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Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers Have Become Primary Care Providers Along the Gulf Coast
Date:8/23/2009

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four years after the hurricanes of 2005, four March of Dimes Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers(R) serve as the primary health care providers for thousands of pregnant women, teenagers and children living along the Gulf Coast.

Launched as an emergency response to the devastation inflicted upon New Orleans and the region's hospitals and health care facilities, these mobile prenatal health centers have taken the place of regular health care provider for these areas. Although all of the hospitals in Jefferson Parish have reopened, four out of nine still remain closed in Orleans Parish and none have reopened in St. Bernard Parish.

The four March of Dimes Mom & Baby Mobile Health Centers(R) have provided more than 7,800 patient visits since they began operating in 2007. The centers travel throughout New Orleans, its surrounding suburbs of St. Bernard Parish and the Lower 9th Ward, Lake Charles, Louisiana and Biloxi, Mississippi, and make regular stops at community centers, churches, schools and even Kmarts in Biloxi, MS.

"These four March of Dimes mobile health centers are now part of the fabric of these communities," said Dr. Scott Berns, senior vice president of chapter programs for the March of Dimes. "They provide essential primary preventive care for mothers and babies, giving them quality preconception, prenatal and well-baby medical care."

Some of the services provided by the mobile health centers include ultrasounds, prenatal visits, pregnancy testing, preconception coun
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