State Legislators Tour UAMS Women’s Health Center

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Nirvana Manning, MDdirector of women’s health services at UAMS Health, gave an overview of the center, which opened in 2020, and answered questions about care. Lawmakers asked about improving women’s access to care across the state, as well as ways to address the nursing shortage affecting UAMS and hospitals nationwide.

“We really wanted to create a one-stop-shop for women in our state and women in this area,” Manning said during the Oct. 19 visit. “Ensuring that women have access to care is extremely important. They are so often caretakers of their families and will do anything they can to take care of others, but often at the expense of themselves. And if they don’t take care of themselves, they don’t take care of anyone in their family.

Afterwards, center staff took lawmakers in small groups through the facility, which includes 46 exam rooms, eight ultrasound rooms and a dedicated patient education space.

For many legislators, it was the first time they had visited the center.

“I think we’re all very interested in improving Arkansas’ maternal mortality numbers,” said state Rep. Mary Bentley. “So we wanted to reach out and see what they were doing here.”

“It’s nice to have everything centralized here just for women,” said state Rep. Julie Mayberry.

Services include care for routine pregnancies and high-risk pregnancy care provided by the only maternal-fetal medicine specialists in central Arkansas. The center offers the only CenteringPregnancy program in central Arkansas, in which groups of women with similar due dates come together for additional prenatal care, education and support. Gynecology services include routine exams, labs, ultrasounds and a uterine fibroid clinic. Menopause treatment services are all-inclusive and tailored to the individual. Genetic and nutritional counseling, as well as behavioral health services and prenatal classes round out the care.

The Women’s Center is also home to the Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management Program, which provides coordinated, compassionate, evidence-based care for pregnancy and newborn cases complicated by birth defects or genetic conditions, and the UAMS Vulvar Clinic, where women with vulvar and vaginal disorders receive the latest treatments

The center is located at 6119 Midtown Ave., just off Interstate 630 and University Avenue near Target. Virtual visits are available according to patient preference. For in-person visits, COVID-19 precautions remain in place. Call the clinic at 501-526-1050 to schedule an appointment and find out the latest instructions for your visit. For more information, visit UAMS.Health/WomensCenter.

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