A new prenatal care option for high-risk moms-to-be

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Pregnancy is an exciting period for the expectant mother, and one which requires lifestyle changes and a heightened focus on well-being. 

Obstetric practices in the U.S. typically require at least 12 in-person pre- and post-natal office visits for the mom-to-be to have adequate preparation for a safe delivery and what comes after. In cases when a complication occurs, the care team may consult a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician, also known as a high-risk obstetrician.   

Unfortunately, not all expectant mothers have easy access to prenatal care, due to location, economics or transportation. For these women, telehealth may help bridge the gap.

Telehealth (or telemedicine) is a method of receiving medical care using common communication technology to deliver advanced medical, educational and research information to patients and practitioners. 

For expecting mothers, telehealth offers virtual care that is both convenient and cost-efficient. Most importantly, it ensures high-quality care without jeopardizing the health of the fetus and the mom. 

Telehealth is especially advantageous to high-risk women in rural areas, where access to treatment is sometimes difficult or absent. It allows child-bearing patients in these remote areas to receive care from medical professionals located in distant cities. 

These consultations may be performed much closer to a patient’s home, as SIU Maternal-Fetal Medicine has eight telehealth offices strategically located throughout central and southern Illinois.

For expecting moms — and everyone

In addition to prenatal and postpartum care, SIU Medicine offers a variety of virtual care options, including dermatology, psychiatry, hypertension monitoring and more. Using telemedicine, you can work with an SIU Medicine provider and discuss developments from the comfort of your home or office. To request a virtual visit, call 217-545-8000 or 800-342-5748, or request one online.

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