Balancing Motherhood Clinic opens at TCRHCC
The Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC) is pleased to announce the creation of a special clinic for pregnant women facing the challenges of drug and alcohol abuse. Based on a model developed at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, The Balancing Motherhood Clinic will provide pregnant women who are abusing drugs or who have abused drugs in the past with a safe, supportive environment to promote healthy drug free pregnancies.
Dr. Kathleen Harner, an obstetrician gynecologist who has been practicing at TCRHCC for the past three years, recently completed her master's degree in public health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Harner wrote her thesis on creating a clinic in Tuba City for the benefit of Native American women facing the challenges of substance abuse.
She will be joined in the clinic by Catherine Foster, a psychiatric nurse practioner with a special interest in substance abuse.
Drug use, particularly methamphetamine abuse is a growing problem in our nation and on the reservation.
Pregnant women who use drugs pose a special problem to society and the health care system, as a mother's drug use affects both her own body and her fetus. Pregnancy is also a time of great motivation for healthy lifestyles for women and intervention at this time can be especially successful.
It is hoped that providing extra support for women at this special time will create healthier families and communities.
For more information about Balancing Motherhood contact the TCRHCC's Women's Clinic at (928) 283-2460 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the Labor and Delivery Unit at (928) 283-2630 at any other time.