Care for Her Celebrates 10 Years of Service and Sets Record for Baby Deliveries
Mendocino Community Health Clinic’s Care for Her Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year by completing renovations on its facilities and welcoming its 2500th baby delivery. In May 2012, Care for Her providers delivered a total of 44 babies, an all-time record for deliveries in a single month.
Care for Her offers a midwifery-based practice. In Mendocino County, many women see midwives to help them have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth experience, and for their ongoing health care. However, not all midwives are equally trained. Certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) like those at Care for Her combine the best of two worlds: advanced clinical training with a caring, holistic approach.
According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, a CNM’s area of responsibility includes primary care, gynecologic and family planning services, preconception care, care during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, care of the normal newborn during the first 28 days of life, and treatment of male partners for sexually transmitted infections.
CNMs work closely with physicians to assure that patients with complicated or unusual conditions receive appropriate care. Care for Her employs midwives and physicians to care for women of all ages and stages. They provide well-woman care, full-scope gynecology, birth control, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal care, menopausal care, and more.
“When patients see a midwife at Care for Her, they have a whole team behind them: physicians, childbirth educators, nutrition experts, nurses, counselors, and friendly office staff. We all care about each patient. We’re like a big family,” said Care for Her Manager Jill Damian.
“As a patient-centered health center, we focus on what’s best for the patient – physically and emotionally. Making sure our patients are involved in the decision-making process is really important. We want to be sure we understand our patients’ needs, and that we communicate so patients know what’s happening with their care,” said Vivian White, CNM.
Care for Her has offices in Ukiah and Willits. Babies are delivered at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, which offers private “LDRP” rooms. LDRP stands for Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Post-Partum. This means patients do not have to move from room to room through their birthing experience.
“Medicine is changing, and I think we’re ahead of the curve at Care for Her. Traditionally, physicians have made decisions without much input from patients or other non-physicians. Now, we work together with the patient and a team of professionals who bring excellent perspectives. Ultimately, the patient wins,” said Care for Her Medical Director, Karen Crabtree, M.D.
Doctors and Midwives at Care for Her enjoy their work and working together.