MiPATH: Prenatal Patient Resources

Thank you for choosing Michigan Medicine for your pregnancy care. We are privileged to partner with you using our prenatal care plan, MiPATH, Michigan Plan for Appropriate, Tailored Healthcare in Pregnancy.

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Michigan Plan for Appropriate, Tailored Healthcare in Pregnancy (MiPATH)

MiPATH is a tailored prenatal care model that provides patients with options for medical care, education, and support during pregnancy. With MiPATH, you have the opportunity to work together with your doctor or midwife to select the prenatal care plan that meets your needs, including medical care, education, and social support.

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Preparing for Your Virtual Visits

Depending on the MiPATH prenatal care pathway you choose, some in-person care may be replaced with virtual prenatal care. Our team has compiled a variety of resources to ensure that you continue to feel supported and well-informed during your pregnancy. Learn more about virtual prenatal care.

Home Devices for Prenatal Care

You will need a blood pressure (BP) cuff for your virtual visits and we will work with you to help you obtain this device. You are not required to purchase a scale or fetal Doppler monitor to check your baby’s heart rate. However, you may choose to purchase these devices for your own reassurance. More info on getting and using devices.

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Educational Resources

At your first prenatal care visit, you will receive a book, Your Childbirth Experience, that walks you through the full childbirth experience from pregnancy to newborn care. In addition to this book and the prenatal education you will receive at your in-person visits, our team has compiled a number of resources to support your learning throughout each stage of your pregnancy. You will find helpful resources listed below that cover a range of topics such as pregnancy, infant care, comfort measures in labor, proper breastfeeding positioning, baby development milestones, and infant behavior.

When You Find Out You're Pregnant

8-12 Weeks Pregnant

16-20 Weeks Pregnant

24-28 Weeks Pregnant

28-30 Weeks Pregnant

32 Weeks Pregnant

34-39 Weeks Pregnant

Postpartum

Health Education Library

For even more educational resources, visit the comprehensive online health resource library, featuring articles and downloads on a variety of health topics, including pregnancy and childbirth. There are also a number of educational classes and seminars available for new and expecting parents.

For more information, call 734-936-8886 or email UMHS-WHRC@med.umich.edu.

Virtual Birth Center Tour

If you're pregnant and interested in delivering at Von Voiglander Women's Hospital, watching this video tour of our birth center will help you understand what you can expect, how you can contact us when you're in labor and give you guidance to plan your visit.

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Maintaining Social Support

Stay Home, Stay Connected

To make sure you feel supported, we created Stay Home, Stay Connected - an online group where pregnant and postpartum patients can communicate and share their experiences. The program includes monthly small group check-ins with other patients at similar points in their pregnancy, and online classes on wellness and managing stress in pregnancy. You can preview some of these online classes. If you are interested, please sign up for Stay Home, Stay Connected.

Social Support

We offer a variety of options for social support resources to complement your Plan for Appropriate and Tailored Healthcare in Pregnancy (PATH).

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Pregnancy and COVID-19

COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide

Our team has collaborated with Social Services to compile a COVID-19 Social Services Resource Guide. The guide contains important information on housing, food access, and other social needs you may have, particularly during difficult economic times.

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Research

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan has a broad-based research program, conducting both basic laboratory work and an extensive array of subspecialty focused clinical research programs.

Research volunteers help our researchers discover valuable information from clinical studies that supports improving health care for all patients. We have numerous opportunities for patients to participate in innovative research studies.

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