Northern Health says expectant mothers in Terrace will be able to access consistent care throughout their pregnancy with the development of a prenatal clinic in the city.
The clinic will feature five physicians, two obstetricians, and three family doctors providing 24-hour maternity care in collaboration with labour and delivery services at Mills Memorial Hospital.
The health authority says the clinic model, based at the Park Avenue Medical Centre, will take the pressure off a family doctor to provide prenatal care throughout to a group model which ensures coverage.
“The prenatal clinic is a model that physicians in Terrace are very excited about implementing as it has proven to be an effective method of delivering care,” says Dr. Geoff Appleton, northwest medical director. “We want to make this an inviting and great experience for mothers and their families, and the collaboration will help ensure that is the case.”
Northern Health says Mills Memorial Hospital recorded 353 births in 2014, up from 306 in 2011.
It says the prenatal clinic is the first step in the development of a Women’s Wellness Centre being developed in Terrace.