First you will register your child. Please arrive a few minutes early for registration and remember to bring your insurance cards, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) letter and co-pay with you. If your daughter is old enough to attend appointments on her own, you may sign a consent form for her to attend future appointments without you. A copy of your daughter's immunization record can also be helpful.
A nurse or medical assistant will measure your daughter's weight, height and blood pressure. You may also be asked about her current medications so it may be helpful to write them down to bring to the appointment.
Your daughter may be asked to provide a urine sample privately in the bathroom.
You and your daughter will be placed in an exam room where the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will review your daughter's history and both your concerns. Often, physicians-in-training will be working with the gynecologist. They will be fully supervised by the attending gynecologist, who will be working with you to develop the plan of care.
You may be asked to step out of the exam room, into the waiting area while the physician interacts with your daughter in private. This allows both your daughter and the provider to discuss any issues in private, respecting patient and physician professional confidentiality.
If an examination is necessary, your daughter will be given the option to have the exam performed in private, or with you in the room. The examination is complete, but generally concentrates on abdomen, pelvis and outer genital area. We are respectful and gentle in interacting with patients regarding this potentially anxious experience.
Once the examination is complete, the gynecologist or the nurse practitioner will discuss recommendations and treatment options with you and your daughter. Each of you will have a chance to ask questions and make your own decision about the best treatment.
Please be aware that many different caregivers see patients in our office space at the same time, so your daughter may not be called in the order of arrival. You will be seen in the order of your appointment time with your particular provider.