Sunshine Obstetric Care
Personalized Pregnancy Care
- Now accepting new patients
- We accept Medicaid, private insurance, and Denali Kidcare
- Sliding fee scale available
Welcome to Obstetric Care at SCHC
We are honored to be a part of your journey to bring new life into the world. Pregnancy is an exciting time, that brings changes to your body, your mood, and a million questions. Our expert obstetrician will guide you through each change while helping you and your baby maintain the best health possible.
No two pregnancies are alike, which is why it’s important to have an obstetrician who is a trusted partner throughout your pregnancy. From high-risk obstetrics to low-intervention births our obstetrics expertise covers all areas. You will receive the compassionate, individualized care you and your baby deserve during this special time.
Meet Dr. Krozel
Dr. Krozel was born in Alaska but raised in San Antonio, Texas with the influence of her retired Air Force family. She attended Medical School at the University of Texas at Houston and moved to Anchorage in 1999 to complete her Family Medicine Residency. She began her physician career in rural Alaska, Seward, and Wrangell. She later worked her way back to South Central Alaska and the Mat-Su Valley in 2004.
Her professional career has been dedicated to caring for Alaska families including prenatal care, obstetrics (delivering babies), pediatrics, women’s health, chronic disease management, geriatrics, and obesity medicine. She considers it a privilege to take care of her neighbors through the entire spectrum of life!
Dr. Krozel raised her own family in the Mat-Su Valley. She has a son in college, one in his senior year of high school, and two daughters following close behind. She says, “We love our Alaska life!
Why Choose Dr. Krozel for Obstetric Care?
Dr. Krozel includes Obstetrics in the spectrum of care with her patients but she is also a Family Medicine Doctor. After your baby is born, Dr. Krozel can continue providing pediatric care for your baby. Family history and health is an important factor in your baby’s overall health. With over 20 years experience and expertise in family medicine, your child will have the benefit of continuing the healthcare relationship with the medical provider that knows baby’s mother, siblings and often baby’s father providing a more complete view of factors that impact your baby’s health.
What Is Obstetric Care?
Obstetrics is a medical specialty that focuses on the care of pregnant women, the health of the unborn baby, labor, and delivery, and care immediately following childbirth. Whether this is your first child or your next, if you’re looking for obstetric care in the Mat-Su Valley you have an important decision to make. With personalized care that’s tailored to your needs as a woman and a mother, SCHC’s obstetric care services are here to support you throughout your pregnancy journey with all the essential services and care that you need.
From preconception counseling to general obstetric and postpartum care at our offices in Wasilla, Willow and Talkeetna, we can help you design a plan for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, maintaining both your prenatal and postnatal health so that you and your baby can get the healthiest start possible. At SCHC you will get the support you need that is focused on all of your pregnancy care needs and questions.
Who Needs Obstetric Care?
Anyone that is pregnant or planning to become pregnant should look for local obstetric care. Seeking the advice of a professional trained in obstetrics can mean better care for both mom and baby. It’s best to have your first visit with the obstetrician before you conceive. An Obstetrician can help you manage your health in preparation for pregnancy and continue that care throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
If you’re currently seeing a gynecologist, you’ll need an obstetrician who is also trained in obstetrics to monitor your pregnancy and treat any complications that may arise leading up to and after delivery. We offer obstetric care that will guide you through your entire pregnancy and beyond.
If you are high-risk or have any complications during your pregnancy, obstetricians can recognize and help remedy any issues as well as keep you informed. They can explain what’s happening in terms you’ll understand to help you feel more comfortable, and they know when it’s necessary to work with a specialist. Obstetricians are familiar with treating complications like ectopic pregnancies, where the fetus grows outside the uterus, or fetal distress, where the fetus may not be doing well for one reason or another. They are also prepared for complications like placenta issues, preeclampsia, or delivery through cesarean section if necessary.
What is Involved with Obstetric Care?
Routine Exams While Pregnant
During a healthy pregnancy, it is recommended that you visit your Obstetrician every four weeks through the 28th week of pregnancy, then every two weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy, and then once a week until delivery. During your prenatal check-ups, we will take and log your weight and blood pressure. Starting at around 22 weeks, we begin measuring the size and shape of the uterus to monitor the growth of the fetus and check for normal development. Urine samples may also be taken during certain visits to check for sugar and protein.
Gestational Diabetes Testing
For most pregnant women, gestational diabetes screenings are done between weeks 24 and 28. The gestational diabetes screening involves drinking a sugary beverage to drink, waiting for one hour, and then having blood drawn for a blood glucose test. Should results show elevated sugar levels, further testing is recommended to confirm the presence of gestational diabetes.
Women with a high risk of developing gestational diabetes will receive a glucose screening around 12 weeks. Women with a family history of diabetes, are obese, or who’ve had a baby that was above 9 lbs. at birth fall in the high-risk category.
If you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, part of your obstetrics care will be learning to manage the condition. This could include daily testing and medication or simply a plan for exercise and modifications to your diet.
Other Pregnancy Concerns
During your routine obstetric visits, you will also be monitored for other conditions such as:
- Rh incompatibility – Individuals who don’t have Rh factor in the blood are considered Rh-negative. If you test Rh-negative and your baby is Rh-positive, problems could arise with the baby’s blood cells entering your bloodstream.
- Pre-eclampsia – high blood pressure, swelling of the hands, feet, or face, and protein in the urine.
While both conditions are serious, with proper prenatal care they can be managed successfully.
Diet and Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Proper nutrition and appropriate weight gain are an important part of a healthy pregnancy. On average, a woman who is healthy should gain about 25-35 lbs. during pregnancy, a woman who is overweight should gain about 15 – 25 lbs., and a woman who is underweight should gain about 25-40 lbs.
During your prenatal visits, your doctor will monitor your weight gain and discuss any concerns with you. A balanced weight gain during pregnancy is important. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about proper nutrition, additional calories, or vitamin intake with your doctor during your visits.