to support you throughout your pregnancy. Whether this is your first pregnancy or fifth, Porter Woman’s Health can serve as your guide throughout the process. Our physicians and nurse-midwives offer a gentle and safe approach to care and will support you in making informed decisions throughout your pregnancy and the postpartum period. Our care is centered upon the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are a normal physiological process and we believe that establishing a relationship built on trust is essential. We customize our care to provide you optimal maternity care even in the presence of risk-factors or complications.

Typical prenatal care starts around 8 weeks. Appointments are usually every 4 weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, and every week until delivery.

We specialize in:

  • Comprehensive prenatal care
  • Early pregnancy assessment
  • Medical complications of pregnancy
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Labor support and Delivery at the family-centered Birthing Center
  • Post-partum care including lactation support, post-partum depression and family planning

Patient Information

Antenatal Testing
Common Discomforts of Pregnancy
Constipation in Pregnancy
Coping with Nausea
ECV (External Cephalic Version)
GBS (Group B Streptooccus)
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy
Prenatal Genetic Screening
Pregnancy Resources
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Medications in Pregnancy
Nutrition in Pregnancy
Postpartum Depression
There is also a wealth of information on the ACOG website and ACNM website.

Online Resources

Prenatal Yoga/Art
Evolution Yoga & Physical Therapy (Burlington, VT)
Yoga Roots (Shelburne, VT)
Belly Casting (create a beautiful piece of art from your belly!)
Belly Bowl (create a bowl from the mold of your belly!)

Childbirth Connection
March of Dimes
Lamaze International 
American Pregnancy
Text for Baby
PARC ActivePregnancy
Dental Health
Pregnant? 9 Questions You May Have About Your Dental Health

Addison County Breastfeeding Resources 2016
Lactation Resources of Vermont
Kelly Mom
Natural Beginnings In-home lactation consult visits, education, counseling, mother’s group, breast pump sales & rentals. Contact Vicki Kirby, RN, IBCLC at 236-4136 or 948-2172
Breastfeeding support meetings every 3rd Tuesdayof the month at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury from 11am-1pm.
WIC Breastfeeding Page
La Leche League
Vermont Chapter of LaLeche
Vermont Lactation Consultant Association
Kelly Mom Breastfeeding Resource
Bright Future Lactation Resource Center
Breast Feeding Videos – Dr. Newman
Porter Medical Center
Childbirth Connection
Spinning Babies Ina May Website
Our Moment of Truth

Infant Care
Healthy Children from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Community Resources & VT Services
Menu of Services in Addison County
Find and Go Seek
Middlebury Parent Child Center
Screen Door Program (online referral tool for state services)
Vermont 211 (phone referral tool for varied services)
Ladies First Program
WomanSAFE: A Community Effort for Prevention of Violence Against Women
Addison County Parent/Child Center
Vermont Department of Health
Addison County Home Health and Hospice