The League of Amarillo Voters will be hosting a NW Prenatal Care Community Meeting on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Amarillo United Citizens Forum building, located at 901 N. Hayden, just off Amarillo Boulevard and Hughes Boulevard.
According to a press release, the meeting is part of a two-year study conducted by the Amarillo League into maternal morbidity and mortality in Amarillo.
The guest speaker for the event is Dr. Teresa Baker, Chair and Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Resident Program at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. She will explain why antenatal care is so important for a safe delivery and what antenatal care encompasses.
“Too many women come to our local hospitals to deliver their babies without ever having had antenatal care, which puts the lives of both mother and infant at risk,” said Sonya Letson, President of Amarillo LWV , in the press release. “This is especially true for low-income women and women of color,” she added.
“This meeting will provide community members with the information they need to encourage and help pregnant women and girls seek antenatal care,” Letson said.
“Many low-income pregnant women don’t know where to turn for funding to cover their prenatal care,” said Claudia Stravato, chair of the LWV study. “We have found this to be an intimidating and complex process, which can affect the number of women seeking antenatal care,” added Stravato. “This meeting will also discuss how to access coverage through Pregnancy Medicaid, CHIP Perinatal and Amarillo’s District Clinic.”
“There are three institutions that provide prenatal medical care to uninsured people, the Regence Health Network, the Women’s and Children’s Clinic through the Northwest Texas Healthcare System, and the Texas Tech Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. All three institutions require the pregnant woman to obtain insurance coverage through the Pregnancy Medicaid or CHIP Perinatal programs, ”added Stravato.“ And, the Nurse Family Partnership, through the Coalition of Health Services, will support low-income and first-time mothers throughout the pregnancy process so that they have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. “
The public is encouraged to attend, especially groups that help low-income citizens. The co-chairs of the event are Delores Thompson (433-4490) and Claudia Stravato (626-2452).