Addressing the Needs of the Community
For years pregnant women on Lāna’i have been forced to travel off island to receive proper care for themselves and their unborn child. As many women are not able to leave the island for various reasons, an unhealthy environment is created for themselves as well as their unborn child.
Now there is no need to travel off island every month! Lāna’i Community Health Center provides OB/GYN services including pregnancy tests, OB physical exams, blood tests to ensure mother and baby’s health, Doppler fetal ultrasounds to listen to baby’s heart beats, non-stress tests for high risk moms, breastfeeding guidance, and smoking cessation counseling to prevent birth defects and infant mortality. This program is partially funded by the March of Dimes.
Prenatal care helps keep you and your baby healthy.
Prenatal care is medical care you get when you are pregnant. This care can be provided by different types of health providers, like an obstetrician, a family practice doctor, a certified nurse-midwife, a family nurse practitioner or a women’s health nurse practitioner.
At each prenatal visit, your provider checks on you and your growing baby. Your provider checks your weight, vital signs and urine. You can find out how far along you are in your pregnancy and your estimated due date. Use your prenatal checkups as a time to ask your provider all your questions about pregnancy and your baby.