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00:00:01
>> There's things that I do here that I don't get paid for. I clip nails, I clip baby nails all the time. I didn't go to medical school to clip baby nails but it's the thing that they need here. They come in, their babies nails are long. They're like doctor, I'm scared to cut and I clip them.
00:00:17
So just from that small thing, I have changed somebody's life. My name is Doctor Nicole Arthur. I am a family practice doctor who also does obstetrics in Bay Minette, Alabama. I started here August 1st of last year, so I've almost reached my year mark. Now if you tell a patient, hey, come see me, but you've gotta driven an hour both ways, they may decide I don't want to do that today so I'm just not gonna go.
00:00:57
And every time they're not getting seen, that's a delay in their care and what's happening with their baby, what's happening with them, you don't know because they're not in your office. Where I trained in Anderson, South Carolina I was introduced to a concept called centering pregnancy and that really is group prenatal care.
00:01:19
And it's a way of delivering care to patients not in an individualized manner but in a group setting. So the women of the same gestational age are put together and they spend their entire pregnancy together.>> Does she hold him all the time?>> She did.>>
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ed to quit doing that.
00:01:34
>> So instead of coming to office for five minutes each and waiting in the waiting room for two hours to see me for five seconds for to leave, they get to spend two hours with me. And they're getting all this education when it happens.>> What questions do y'all got?
00:01:50
>> I've had several groups now that have come through and delivered babies, and they've become friends, and I haven't had to force that or try to put that together. I'm actually surprised when they're like, I talked to her on Facebook. Everybody's baby on Facebook, see? And you actually know them, so that's good.
00:02:09
That part I like. That really is part of the reward of centering. My patients see me educate them, but the rest is up to them. They're doing all of it.