Advanced Technology

We have the technology that allows us to provide you with non-evasive strategies for care.

OB/Gynecological Care Solutions

Our clinic has a full array of services for every woman’s healthcare needs.

24/7 Availability

Our providers and midwives are on call for your emergency care needs.


What foods should I avoid while I am pregnant?
What can I do for morning sickness?
My doctor told me I had Group B Strep (GBS). What does that mean?
How long can I keep working?
I don’t feel my baby moving as much as usual. Should I worry?
When should I call my provider?

 Why Us?

Mission Statement

We at Southern Maryland Women’s Healthcare, P.A., look forward to not only meeting, but exceeding your obstetric and gynecologic needs. We work closely with several sub-specialists in the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis areas to provide optimum care. We have special interests in pediatric, adolescent and geriatric gynecology, postmenopausal care, urogynecology, infertility, and minimally invasive surgery.

Great Locations

With two locations, you can bet that you will be seen promptly when you need care most.

Friendly Staff

Our staff is caring and committed to providing the best treatment with a smile.


Partnering with St. Mary’s Hospital Birthing Center.

Where you can have the “comforts of home”.

July’s Tip from Dr. Polko

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Group Beta Strep during Pregnancy

Group Beta Strep also known as GBS is a bacteria that is commonly found in healthy women of all races and ethnicities. About 1 in 4 women in the United States carries these bacteria. Bering a carrier of GBS does not mean you have an infection, it means you carry the bacteria in your body. You will not be sick nor have any symptoms related to the GBS. GBS is not harmful to you… only to your baby during childbirth or soon after being born. You will be tested at 35-36wks pregnant for the GBS bacteria. The test includes a vaginal and rectal swab that should not be painful. If you are a carrier of the GBS bacteria you will be given antibiotics through your IV during labor to lower the chances of infecting your baby. If you test positive for GBS during one pregnancy, it does not automatically make you positive for subsequent pregnancies. You will need to be tested each and every pregnancy for GBS.

Other people in your house including other children are not at risk of getting sick from GBS. If you wish to breast feed your child, GBS does not cause any complications with breastfeeding.

Important things to know if you are positive for GBS…

-Go to the hospital when you are in labor, the antibiotics work best if you get them at least 4 hours before you deliver.

-Tell the labor and delivery staff that you are positive for GBS. It will be in your chart, but it never hurts to speak up.

-Speak up if you are allergic to penicillin, you may need a different type of antibiotic.

-Expect to get IV antibiotics every 4 hours throughout your labor.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to GBS, please feel free to talk with your provider about it at one of your visits.


Every part of my pregnancy, labor, and delivery experience here was good! I would recommend this practice/midwives to anyone.

Our Clinic’s Cesarean Rates:

The national average is 33%

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