Garrison Women’s Health (Garrison), one of the Seacoast’s top providers in women’s health, is pleased to announce its Essential Eight Program, an alternative, flexible approach to pregnancy care.
In a continuing effort to provide care that fits with its patients’ daily lives, Garrison created the Essential Eight Program to give prenatal patients the option of fewer, more focused in-office visits throughout their pregnancies. This model of care caters to the needs of mothers-to-be who may require a more flexible approach—those who have busy lives and schedules, travel long distances to make each appointment, or have been through a pregnancy before.
“Empowering women to take charge of their pregnancies is something everyone at Garrison is very passionate about,” said Janet Perkins, M.D. “We recognize that being a woman means having a full plate and some expectant mothers may not benefit from all 14 prenatal visits in a short 9-month period. We are thrilled to be able to offer this safe and effective option to our patients.”
Participating patients will meet with a Garrison provider once in the first trimester, twice in the second, and five times in the third. Visits will focus on milestones and all crucial tests and results, while delivering the same excellent quality of care that Garrison provides to all of its patients.
The Essential Eight Program is designed for low-risk mothers-to-be—women who do not have diabetes, hypertension, or any major medical conditions. This model of care is completely optional—even if a patient qualifies, they can still opt to go the traditional route. “Every pregnancy is different but making each pregnancy a healthy one is of the utmost importance,” said Perkins. The providers at Garrison are happy to walk through both options to see which is the best fit.
In a further expansion of its offerings to prenatal patients, Garrison recently opened its Nurture Nook, a shared space for any prenatal patient to drop in Monday through Friday (no appointment required) to spend time on her own connecting with her baby, listening to his/her heart rate, taking belly measurements, and monitoring her own blood pressure.
For more information about the Essential Eight Program or the Nurture Nook, please visit www.gwhc.com/babies.