ROCHESTER, Minn.- A new approach to prenatal care that doctors say is more convenient for expecting mothers.
KIMT News 3’s Jeremiah Wilcox spoke to doctors and a recent patient in the OB Nest program.
Eman Darby said she was stressed going to her appointments thinking about her friend. Darby said during one appointment, the nurse told her about theOB Nest program. the program is designed to provide prenatal care for low risk expectant mothers. the big plus for patients is that the number of in-office doctors visits is cut in half. The program gives you an at home ultra sound kit and a device to monitor your blood pressure.
“Checked my blood pressure every day and that really calmed my nerves”
Dr. Yvonne Butler Tobah is an Gynecologist at Mayo Clinic.
She said prenatal care normally consists of 12-14 visits and fewer visits often leads to less stress and anxiety.
“We find that patients have essentially a lower level of stress by participating in this perhaps some of that is the convenience factor.”
Dr. Tobah also said that women who start out as low risk and become high risk during the later terms in pregnancy will stop the program and continue with normal check ups.
For Darby she says being a part of the program made her pregnancy smoother.
“So blessed to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby”
The program has now expanded beyond Mayo's Rochester campus to hospitals in La Crosse and Eau Claire Wisconsin.