About Prenatal Care
At Women’s Health at Valley View, we are dedicated to our patients and to helping women experience healthy and happy pregnancies. With prenatal care, we can meet with expecting mothers at the beginning of their first trimester and provide care all the way through childbirth. Our experienced team of board-certified OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives will review your medical history, request laboratory tests, and perform a physical examination at your initial visit and provide you with a calendar of when to attend your regular prenatal care visits. At our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Eagle, and Silt, CO, we are passionate about providing the highest level of women’s health and prenatal care for all expecting mothers. To schedule your initial consultation, we invite you to contact one of our Colorado locations, and we welcome you to the beginning of your beautiful journey to motherhood!
"Dr. Joel Dickens was our doctor throughout my second pregnancy and birth of our daughter two years ago. He was great about answering any of our questions and addressing any concerns we had along the way. He never made me feel like any of my questions were unimportant or silly and I was never made to feel that my concerns were irrational. I am now in my last weeks of my third pregnancy and am much less anxious knowing this baby and I are in good hands with Dr. Dickens. We highly recommend Dr. Joel Dickens!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 19, 2018
"My son is almost 3 months and my initial intent was a home birth however with some pregnancy complications, I transferred to the clinic and my experience with Women’s Health was amazing. Everyone there is knowledgeable, open, friendly and helpful. I had a natural childbirth of a nearly 9lbs baby and Brenda Hanson was so encouraging and helpful. She really helped me make it through along with all of the staff at the family birthplace. It was truly a great experience that my husband, son and I are all grateful for. Could not be happier with the care."- A.B. / Google / Mar 05, 2020
"Another great visit after my recent procedure. Very impressed with this practice."- J.C. / SurveyVitals / Feb 20, 2020
"Truly BLESSED: - God has been so good to me, placing this woman in my path. She’s the first that took me seriously wo eye-rolls n the words “inconclusive” and “hypochondriac”!!!!!!!God alone "dropped her in my lap". I was at a Ladies' Bible Study n a woman there was talking about her Dr. n how pleased she was with her. I asked for the name:Dr. Katie Mang-Smith atWomen's Health at Valley-View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.She took the time to go over the paperwork / results from the multiple tests I've had done elsewhere since Jan 2017, multiple UAs, a cystoscopy, a CT scan, a pelvic ultrasound, and several pelvic exams,....) the problems I've been having that prompted me to have them, n my frustration of getting no answers / “inconclusive” results.The surgery was planned as "exploratory" to discover why n ended up being a major effort / undertaking of precision repair(s),for problems, some I suspected, some, no one had any clue!!!!!!!What was supposed to be 1 1/2 - 2 hours, was a 4 hour surgery!!!!!!!Grateful to God for His Provision!!!!!!!I had my surgery on Tuesday, 27 NOV, 18. It’s now Friday. Dr Mang-Smith came to my hospital room Tuesday afternoon to explain / discuss what she’d accomplished:After my previous partial hysterectomy (Colorado Springs 1998) and in the 20 years since,upon visual inspection, Dr. Mang-Smith discovered:Vaginal cuff, bladder, colon, ovaries and tubes all stuck together w a lot of scar tissue / adhesions,creating a large knotted lump / cluster of imperfectly, often painfully functioning organs, including confirmation of vaginal cuff that had come “unbuttoned” from the previous surgery.(Explains a LOT of on-going symptoms!!!!!!!)The pictures are shocking / stunning.She had to dissect it all to separate / get it apart.Once apart:Discovered a fistula n removed a portion of colon / repaired it.Removed (dead / atrophied / w cyst) ovaries n tubes.Put remaining items in their proper places, allowing them to freely move, naturally.Repaired the “unbuttoned” vaginal cuff.More incisions than planned to allow for tools -some glued, some sewn; a bit warm, but healing nicely.VERY sore -esp left side where biggest incisions are.On norco n ibuprofen for pain.On fluids, liquid diet / transition to soft / reg.Now home.Still a bit dizzy, n puffy from fluid, as well as some pain from gas, and other minor discomforts. Only a bit of nausea. A bit of fever yesterday, but all in all, vitals are good, n recovery seems to be going well.She called me yesterday and I told her how grateful I was -she’s basically saved my life. If all this had gone undiscovered (doesn’t show on any of the tests I’ve done!!!!!!!) for another 10-20 years, I’d never have survived it. (I’m 58 -would’ve had much more difficulty at 78!!!!!!!)Thank you SO very much, Dr. Mang-Smith, for your attentiveness, kindness, and skill!!!!!!! Recommending you will be one of the greatest privileges / pleasures of my life!!!!!!!Gratefully,Deborah Christine Garrett 🐝"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 30, 2018
"I've got to say Valerie the RN that took me back was wonderful. She helped me with the most advice first hand and she made me feel very comfortable. She is the sweetest."- Anonymous / SurveyVitals / Feb 20, 2020
During your initial prenatal consultation, we will request blood work, evaluate your medical history, and perform a physical exam. Additionally, we may request additional testing and will set you up with additional follow-up exams as your pregnancy progresses. Our skilled and certified team will also be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding your pregnancy and what you can expect, including when to schedule ultrasounds, dietary restrictions, the changes you will begin to notice each trimester, and more.
During your visits to our practice, we encourage you to bring along family members to some of your visits. Fathers are always welcome and children may enjoy listening to their sibling's heartbeat. However, during more extensive visits, it may be best to arrange childcare for them, and during some visits, your OB/GYN may request alone time with the expecting mother. In general, it is your decision on who you would like to accompany you during your visits, but we do request that you limit the number of additional people in the exam room.
What to Expect
If this is your first pregnancy, we may encourage you to attend childbirth classes with your partner during the last couple of months of your pregnancy. It is also important to note that your prenatal care visits will become more frequent as you get closer to your due date so that both you and your baby can be closely monitored. If you have any questions throughout your pregnancy, we are always available to answer them by phone or in person at your visit.
Healthy and Happy
Prenatal care is essential to a healthy and happy pregnancy not only for you but also for your unborn baby. At our Colorado facilities, we are dedicated to helping you experience exceptional prenatal care and we are always available to answer any questions that you may have throughout your pregnancy. Contact Women's Health at Valley View today to schedule your initial prenatal care consultation.