Early prenatal visits are critical for the health of both infant and mother. Prior to our free prenatal clinic opening, many Archuleta County women would delay seeing a physician due to transportation or financial reasons. At that time, the nearest OB/GYN provider was in Durango – 60 miles away. We sought to address this issue directly by providing a free prenatal clinic on Wednesdays from 9:00AM to 5:00pm.
During the prenatal visits, Dr. Carole Nasralla MD or Fran Schreiber, PA educate mothers on important health issues, such as their diet and nutrition, exercise, immunizations, weight gain, and lifestyle choices. Our compassionate staff also monitors women for health-compromising conditions, informs clients about injury and illness prevention, and helps them prepare for the new emotional challenges of caring for an infant. Both medical providers have extensive experience in offering OB/prenatal care for more than 10 years.
We do not offer delivery services here at THRIVE. Depending on the chosen delivery provider, patients either transfer at 28 weeks or 36 weeks to one of the Durango delivery providers.
According to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mothers who receive late (defined as beginning in the third trimester of pregnancy) or no prenatal care are more likely to have babies with health problems. In fact, mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to give birth to a low-weight baby, and their baby is five times more likely to die.