Waycross woman finds prenatal care worth staying close to home for

March 14, 2014

P_Johnson_WI14_02Carrie Johnson was exhausted. But she couldn’t figure out why.

Then her mother asked a question: Could you be pregnant? Johnson didn’t think so, but she took a home pregnancy test to be sure.

Her mother’s intuition was right.

“It was a big surprise,” says Johnson. “We’d just gotten married. I didn’t expect to be pregnant so soon.”

Johnson had been driving to Jacksonville for her annual gynecological exams. But she didn’t want to drive there for her obstetrical care.

“I didn’t want to be an hour and a half away from my doctor,” she says. “And I didn’t want to drive an hour and a half to deliver my baby.”

She decided to schedule an appointment at Mayo Clinic Health System.

“I’ve seen a lot of positive changes at the hospital since they became part of Mayo Clinic,” says Johnson, a paramedic. “I’m in the ER a lot for work, and they’d made a lot of improvements.”

Johnson scheduled an appointment with Nancy Miller, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist. At her first appointment, Johnson realized she’d made the right choice.

“I fell in love with Dr. Miller,” says Johnson. “She spent over an hour with me and talked to me like a real person. Right away I loved her personality. And the rest of her staff were great, too. They were friendly and remembered me when I’d come for appointments.”

Johnson had a “great” pregnancy, and continued to be part of an ambulance crew until just two weeks before she delivered.

Schedule your prenatal appointments early for a healthy baby — and mom

Nancy Miller, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist, says women should schedule their first prenatal appointment within two to six weeks of missing their menstrual period.

“Regular prenatal care increases the chance of a healthy baby and healthy mom,” she says.

As Carrie Johnson found out, Mayo Clinic Health System is a great place to receive prenatal care.

“We have three physicians and two nurse practitioners, all female, who provide excellent care,” says Dr. Miller. “And patients can get their ultrasounds and most lab work done under the same roof — it’s like one-stop shopping.”

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