EAU CLAIRE, WI. — Expectant mothers in northwest Wisconsin now have a convenient option for prenatal care that will help reduce the number of trips to the doctor’s office. OB Nest, a new prenatal care model developed at Mayo Clinic combines traditional prenatal care office visits with Connected Care visits and in-home monitoring. Connected Care visits involve communicating with an experienced obstetrics nurse via phone call or Patient Online Services secure messaging. Patients are provided with a blood pressure cuff and fetal doppler to monitor baby’s heart beat and mom’s blood pressure throughout the pregnancy.
During Connected Care visits, patients provide routine information to the OB Nest nurse, including mom’s current weight, blood pressure reading, any medication or allergy changes and baby’s heart rate. The nurse reviews the patient’s plan of care and provides education on pregnancy-related topics, including nutrition, exercise and postpartum healing. Conversations are tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs and concerns.
“We are excited to offer this new, convenient option for our patients,” says Jennifer Bantz, M.D., chair of OB-GYN at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “OB Nest allows women to take a more active role in their prenatal care and save some travel time.”
The OB Nest Program is intended for women with low-risk pregnancies. Patients may join the program at their first provider visit if they qualify.
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