Frequently Asked Questions for Patients | Oakdale ObGyn

For Patients Frequently Asked Questions

General

Are you accepting new patients?

All Oakdale ObGyn physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and our GYN physicians assistant welcome new patients.

How do I reach my clinic with a question or for an appointment?

To reach any of our four ObGyn clinics, call 763-587-7000Click here to email us now. Our fax line for all clinics is 763-587-7015.

How do I refill prescription medication?

Please contact your pharmacy directly to request prescription refills. Pharmacies will then send your refill request to us electronically and we can approve the refill.

What type of insurance do you accept?

Oakdale ObGyn accepts most insurance. Please call our business office 763-587-7035 to confirm that we accept your insurance. You can also learn more on our business office page.

Who can I contact with a billing question?

For all payment-related questions or concerns, please call our business office at 763-587-7035 or visit our business office page.

When do you offer evening clinic appointments?

Evening clinics are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Maple Grove and Mondays in Blaine. We also see patients two Saturday mornings per month in Maple Grove.

How long are your appointments?

Appointment times vary depending on the reason for your appointment.

What is your friends and family referral gift?

We’ve built a reputation as an exceptional team who delivers extraordinary care, every day. Suffice it to say, we are not ordinary ObGyn: 99% of our patients recommend us to their family and friends. Refer a friend or family member and receive a $30 gift card to Reflect Salon as our way of saying thank you.

Pregnancy

Coronavirus (COVID- 19) Questions & Answers

Can I travel during this time?
Current recommendations are to avoid all unnecessary air travel, or travel where there are a lot of passengers (ie., public transportation on trains or buses).

What additional precautions should I take to protect my baby?
Avoid large gatherings. This might include movie theaters, sports events, and concerts. While grocery stores and restaurants are okay, avoid close spaces such as elevators. Keep 6 feet of space around you when in public and practice social distancing when possible. If you have the opportunity to work from home, please do.

If I become sick is my baby at risk?
As of now, there are no known risks to your baby. Any fever you experience should be managed with Tylenol. For updated pregnancy-specific information, check this resource from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What are common symptoms?
Reported symptoms have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and even death. It appears the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses are at greatest risk. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Visit oncare.org for a free evaluation of symptoms or call our clinic at 763-587-7000.

See our COVID- 19 blog post for information about precautions we are taking at our clinics.

Should I see the same provider throughout my pregnancy or see several of the providers?

We highly recommend your first OB visit be scheduled with one of our nurse practitioners or nurse midwives. This is a longer appointment and more educational. For more information about the first OB visit, watch this video. After the first OB appointment, we encourage you to select one or two providers that meet your needs and schedule. It’s important to build a relationship with a couple of providers for continuity of care even if they are not the on-call doctor when you go into labor. The information will be consistent within your chart and the on-call doctor can be easily alerted about any concerns your provider may have.

Do you offer childbirth prep or breastfeeding classes?

We offer a prenatal yoga class for Oakdale patients (four evening classes per monthly session). Learn more about prenatal yoga. Our providers deliver babies at Maple Grove Hospital, which offers classes on childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and more. Learn more about classes at Maple Grove Hospital.

Can I bring my family and/or friends to my ultrasound examination?

Yes, but please keep in mind that the ultrasound is a medical examination. The sonographer requires a quiet, respectful atmosphere in which to concentrate on performing the exam. Also, be advised that the ultrasound rooms are relatively small and are dimly lit. Learn more.

What is a nurse midwife?

Certified nurse midwives are nurses with advanced education and training in obstetrics and gynecology. They have completed a national certification exam and are board-certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Learn more about our nurse midwives at Oakdale ObGyn.

What foods should I avoid when pregnant?

We recommend you thoroughly review the information that is given to you at your first OB appointment, which includes a list of foods to avoid. We also encourage you to talk about foods to avoid at your appointments or to meet with our registered dietician. Generally, you should avoid any unpasteurized foods; this will be identified on the packaging. We also advise against consuming any raw or undercooked meats, including sushi. Limit your consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces/week. Avoid tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel in pregnancy.

What are your recommendations for airplane travel when pregnant?

It is okay to fly up to 36 weeks in your pregnancy as the pregnancy is normal. We recommend walking around in the plane every hour and performing ankle pumps (flex and extend your ankles). Also, try to schedule an OB appointment as close to your trip as possible.

What over the counter medications can I take for allergies?

Claritin, Zyrtec and Sudafed (take according to the package insert).

What over the counter medications can I take for nausea?

Vitamin B6 (25mg) 2-3 time a day. Unisom — half a tab in the morning and a full tab at night (Unisom may cause some drowsiness).

Do you offer nutrition counseling before, during, or after pregnancy?

