Prenatal & Infant Care Network

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Healthier Moms & Babies co-facilitate a quarterly webinar meeting for anyone in the community interested in providing quality prenatal and infant care services in northeast Indiana. The quarterly meetings focus on strengthening skills and knowledge of prenatal care providers by:

  • providing introductions to others engaged in this work in the community for easier referral and coordination of resources;
  • offering professional education on new trends, research and best practices in prenatal and infant health;
  • sharing updates on local programming and opportunities regarding prenatal & infant services.

Upcoming Prenatal & Infant Care Network Webinar
Addiction, Opioid Use Disorder, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | 10:00am

Identifying the Warning Signs of Addiction in Your Clients  – Dr. Sarah Turner

Dr. Sarah Turner will share how care providers can identify the warning signs of addiction in their pregnant clients to help assure they access appropriate care.

Dr. Turner practices full-scope family medicine, but her focus is on women’s health, obstetrics, and pediatric care. She has a special focus clinic for pregnant women with substance use disorder (the Monarch Clinic) – this is her passion and where she states her heart truly lies.  Dr. Turner’s advanced training allows her to provide services in high-risk and surgical obstetrics, substance abuse in pregnancy, high-risk neonatal care and women’s health.

She is married and has two delightful little boys who constantly keep her on her toes, and are challenging her parenting skills on a daily basis. In her spare, time she likes to sleep, because with work, teaching, and family, she doesn’t really have spare time! She is delighted to share her experiences on everything from pre-conception through the end of the postpartum period (and occasionally beyond!).

New App for Moms with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) – McMillen Health

McMillen Health will introduce their newly launched app “Healthy Tomorrow.”  In 2018, McMillen Health conducted a community needs assessment called In Her Words to find out how the organization could contribute to solving the opioid epidemic. Staff had honest and eye-opening conversations with women who have opioid use disorder (OUD) and who were pregnant or had recently had a baby.  They also talked to professionals serving women with OUD and babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

What they discovered: Accessible educational resources are critically needed and virtually non-existent.

Women overwhelmingly asked for educational content in video format (no more brochures to toss out!) that they could easily access from their phones. These findings were the inspiration needed to develop Healthy Tomorrow, a mobile app with educational videos geared towards pregnant, or recently pregnant, women. The Healthy Tomorrow app is a five-year project, with the first year of development focusing on women with OUD and their babies with NAS. Over the next four years, additional video content will be developed focusing on prenatal health, safe sleep, tobacco use during pregnancy, nutrition and breastfeeding.

During the webinar, McMillen representatives will share insights as to how this app might help care providers better assist their families struggling with OUD and NAS.

Upcoming Prenatal & Infant Care Network Webinar
Vaccination, Pregnant Women, & Children
Friday, December 10, 2021 | 10:00am

Two local physicians will share the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine. They will cover the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in both pregnant women, women of child bearing age, and children. The presentation will help care providers and those within the Prenatal & Infant Care Network more precisely discuss with their clients the opportunities and concerns associated with COViD-19 Vaccines. All of these physicians also serve on the Medical Advisory Board of Healthier Moms & Babies.

Eric Shoemaker, DO (Family Provider)

Dr. Eric Shoemaker is a family medicine doctor who received his medical degree from University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for two years with Parkview Health. He did his Family Medicine residency at Fort Wayne Medical Education Program.

Dr. Lucia Fouts (OB-GYN)

Dr. Lucia Fouts is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing her OB-GYN residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, she joined Women’s Health Advantage in 2003. She is the OB chair for Dupont Hospital, has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of OB-GYN at the Indiana University School of Medicine Fort Wayne campus, and is now a member of the Laborist Programs at Dupont and Lutheran Hospitals.

Additional Prenatal & Infant Care Resources

View videos and materials from previous luncheons:

Get email updates about luncheons, and other educational opportunities:

Safe Sleep

The Sleep Safely Campaign provides at-risk families both a safe place for babies to sleep, and education on how to put baby safely to sleep.

Community Health Resource Directories

Order directories of quality, local, free and low-cost prenatal and infant health resources:

View the online directory of quality, local, free and low-cost prenatal and infant health resources:

PIC Network Steering Committee:

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