Pregnancy post-diagnosis is often a blur of medical appointments, especially late in pregnancy. Expectant parents receiving co-care from several health care professionals may see multiple doctors in an obstetrics practice and multiple doctors in a maternal-fetal medicine practice. There may be a lists of tests, lists of questions, scraps of paper with phone numbers. We highly recommend making an organizational plan to keep track of all of your medical information during pregnancy. Parents should purchase a a binder/ notebook to keep track of dates, medications, doctors, tests, results, questions, and answers. Include your birth plan as well. Ask your doctors for copies of your medical records, especially the karyotype, which shows the baby’s chromosome count.
You may also want to start a binder for the baby, starting with the karyotype and a summary of the pregnancy. Keep track of all medical personnel, tests, etc. connected with the baby in this binder. Some items which may be helpful to start are the following:
Blogger Ria provides amazing advice on creating an organizational system, with extremely helpful links and step-by-step instructions.
(original post March of 2011)