Our registered dietician works with women before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more.

I am nursing. What medications can I take for a cold or allergies?

Flonase nasal spray, available over the counter, saline nasal spray and a humidifier would be recommended to help relieve symptoms. Unfortunately, many antihistamines aren’t recommended with nursing as they tend to dry up the milk supply.

I’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What resources are available to me?

Our registered dietician offers great solutions for healthy nutrition during pregnancy, managing gestational diabetes, assuring food safety, and more. Learn more.

Gynecology

I am in menopause and need nutrition advice. Can you help?

If you’re in menopause and need some nutrition advice, our registered dietician can help. Learn to avoid or manage menopausal weight gain and navigate hormonal changes with a healthy diet. Learn more.

Can nutrition help with bladder control?

If you’re struggling with bladder problems, there are lifestyle strategies you can take for incontinence (bladder leaking). Our dietician can help you take the next steps for getting bladder leaking under control with good nutrition and fluid management. Learn more.

Why do I have to come for annual well-woman appointments when I don’t need a PAP smear every year?

While you may not need a PAP every year it is still important to your health to have yearly pelvic and breast exams. Your annual exam is a great time to discuss medical concerns and update your medical history.

When should I start my new birth control pills?

We recommend starting your new birth control on the Sunday after your period starts. Such as, your period starts on Wednesday you would your birth control on Sunday.

I am having occasional (irregular) bleeding mid-cycle (with or without birth control pills). What’s normal?

Some women may experience episodes of irregular spotting throughout their menstruating years and this can be perfectly normal. Some questions to ask yourself if on birth control: Have you missed any pills, or skipped a cycle recently? This can cause an episode of spotting. Increases in stress or drastic changes in weight can also affect your periods. If this occurs for more than 3 months regularly we would encourage an appointment to discuss with a provider. Also, if you are bleeding heavily, saturating a pad/ hour for more than 2-3 hours at a time, or have any symptoms of lightheadedness, dizziness or weakness we would encourage you to schedule an appointment with a provider. If you are post-menopausal and haven’t had a period in years but have been spotting the past couple days, is this normal? We would encourage you to schedule an appointment with a provider for further evaluation.

How do I skip my period if I am on oral birth control?

If you want to skip your period for a vacation or event, simply skip the sugar pills (placebo pills) and start right away into the new pill pack. Be aware that you may have some break through bleeding (blood spotting) when you do this. If you want to skip your periods more regularly, we recommend that you talk with your provider.

Nutrition

What foods should I avoid when pregnant?

We recommend you avoid any unpasteurized foods; this will be identified on the packaging. We also advise against consuming any raw or undercooked meats, including sushi. Limit your consumption of white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces/week. Avoid tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel in pregnancy.

Do you offer nutrition counseling before, during, or after pregnancy?

Our registered dietician works with women before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn more.

I’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What resources are available to me?

Our registered dietician offers great solutions for healthy nutrition during pregnancy, managing gestational diabetes, assuring food safety, and more. Learn more.

I am in menopause and need nutrition advice. Can you help?

If you’re in menopause and need some nutrition advice, our registered dietician can help. Learn to avoid or manage menopausal weight gain and navigate hormonal changes with a healthy diet. Learn more.

Can nutrition help with bladder control?

If you’re struggling with bladder problems, there are lifestyle strategies you can take for incontinence (bladder leaking). Our dietician can help you take the next steps for getting light bladder leaking under control with good nutrition and fluid management. Learn more.

Español

A quien debería contactar con preguntas acerca de su cuenta médica?

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de su cuenta medica por favor llame a la oficina de negocios al número: 763-587-7035 o visite nuestra pagina de internet.

Que tipo de seguro médico se acepta en su clínica?

Oakdale OBGYN acepta la mayoría de seguros médicos. Por favor llame a la oficina de negocios su número es: 763-587-7035 para confirmar que  su seguro médico es aceptado. Usted puede aprender mas acerca de la oficina de negocios en esta pagina de internet.

Social Media

May Patients Contact Oakdale via Social Media?

At Oakdale Obstetrics & Gynecology, we use social media as one of many tools to communicate with our patients, followers, stakeholders and like-minded organizations. Posts we share might include provider-approved health guidance and third-party articles, health maintenance reminders, updates about our providers, practice news, special event invitations, and more. We welcome reviews and patients may contact us on social media. However, if you have a medical concern, it is best to contact the clinic.

Content Moderation

We welcome and invite our social media followers to engage with us on each of our social channels. Certain comments and user posts, however, are discouraged and will not be allowed. These include, but are not limited to, posts and comments that:

Our practice reserves the right to remove and/or report content that doesn’t meet our guidelines and to block and/or ban users as our staff and social media team sees fit.