Expanding Midwifery Care to the Underserved
Nurse-midwives from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing have begun offering delivery services at General Hospital, Nashville’s city hospital which provides care primarily to underserved and underinsured populations, regardless of ability to pay. According to this piece, the nurse-midwives are splitting their practice to provide prenatal and women’s health care at the Vine Hill Community Clinic (which also focuses on affordable care for the underserved) in addition to their Vanderbilt offices. The practice expects to deliver about 300 babies at General over the next 12 months. This new arrangement will also help VUSN train more midwives by creating a new location for clinical rotations.
Kudos to the nurse-midwives for taking this step toward bringing low-intervention and progressive birth and prenatal care to the community.