Obstetrics (OB) Clinics
All pregnant Active Duty service members and Tricare Prime beneficiaries will receive obstetric care from Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) or the branch clinics (Sewell’s Point or Dam Neck). For your convenience, active duty members will have OB appointments scheduled closest to their duty station, while beneficiaries will be scheduled closest to their home. Regardless of where routine care is obtained, all patients are expected to deliver at NMCP, unless prior authorization is granted.
On appointment days, we ask that ALL patients arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their appointment time. Patients who arrive late to their appointments, have three options:
- try to reschedule for an appointment later on the same day, if one is available;
- wait for the provider to accommodate your visit, which may be at the end of the day if someone cancels and the clinic hours allow
- reschedule your appointment for another day.
Living in the Hampton Roads region, we ask all of our patrons to plan accordingly and to anticipate unexpected traffic, tunnels and bridges, as well as planning ahead for time to obtain parking in our garage. *If an appointment needs to be cancelled or rescheduled, please contact the Hampton Roads Appointment Center or the clinic as soon as possible, as we may have an opportunity to rebook the appointment for another person.
For the welfare and safety of all, we encourage that you do not bring children to any OB appointments. The hospital has a Child Waiting Center right outside the hospital which charges a small fee for childcare services. It is not a drop-in program and does require a reservation. For more information about the services provided, please CLICK HERE.
Think you’re pregnant?
Congratulations! NMCP is committed to providing you and your family with emotional and educational support as you move along your pregnancy journey.
Whether or not this is your first baby, each pregnancy and labor can bring its own set of joys and challenges. Our clinics are staffed with registered nurses, OB/GYN doctors, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNP) who are ready to answer your questions and deliver patient-centered care to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
If an active duty or beneficiary spouse believes she is pregnant, obstetrical care can start without a PCM referral. Patients will need to obtain and complete a New OB Intake Packet
to initiate their care for the pregnancy. You have the option to either print one or pick one up in person from one of the four OB clinics.
New OB Intake Packet
Due to capacity, NMCP and the branch clinics are deferring dependent daughters for obstetric care at this time. Please contact your PCM for a deferral to the civilian network to prevent delays.
When submitting the packet, please note active duty members are assigned to the clinic closest to their duty station, while dependent spouses are assigned to the clinic nearest their home address.
Please ensure that packets are submitted to the correct clinic. Packets sent to an incorrect location will need to be re-routed by clinic staff which may create delays in your OB care.
Once the packet is received, a staff member from the clinic will contact you to set up your first in person appointment (based on your LMP) when you are 10-13 weeks pregnant or first available if you have past those dates.
Please note that the first appointment is booked between the 11th and 13th week of pregnancy. Concerns prior to your first appointment should be followed up with your PCM or the Emergency Room (if urgent).
By Appointment Only
The OB clinic is NOT a walk-in clinic. Appointments are required for all patients. Additionally, staff are not allowed to triage patients over the phone.
Please contact the Nurse Advice Line for non-urgent questions at 1-800-874-2273, or report to the Emergency Department for evaluation. As a general rule: If you are concerned, we are concerned - so get checked out!
Packets can be submitted IN PERSON or by specific routes listed below:
Portsmouth Naval Hospital: (includes AD from the Naval Shipyard & NW Annex)
Dam Neck Base: (includes AD from Dam Neck and NAS Oceana)
Norfolk Base - Sewell’s Point Clinic: (includes AD at Norfolk Base)
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the clinic during the week at 757-953-4300 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Clinic training takes place every Thursday and Friday mornings so phones are only open from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on those days.
Pregnancy: What to Expect
For an uncomplicated pregnancy, lasting the full 40 weeks, patients can expect approximately 9 visits. The first appointment (10-13 weeks gestation) is where you first meet with a provider to review past medical history, establish care for the current pregnancy, and review your baseline labs (should be completed at least 1 week before your initial appointment). Visits will then occur every 4-6 weeks until 36 weeks gestation. After 36 weeks, patients can expect to see a provider every 1-2 weeks until delivery.
- Anatomy Ultrasounds: scheduled in MFM or Radiology (between 18-22 weeks gestation)
- 3rd trimester labs and 1-hr testing for gestational diabetes (about 28 weeks gestation)
- At the 35-36 week appointment, a Group Beta Strep (GBS) swab will be collected.
All patients will also have a postpartum visit approximately 6 weeks from delivery. However, depending on the type of delivery, any pregnancy-related complications, mental health status, and/or other concerns from patients or providers, this appointment may occur sooner than 6 weeks.
At each of your appointments, we recommend bringing a list of topics you would like to discuss, or questions you may have, so providers can address them face-to-face.
OB Parking Spaces
The OB spaces in the garage are for patients with “Stork Parking” passes ONLY. These passes are not given to all pregnant patients. Eligible patients are determined by their provider and will receive a pass as deemed necessary. Due to the limited number of OB parking spots in the garage, patients without a pass are at risk of being towed if they are parked in theses spaces wrongfully.
General OB Clinic Information
All appointments should be made through the Hampton Roads Appointment Center 1-866-645-4584.
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Primarily serves active duty at NMCP, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and NW Annex
600 John Paul Jones Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23708
Phone: (757) 953-0392
Fax: (757) 953-4947
Hours: Monday through Friday 0720-1600
Location: Building 2, 4th Floor
Sewell's Point Clinic
1721 Admiral Taussig Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23511
Primarily serves active duty at Naval Station Norfolk
Phone: (757) 953-9037
Hours: Monday through Friday 0700-1530
Dam Neck Clinic
1885 Terrier Ave. Suite #100
Dam Neck Annex, Virginia 23461
Primarily serves active duty at Dam Neck, NAS Oceana, and NW Annex
Phone: (757) 953-9885
Fax: (757) 953-9887
Hours: Monday through Friday 0700-1530
• Maintain a healthy pregnancy
• Improve your overall fitness
• Reduce physical discomforts and stress during your pregnancy
• Prepare for the physical demands of labor and faster postpartum recovery
• Achieve a healthy postpartum body composition and weight
Patients interested in more information regarding their pregnancy, can request a FREE copy of the book, Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Goal Oriented Guide to Prenatal Care. Just ask for “The Purple Book” at any of our four OB clinics.