Orlando, Florida. — A healthcare organization partners with a midwife in central Florida to get results for uninsured and uninsured pregnant women, using an unexpected tool: a bus.
it’s called Midwife bus It is a one-stop-shop for expectant mothers to get the pre and post-natal care they need. It’s a maternity clinic on wheels with couches in the waiting room, exam room with exam chair, ultrasound machine, lab work capabilities and more. (Yes, it all fits on the bus.)
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Owner Brooke Schmoe is a licensed midwife with a vision of improving access to prenatal care for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
“Just breaking down barriers when no one is doing it for these people. It’s not good for the community because these kids may also not thrive because they haven’t been prepared with good preventative care and community resources and they are struggling,” Shammo said.
Shammo founded The Midwife Bus in 2018, leaving her maternity clinic to take midwifery on the road. I had a 40-foot blood transfusion officially retired and then applied for a scholarship Orlando Health To get the wheels rolling.
“One of the attractive things about Brooke’s care was that she wanted to provide prenatal care to the patient, rather than waiting for the patient to come into the clinics and the hospital,” said Susan Worthington, President, Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Children.
Thanks to a grant from Orlando Health and donations, Schmoe has converted the bus into a mobile maternity clinic. The Midwife Bus has been serving families in Osceola County since 2020, and is now expanding its services to Orange County, in the Holden Heights neighborhood.
The locations that the Midwife Bus goes to are determined by assessing the needs of the community. Schmoe has an ultrasound tech, a certified nurse midwife and an office manager as part of its staff, with consulting OBs. For uninsured patients, The Midwife charges income so no one is turned away.
Maxim Karman was in the middle of her pregnancy before she met Shemo in 2020, saying that other maternity clinics would not accept her insurance.
“Not having a midwife to check on the baby was very difficult for me and not really knowing what to do to make myself feel better. It was definitely a journey. Once I found Brooke and found the bus, the whole pregnancy turned around and it felt like a positive experience,” Kerman said. This hope is because when I realized how hard it was to get prenatal care, it was so frustrating. “
Bus midwife provided maternity care for Karman during the remainder of her pregnancy. Karman gave birth to her daughter, Zoua.
“She definitely goes above and beyond, for me. She’s a hero. I think she saves a lot of people and makes things a lot easier for them and you don’t find a lot of that in the world,” Kerman said.
Shammo said the care she provides is more than just medical care.
“What was a bigger part of it was just the social support. Having good-looking people out there and come here and open up about the things that cause them a great deal of stress and talk to them. I like to make sure they’re okay mentally, not just physically and being Emotionally.” “It’s a huge hole in our system and it’s unfair, but I can also see the other side as well because the liability is huge for people who can’t pay or who haven’t taken care of their entire load. It’s just a broken system. I’m not trying to overhaul the system but I’m just creating a life raft where I can make a difference in my circle of influence.”
The bus can be found parked every Monday at the Grand Avenue Neighborhood Center located at 800 Grand Street, Orlando, FL, 32805.
This is the fourth bus location and has been systematically chosen to give patients in the Parramore community with limited or no transportation resources a better chance of getting to and from the mobile clinic. With the addition of a new physician, Schmoe’s expanded midwife and bus services now cover two counties, providing critical care to women in many communities.
Click here To donate to the midwife bus.
The midwife bus receives all patients by appointment only. Patients can make an appointment by calling 321-354-6844 or visiting themidwifebus.org.
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