A New Group Prenatal Care Program in the Area

♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ WELL, WE KNOW THAT PREGNANCY COMES WITH A LOT OF QUESTIONS, YOU WANT TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT TO GIVE YOUR BABY THE BEST POSSIBLE BEGINNING, WELL, WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS MORNING THE MARCH OF DIMES IS PARTNERING WITH STATE OF FRANKLIN HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATES IN JOHNSON CITY TO LAUNCH A GROUP PRENATAL PROGRAM, CALLED SUPPORTIVE PREGNANCY CARE

HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS PARTNERSHIP AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR EXPECTANT MOMS ARE DOCTOR GROVER MAY, OB/GYN AND VANESSA GRATING, A NURSE MIDWIFE THANK YOU FOR HAVING US A VERY INTERESTING PROGRAM, VERY EXCITING, LET'S START WITH A LITTLE BIT OF AN INTRODUCTION, I KNOW DOCTOR MAY, YOU'VE BEEN WITH STATE OF FRANKLIN HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATES FOR A FEW YEARS NOW I HAVE, I JOINED THE PRACTICE IN 1996 1996

DELIVERED A LOT OF BABIES OVER THE YEARS A LOT OF BABY TS AND VANESSA I'M A CERTIFIED NURSE MIDWIFE, I'VE BEEN WITH THE PRACTICE SINCE JANUARY, I ORIGINALLY LIVED IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WHERE I STARTED THERE AND WAS ALSO PART OF THE GROUP PRENATAL CARE PROGRAM THERE AS WELL SO YOU'VE SORT OF SEEN THIS PROGRAM IN ACTION, TOO, AND I UNDERSTAND A FEW DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE SORT OF COME TOGETHER TO BRING THIS TO OUR AREA

YES YES, THE MARCH OF DIMES SPONSORED THIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE UNITED HEALTH GROUP AND TOGETHER, WE'RE HOPING TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE GIVE PRENATAL CARE IN A WAY THAT HELPS OUR MOTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY SO IT'S CALLED SUPPORTIVE PREGNANCY CARE TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THIS WORKS, THEN? SO WHAT IT IS IT'S BASICALLY WOMAN WHO ARE DOING THE SAME BIRTH MONTH, COME TOGETHER, EVERY FOUR WEEKS RESPECTIVELY IN THE BEGINNING, FOR THE FIRST AND SECOND TRIMESTER, AND THEN IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER, THEY START TO MEET EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND THEY GET TOGETHER WITH THEIR PARTNERS THEY BRING THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHERS OR THEIR SUPPORTIVE PERSON WITH THEM

AND THEY'RE ABLE TO COLLECTIVELY GET INFORMATION ABOUT GROUP PRENATAL CARE IN A GROUP SETTING SO THEY'RE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON WITHIN THEIR PREGNANCY I CAN SEE, JUST FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE VERY BUSY, PEOPLE THAT HAVE WORK SCHEDULES, THE GROUP SETTING REALLY CAN CUT DOWN ON A LOT OF THING ASKS SAVE A LOT OF TIME, CORRECT? ABSOLUTELY, WE THINK IT WILL REDUCE THEIR WAIT TIMES, WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT THEY'LL GET A LOT MORE BENEFIT FROM THE TIME THAT THEY SPEND, YOU KNOW, WITH TRADITIONAL CARE, YOU SEE INDIVIDUAL ONE-TIME, ONE DOCTOR, AND EVERYBODY ASKS THE SAME QUESTIONS BUT WITH SUPPORTIVE CARE, THESE SESSIONS ARE FACILITATED BY OUR MID WIVES, OUR NURSE PRACTITIONERS, WE SPEND MORE TIME IN THE SESSIONS IN A DIRECT FACE TO FACE MEETING WITH THE GROUP AND BUILD A SENSE OF COMMUNITY, ANSWERING ALL OF THE QUESTIONS MORE FULLY, AND THEREBY SUPPORTING THE MOTHERS AS THEY GO ON TO GIVE BIRTH I MEAN, IT SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL WAY, I WOULD IMAGINE A LOT OF PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, GOING THROUGH AND BEING PREGNANT, YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT QUESTIONS AND ALL OF THESE THINGS YOU'RE LEARNING ABOUT AND TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH WORK WITH THEM, I WOULD BET THAT'S VERY BENEFICIAL ABSOLUTELY, AT THE ARE ABLE TO CREATE A COMMUNITY BETWEEN EACH OTHER

