Bringing Increased Recognition To Health in Pregnancy

Expectant families have many decisions to make along their birth journey. To help alleviate any stress, TPMG Obstetrics & Gynecology‘s midwives ascribe to the BIRTHCare group model, a comprehensive approach to improving healthcare and addressing some of the major challenges and inequities within the current healthcare system. With this model, we will work alongside you to provide the support and understanding to help you make decisions that best fit your needs. We strive to equip, empower, and encourage expecting mothers through 10  (2 hour) guided group sessions. BIRTHCare focuses on trimester-specific topics, including what to expect at labor and delivery to postpartum self-care. We even set time aside to listen to your baby, measure your belly, and answer any private questions you may have.

Sessions are instructed by TPMG’s midwives, Carly Tyler, MSN, CNM; Adrienne Jones, MSN, APRN, CNM; Susan Coxson, MSN, ARNP, CNM; Bethszaida “Betsy” L. England, MSN, CNM, RNC-OB, C-EFM; and Stefanie Schwarz, DNP, CNM, RNC-MNN, CLC, C-EFM; and abide by the following schedule for topics:

  1. Introduction to BIRTHCare
  2. Myth Busters
  3. NIPT vs Quad
  4. Weight gain in pregnancy and other topics
  1. Guest speaker: Physical Therapist or Chiropractor
  2. Birthing balls
  3. Common discomforts in pregnancy
  4. Low back pain in pregnancy
  5. Belly bands
  6. Depression in pregnancy
  1. Breast feeding education
  2. Preterm labor
  3. Mental relaxation
  1. Domestic violence review
  2. Antepartum/postpartum depression/anxiety
  3. Fetal kick counts
  4. Tdap education
  1. Stages of labor
  2. Pain management and coping interventions
  3. Insomnia in pregnancy
  1. What to bring to the hospital
  2. What is a birth plan?
  3. Contraception after birth
  1. Guest speaker: Pediatrician
  2. Newborn topics
  3. Purple period of crying
  1. Expectations for labor and delivery
  2. Discuss birth plans
  3. Spinning babies
  4. Postpartum guide
  1. Induction of labor
  2. Natural methods to bring on labor
  3. Essential oils
  4. Comforts in labor
  1. Stars: THE BABIES!
  2. Diastasis recti

Our approach is founded on six key principles:

1. Community Building

Our unique model promotes community-building by bringing patients together in a group setting. By coming together in a group, we provide individuals with a strong support system, which helps combat isolation, especially for patients facing health challenges. With this model, we hope to build a sense of community among expectant mothers and their families, which can improve mental and emotional well-being, contributing to successful birthing outcomes and improved physical health.

2. Patient Empowerment

Empowering patients with the knowledge and skills to manage their health is a critical component of the TPMG BIRTHCare group model. Through education and peer support, patients become active participants in their healthcare decisions. We find that empowered patients often experience better health outcomes and find a sense of control over their health.

3. Connecting Vulnerable Populations with Resources

Many vulnerable populations face barriers to accessing healthcare and social services. By serving as a partner, we can connect these individuals to essential resources they need throughout the pregnancy and post-partum journey. The BIRTHCare model can help address disparities in healthcare access and improve patient outcomes.

4. Reducing the Risk of Preterm Birth

Our model reduces the risk of preterm birth by providing comprehensive prenatal care, monitoring, and education in a supportive group environment. With this approach, we can identify and address risk factors early on in pregnancy and intervene when appropriate.

5. Addressing Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

At TPMG, we’re working to address the racial disparities that affect all aspects of patient health care. Maternal mortality rates, particularly among Black women, are a critical issue. According to the CDC, Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than Caucasian women. These disparities are often a result of factors like implicit bias, structural racism, underlying chronic conditions, and lack of access to quality health care. Our TPMG BIRTHCare group model plays a crucial role in addressing these disparities by ensuring all pregnant individuals, regardless of their race or ethnicity, have equal access to high-quality prenatal care, education, and support.

6. Improving Early Childhood Outcomes

Early childhood development is closely linked to maternal health and well-being. Our comprehensive care and support to expectant mothers, including addressing maternal health and social determinants of health, can indirectly contribute to improving early childhood outcomes.

The TPMG BIRTHCare model is a patient-centered, holistic approach to healthcare that addresses not only medical demands but also our patients’ social needs. Using the TPMG BIRTHCare group model, we’re moving the healthcare system towards greater equity, improved health outcomes, and stronger community support networks. With every patient we help, we’re taking one more step into the future of inclusive and effective healthcare in the United States.

To learn more about TPMG Obstetrics & Gynecology and our TPMG BIRTHCare model, schedule a consultation today.

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Newport News, VA 23606

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