Primary care at PCC includes attention to women’s health needs. This includes preventive care, regular screenings, maternal-child health care, access to birth control, and perimenopause/menopause counseling. Services are provided for patients by family medicine physicians, certified nurse-midwives, advanced practice nurses, and OB/GYNs.
Well Woman Care includes:
- Pap tests for cervical cancer screening
- Breast exams
- Sexually transmitted disease screening
- Family planning and birth control
In order to provide a wide variety of birthing options to patients and to provide a full spectrum of care, PCC employs certified nurse-midwives to care for low-risk patients while family medicine physicians and obstetrician/gynecologists are available for low, medium, and high-risk patients. As a collaborative system, patients who risk out of midwifery care are referred internally to a PCC physician, and therefore, never leave our care.
PCC’s pregnant patients receive prenatal and postpartum care at one of nine health centers. They deliver with certified nurse-midwives at the Birth Center at PCC or West Suburban Medical Center. Physicians deliver at Norwegian American Hospital, Westlake Hospital, and West Suburban Medical Center, depending on the health center where they provide prenatal care. PCC’s providers offer patients natural birth options, vaginal deliveries with the assistance of pain medication, and Cesarean sections.
PCC’s maternal-child health support programs ensure pregnant women and new mothers and their infants receive necessary complementary care. This is accomplished by offering family-centered outreach services, case management, and free childbirth education classes. PCC offers referrals that link pregnant mothers, new mothers, and their infants with appropriate social services such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) or New Moms, Inc.
Patients who present with high-risk are referred to peer counselors, case managers, or maternal child health nurses. They offer an array of services including breastfeeding support, individual health education, home visits, and phone follow-up.