THEY'RE ABLE TO LATCH ON TO EACH OTHER, TO CREATE FRIENDSHIPS, I'VE EVEN HAD GROUPS THAT HAVE MET BACK A YEAR LATER FOR ALL OF THEIR INFANTS BIRTHDAY PARTIES IT'S JUST VERY — REWARDING VERY REWARDING, THEY GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER VERY WELL AND YOU'VE BEEN DOING THIS AND DELIVERING BABIES FOR A LONG TIME, TO SEE THIS PROGRAM AND TO HAVE THESE IDEAS COME TOGETHER, WHAT'S BEEN YOUR TAKE ON IT, IT HAS TO BE VERY EXCITING? VERY EXCITING, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF INNOVATIONS IN THIS TYPE OF CARE IN A LONG TIME

AND ONE THING THAT MARCH OF DIMES RESEARCH HAS SHOWN IS THAT A GROUP SETTING CAN REDUCE PRETERM BIRTH BY AS MUCH AS 30% AND SO, WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF REDUCING SPONTANEOUS PRETERM BIRTH IN OUR REGION ABOUT ONE IN TEN BABIES ARE BORN THAT WAY AND THAT'S A HIGH COST TO SOCIETY ABOUT $52,000 PER EVERY PRETERM BIRTH

AND SO THAT'S ONE OF THE EXCITING THINGS THAT WE SEE AND YOU KNOW, THE OTHER THING IS BUILDING THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTING THESE LADIES AS THEY GO THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIMES, IT'S ALSO SOME OF THE BEST TIMES OF THEIR LIFE AND THEY BUILD A FAMILY, IT STRENGTHENS OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE RIGHT HERE IN JOHNSON CITY AND WE'RE XOITED TO SEE THAT — EXCITED TO SEE THAT HAPPEN AND DIFFERENT THAN OBVIOUSLY THE TRADITIONAL CARE, IN SOME WAYS, I CAN SEE WHERE THIS WOULD BE SO MUCH MORE BENEFICIAL IT IS VERY BENEFICIAL JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE ABLE TO CROW YAT THAT COMMUNITY

WE TELL OUR — CREATE THAT COMMUNITY WE TELL OUR PATIENTS, IT STARTS ON TIME, IT ENDS ON TIME THEY GET STUCK IN THE OFFICE AND WAITING FOR AN HOUR FOR US TO SEE US FOR A 15-MINUTE APPOINTMENT THEY HAVE A PATIENT BEHIND THEM AND THEY FELL LIKE THEY'RE PRESSED FOR TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, THIS PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS IN A GROUP SETTING AND HIT 15 OR 10 SO IT'S A GREAT COMMUNITY

A LOT OF TIMES I KNOW WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH THOSE VISITS, I ALWAYS FELT BAD I WAS ASKING TOO MANY QUESTIONS, AND TAKING UP VALUABLE TIME, AND HOLDING THEM BACK FROM ANOTHER APPOINTMENT, WHICH WAS MAYBE SCHEDULED 30 MINUTES DOWN THE ROAD AND AMY, WE WERE FEELING LIKE THAT, WE WERE NOT GIVING YOU THE TIME YOU NEEDED YES AND SO THAT GOES BOTH WAYS, AND THIS ALLOWS BETTER SATISFACTION FOR THE PATIENTS, AND THE PROVIDERS, AND STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT BOTH PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS PREFER THIS MODEL WHEN THEY'VE BEEN EXPOSED TO BOTH WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THIS, LEARNING MORE, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING

A WEBSITE AND PHONE NUMBER, IT IS BEING OFFERED THROUGH STATE OF FRANKLIN HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATES, RIGHT HERE IN JOHNSON CITY

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