Expanding Healthcare Opportunities
Regional One Health is also expanding healthcare opportunities for expectant mothers in the region with its Midwife Program. Not only does the Regional One Health Midwife Program provide a full spectrum of women’s healthcare, it also plays a role in performing risk assessments for expectant mothers to identify high-risk pregnancies.
“We specialize in normal pregnancies, so we know when something’s not right,” says Staci Thomas, a Certified Nurse Midwife. “If a pregnancy does become high-risk, we know that some of the best high-risk obstetricians in the country work right here at Regional One Health, so we can make sure mothers are seen quickly.”
Often, midwives at Regional One Health will collaborate with the high-risk obstetricians and the NICU team to co-manage the delivery for their patients. However, even when the mother is too high risk to be comanaged, those mothers can still come back to the midwives for postpartum care.
“Moms come back for two appointments after their babies are born, so we can check on how they’re adjusting and how they’re feeling,” Staci says. “At our doctors’ offices and primary care offices, these new mothers can see the pediatricians, family care doctors and their midwives — so when their baby has its two-week appointment with a pediatrician, the mother can also see someone who can help her with breastfeeding support, postpartum depression or contraception and family planning.”
“When a new mother has a relationship with a midwife at Regional One Health,” Staci adds, “we can provide the continuity of care essential for the health of new mothers and help their babies reach their first birthdays.”
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