First Steps Early Pregnancy Triage clinic facing funding uncertainty when grant money runs out

CFJC Today

A Kamloops-based prenatal clinic that recently opened in September is hoping to keep its doors open, but its future is uncertain. Joanna Norman is the head of midwifery at Royal Inland Hospital, and the clinic lead for First Steps Early Pregnancy Triage Clinic, and says the clinic has made an immediate impact to Kamloops prenatal care.“In the first 12 weeks that we’ve been open since September we’ve seen over 200 new pregnancies,” Norman told CFJC Today Tuesday. In her experience, Norman says a triage clinic is crucial to give early pregnancy care to people who don’t have a family doctor or nurse practitioner — which could be 800-900 people annually. Read more…

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