Nurse-midwives bring prenatal care to New Orleans women by bus

According to the Times-Picayune, a New Orleans news source, pregnant women in the area are getting their prenatal care in a new and unique way. Through a partnership between Interim LSU Public Hospital and the March of Dimes, a mobile health center dubbed Mom & Baby is able to bring important services to moms-to-be in Mid-City, the Bayou District and the Upper 9th Ward neighborhoods.

The Mom & Baby initiative was launched on July 26. Officials announced that the healthcare equipped vehicle will offer screenings, prenatal and postpartum care, gynecological exams and immunizations to women and children under the age of 2 years old. The mobile center will visit all three districts each week, staying in each neighborhood for a period of two days.

The news source reports that the Mom & Baby center will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, a nurse-midwife and a clinical nurse specialist. All three of these professions require a Master of Science in Nursing degree and can provide individualized treatment for moms-to-be and their children.

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