Mercy Health Opens Prenatal Clinic to Help Uninsured and Underinsured Women Receive Vital Prenatal Care

(CINCINNATI; April 14, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Mercy Health – West Hospital has opened a prenatal clinic. Like Mercy Health’s prenatal clinics in Anderson Township and Fairfield, this clinic helps uninsured and underinsured women receive vital prenatal care and is just one more community benefit available from Mercy Health.

“Healthy pregnancies lead to healthy births and regular, prenatal care is one way to ensure the health of the mother and her baby,” said Michael Stephens, Mercy Health West Market Leader and President. “Sometimes, regular medical care is out of an expectant mom’s reach and we’re here to ensure she and her baby get the care they need to make the best start in life.”

The prenatal clinic at West Hospital provides comprehensive maternity care to uninsured and underinsured patients on the West Side. The clinic sees women from the start of their pregnancy through to their follow-up visit after delivery. The clinic’s dedicated and experienced staff also connect women with social service and financial resources and help them find medical insurance programs that work for them.

“We want to ensure moms and their babies are healthy,” said Deborah Knapp BSN, RN, Labor and Delivery RN and Mercy Health – West Hospital Prenatal Clinic RN. “We help our patients get their prenatal vitamins and find a pediatrician, if they don’t already have one. We take them through all they are likely to experience from the time they find out about their pregnancy to the first year of the baby's life and offer them prenatal lab work, ultrasounds, diabetes, medication and nutrition education and quit smoking help right in our clinic. We can also help them with affordable birthing classes, breast pumps and baby’s first vaccines.”

The Mercy Health – West Hospital Prenatal Clinic opened on January 8, 2014 and expects to deliver its first baby in May.

Currently, the clinic is open Wednesday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and has plans to expand its hours.

New patients can call 513-215-9122 to make an appointment or ask questions. The Prenatal Clinic team will return calls within 24 hours.

Mercy Health also offers prenatal clinics at Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals.