At Austin Perinatal Associates, we are specialists who act, primarily, as a referral-based practice. “Referral-based” simply means that you have your own obstetric care provider and we act as a consultant. Usually, your obstetrician, family physician or midwife will recommend that you make an appointment at our office for some concern, pre-existing medical condition, exposure or risk involving your pregnancy. On occasion, we may simply act as the medical facility entrusted to do normal ultrasound imaging for your normal pregnancy. In either case, there is usually a “Request for Services” that is filled out by your primary-care provider, which states the concern or reason for the visit, the type of service requested and any diagnoses that you may have. Your primary provider may fax this form to Austin Perinatal, they may simply give the form to you to bring in to us, or both. We ask that, if you have a copy of your “Request for Services”, that you bring it with you to your appointment.
When calling to make an appointment, we will be asking you about your name, date of birth, insurance, referring provider’s name, the reason for your visit and the services requested. It is always helpful to have this information readily available (Request for Services and Insurance Card) when you call for your appointment. All of this information is important in tailoring your appointment to your individual needs as well as pre-verifying and billing your insurance. We, here at Austin Perinatal Associates, realize that your information is personal and private. We do not share ANY information with anyone, except the referring provider, your insurance company, to collect outstanding balances, or those to whom you specifically allow us to inform (such as parents, spouses, family members or surrogate parents).
We will give you instructions to either fill out the remaining history and insurance forms from our website or request that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so that you may complete your forms here in our office.
You will be given a specific date and time of your appointment. You may actually have multiple appointment times, depending upon your specific needs. Separate times are made for counseling (genetic counselor or diabetic educator), ultrasound appointment, a procedure time (amniocentesis or CVS) if needed, and/or a consultation time with Dr. Berry. Initial visits will usually involve multiple appointment times. Ask our front desk for details if you have any questions.