What happens after I schedule my appointment?
You will receive a call, email and/or text message to confirm your appointment. This message will include the date/time of your appointment, office location, and options to confirm or cancel the appointment.
What happens if I don’t show up my appointment, but forgot to cancel it at least 24 hours before it was scheduled?
If you miss your appointment or do not cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment time, you will be charged $50. This fee is not billable to your insurance.
Is there paperwork I need to bring with me to my appointment?
We ask that new patients print and fill out the New Patient Questionnaire (which can be found on the Patient Forms Tab above). Please bring this completed form with you to your appointment and give it to our front desk staff when you check-in. Please also bring your insurance card and photo ID with you.
How do I have my medical records sent to you?
Please complete and follow the instructions on the Medical Records TO Capital Women’s Care form (which can be found on the Patient Forms Tab above).
I am moving to another State/country and need my medical records sent elsewhere. How do I do this?
Please complete and follow the instructions on the Medical Records FROM Capital Women’s Care form (which can be found on the Patient Forms Tab above). Please note that there are fees associated with completing and/or sending records.
How long do you keep my medical records?
Virginia State laws mandate that health care providers maintain a patient’s medical records for 8 years.
Do you provide walk-in care?
We do not provide walk-in care, but are able to schedule same day appointments if available at one of our two locations with a provider that has an opening in their schedule. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have an urgent concern that you would like to have evaluated as soon as possible. Our staff is happy to work with you! For true medical emergencies, please call 911.
I have a cold, what can I take?
Please look at the Safe Medications During Pregnancy List (which can be found on the Patient Forms Tab above). If you have or develop a fever, or if your symptoms persist or worsen despite trying over the counter medications, please go to urgent care or see your primary care physician immediately.
Where am I going to deliver my baby?
Our physicians have privileges at Inova Fairfax Women’s and Children’s Hospital located at 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA, 22042. We strongly recommend a hospital tour which will also provide information on routine infant care, supplies to bring to the hospital with you and supplies to have ready at home when you bring baby home. To schedule a tour, please visit https://www.inova.org/inovawell/childbirth-education.
Should I take childbirth classes or any other classes before my baby is born?
Classes taken before your baby is born are optional, but some patients choose to take classes on breastfeeding, childbirth, newborn care, Infant CPR, and/or sibling preparation. For more information and to register, please visit https://www.inova.org/inovawell/childbirth-education.
How many ultrasounds will I have during my pregnancy?
During an uncomplicated pregnancy, you will typically have 3 ultrasounds. The first ultrasound will be done at your First OB Visit to confirm the pregnancy and to give you an estimated due date. The second ultrasound is typically done at the optional nuchal translucency or first trimester genetic screening visit. Finally, the last ultrasound is done at a radiology center for an anatomical assessment of the baby. The anatomy ultrasound is when you will find out the gender of the baby unless you opted to reveal the gender with cell free DNA blood testing at your nuchal translucency or first trimester genetic screening visit. Finally, you will be given a referral for the last/third ultrasound which is usually done at a radiology center for an anatomical assessment of the baby.
How do I know if it’s ok for me to travel?
Typically, for uncomplicated pregnancies, we are ok with travel until about 32 to 34 weeks gestational ages. Please talk to us at your prenatal visits to let us know if you anticipate travel anywhere in the world so that we may better guide you. Please also look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for the latest travel advisories and for current Zika virus recommendations.
Do I have to see all of the providers during my pregnancy?
Yes, it is our expectation that you see all of the physicians during your pregnancy at least once.
What should I do with my short term disability or medical leave forms from work?
Please obtain all forms that your employer requires you to complete for short term disability or medical leave. Please print and fill out the portions of the forms that are your responsibility. Then, please bring them to our office and give them to our front desk staff. Be sure instructions are included on the forms on where to send them once they have been completed or if you plan to pick them up. Please note that there are fees associated with completing and/or sending these forms.
What should I do if I am scheduled for a well woman visit, but I would like to discuss other concerns I have been having?
In order to allow adequate time to discuss all of your concerns, it is preferred that you schedule a separate Gynecologic Problem-Focused Office Visit. Our staff may ask you what concerns you have in order to provide you with an appropriate amount of time with your provider.
What should I do if I get my period on the day of my appointment?
It is typically ok to keep your appointment with us even if you are on your period, especially if you are having a spotting to light flow. However, if it is moderate to heavy flow and you would like to reschedule your appointment, please call us as soon as possible.
What should I do if I still have questions or concerns about my abnormal Pap smear results?
Please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see the provider who performed the Pap smear to discuss the abnormal results with you in person.