Prenatal Clinic at Mercy Health - West Hospital Growing to Help Our Youngest Community Members to Be Well

(CINCINNATI; March 4, 2015) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the prenatal clinic at Mercy Health – West Hospital has registered over 120 patients and delivered 56 babies since opening on January 8, 2014. The clinic is now growing its program to meet increased demand.

“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 clinic is expanding its hours and will offer office visits from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays by June 1. It will continue to have office visits from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays. The clinic nurse is available to provide nurse visits on other days by appointment.

At the start of the year, the clinic began providing Patient and Family Centered Care, which includes the patient and her family in the patient’s care and education. The clinic offers prenatal education over the course of three classes in group visits either at the clinic or location convenient for patients. Once patients complete all three classes, they will receive a gift for the baby. The clinic intends to offer group physician visits, as well, allowing members of a group of five to eight pregnant women to learn from each other during group visits with their doctor and form a support network among themselves.

“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. If a mom can’t come to see us, we’ll come to her to ensure she receives the education she needs so she and baby can have the best start in their new life together.”

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 - Cincinnati.

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 connect women with social service and financial resources and help them find medical insurance programs that work for them.

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