The health of a baby begins far before birth. Prenatal care is vitally important to for mother and baby. To help get families off to a healthy start, Mercy Clinic Linn County offers a Maternal and Infant (M & I) Clinic for expectant moms regardless of whether or not they have insurance coverage.
The clinic is staffed by advanced nurse practitioner Rhonda Kellstadt with oversight by Dr. Katrina Burke, Mercy Clinic family medicine physician with obstetrics. The care team also includes a licensed social worker and licensed dietitian. The low-cost, high-quality services include checkups, education, ultrasound and lab work. In addition, the providers offer one checkup for Mom six weeks after delivery.
Families will also receive assistance enrolling in other social service programs through the clinic.
As an expectant mother years ago, Jody Brillhart, clinic manager at Mercy Clinic Linn County explains how the service benefited her.
“I was a full-time college student completing my social work practicum and working part time. I was working hard, but I didn’t have insurance or even qualify for state assistance or Medicaid. The program helped me get the prenatal care I needed.”
“The Mercy providers took time with me,” she adds. “I liked the care so much that after I had my baby I continued getting care with Mercy Clinic and delivered my second baby as well with the practice as well.”
The Maternal and Infant Clinic is held on Fridays. For an appointment or to learn more about the service call the Mercy Clinic Linn County at 913-352-8397.