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PRENATAL CARE NW COMMUNITY MEETING

When:
October 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2021-10-28T19:00:00-05:00
2021-10-28T20:30:00-05:00
Where:
PRENATAL CARE NW COMMUNITY MEETING
901 N Hayden St
Amarillo, TX 79107
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Claudia Stravato League of Woman Voters

MEDIA RELEASE – NW Amarillo Community Meeting on Prenatal Care

This is an important meeting and we hope you can promote it widely.

PRENATAL CARE NW COMMUNITY MEETING

The Amarillo League of Women Voters will conduct a Prenatal Care NW Community Meeting this Thursday, October 28th, at 7 pm at the Amarillo United Citizen’s Forum Bldg. located at 901 N. Hayden, just off Amarillo Blvd. and Hughes.  The meeting is part of a two year-long study by the Amarillo League about maternal morbidity and mortality in Amarillo.

Guest speaker for the event is Dr. Teresa Baker, Chair and Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Resident Program Director at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.  She will discuss why prenatal care is so important for a safe delivery and what prenatal care encompasses.

“Too many women are coming to our local hospitals for delivery of their babies without ever having any prenatal care, which jeopardizes both the life of the mother and the infant, Sonya Letson, President of the Amarillo LWV said.  “This is especially true of low-income women and women of color,” she added.  “This meeting will provide community members with the information they need to encourage and assist pregnant women and girls to seek prenatal care,” Letson said.

“Many pregnant low-income women do not know where to turn to access funding to cover their prenatal care, Claudia Stravato, LWV study chair said.  “We have found it to be an intimidating and complex process, which may affect the number of women seeking prenatal care,” Stravato added.  “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 for the uninsured, Regence Health Network, Women’s and Children’s Clinic through Northwest Texas Healthcare System, and Texas Tech Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  All three institutions require that the pregnant woman obtain insurance coverage through the Pregnancy Medicaid or CHIP Perinatal programs,” Stravato added.  “And, the Nurse Family Partnership, through the Coalition of Health Services, will shepherd low-income, first-time mothers through the pregnancy process so they will have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.”

The public is encouraged to attend, especially groups that assist low-income citizens.  Co-chairs of the event are Delores Thompson (433-4490) and Claudia Stravato (626-2452).

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Contact:  Sonya Letson, 236-0971 or Claudia Stravato, 626-2452

Claudia