A healthy pregnancy and prenatal care often go hand in hand. Blood tests, physical exams, ultrasounds and the importance of nutrition are all part of the prenatal doctor visits that help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
But not every mother-to-be in the northwest suburbs is receiving that important prenatal care. To meet that need, two Northwest Community Healthcare obstetricians/gynecologists are providing prenatal care and women’s health services through NCH’s new partnership with Creekside Health Center in Wheeling. Creekside provides affordably priced services for uninsured, publicly insured and underinsured residents.
Regina DeLeon Gomez, M.D., medical director of the OB/GYN hospitalist group at NCH, and Jeanine Maurice, M.D., vice chair of the OB/GYN department at NCH, are making sure expectant mothers in the community are receiving prenatal care – one mother and baby at a time.
Since January, Dr. Gomez and Dr. Maurice have provided prenatal care for nearly 50 patients, including seven who have given birth at NCH. They anticipate those numbers will continue increasing.
“There are people in the area who need this help because they have arrived at our Labor and Delivery department with no prenatal care,” says Dr. Gomez, an Arlington Heights resident. “Prenatal care is important because pregnancy is the time when you discover underlying diseases and can take steps to optimize the outcome for mom and baby.”
Expectant mothers seen by Dr. Gomez and Dr. Maurice, a Glenview resident, will learn about the importance of proper nutrition and prenatal vitamins. The doctors also check for undiagnosed medical conditions, measure blood pressure and heart rate, and perform a complete physical exam.
“We want to care for the underserved of our community at a time when it is most critical,” Dr. Gomez says. “We have an opportunity to take care of the patient and the infant before it leads to a trip to the Emergency Department.”
In addition to prenatal care, patients come to Creekside for problems they are experiencing in pregnancies, as well as questions about nutrition and early warning signs. The doctors order ultrasounds and discuss any concerns throughout the pregnancy.
“We are providing holistic care,” Dr. Gomez says. “As hospitalists at NCH, we are responsible for any pregnant patient who does not have a doctor. We wanted to offer some opportunity for continuity of care. There is a need.”
The doctors also offer postpartum care for patients who deliver at NCH, including providing breastfeeding instructions and preparing for the transition of going home with a new baby.
Creekside Health Center, 300 McHenry Road, Wheeling, is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Dr. Gomez and Dr. Maurice see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Same-day appointments are available by calling 847-608-1344.
- Regina Gomez
- Jeanine Maurice