Access to maternal health services has been a persistent problem in Prince William County, especially for women who are uninsured, underinsured or Medicaid eligible. While there has been a significant reduction in the percentage of women presenting to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center without prenatal care [see what we’re learning] in recent years, there is still much work to do. Community partners, like Manassas Midwifery, are providing much needed care for women and children in this area.
Manassas Midwifery began with a husband and wife team in 2009 to address the need for affordable prenatal and delivery care. The service opened with one medical assistant and one midwife. Currently, Manassas Midwifery employs one medical assistant, one administrative support person, one nurse and three midwives at two locations. The Dumfries Midwifery and Pediatric Care Center opened November 2012 as a result of a generous grant from Potomac Health Foundation. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm. Services are offered by appointment of on a “walk-in” basis and clients are charged according to a sliding scale based on income and ability to pay. Individual and group services are provided at the Center; such as pap smears, gynecological services, and innovative pediatric care. Group services are offered according to a woman’s due date; for example a group would be classified as “the December Due Date Group.”
The midwifery group uses an innovative model of care delivery known nationally as Centering. Their website: http://www.dumfriesmidwives.org/default.html describes Centering as:
“…a model of group healthcare, which incorporates three major components: assessment, education, and support. Group participants meet with their care provider and other group participants according to a regular schedule for a much longer period of time (usually 90-120 minutes) than a usual check-up visit.”s:
Manassas Midwifery is a partner of Centering Health Care Institute and is one of 12 certified sites in the United States providing group based medical services. Medical care is delivered by highly qualified staff including licensed registered nurses and supported by graduate level training. The practice is based on the belief that when the health of a woman is improved, the health of families and the entire community is improved.