Wesley Medical Center’s maternity navigator program offers support for expectant moms

(KWCH) Having a baby can be exciting and scary all at the same time. Wesley Medical Center hopes its maternity nurse navigator program will help calm those fears.

It’s been about a year since the hospital kicked off its obstetric navigation services for patients. Wesley says it’s the only hospital in the region to offer the program.

Navigation services are free and available to any woman seven days a week.

“Whether you need help scheduling a doctor’s visit or just need someone to talk to, we want to offer that support and make the journey to motherhood as smooth as possible,” said maternity nurse navigator Morgan Tracy.

Wesley says the goal of the program is to make the complicated more understandable and the overwhelming more manageable.

Maternity nurse navigators can take moms on an in-depth tour of the hospital, discuss what hospital amenities are important to them, and help create birth plans, discuss any risk or health factors that could affect their delivery, help them prepare for multiples, and more.

Women dealing with high-risk pregnancies work with perinatal nurse navigator Jolinda Kelley. That could include multiples, women with high blood pressure or preeclampsia, expectant moms of advanced maternal age, or pregnancies involving the fetal diagnosis of a problem.

Kelley said her main goal is to empower women to self-advocate.

“High-risk moms need to know that they’re not overreacting,” said Kelley.

Both Kelley and Tracy say they’re there to support women in any way they can.

“You’re not alone in your diagnosis,” said Tracy. “And it’s not your fault.”

Click here for more information about Wesley’s birth care or maternity navigation services.