Clinic facilities

Local women’s clinic prepares for influx of pregnant women

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – A nonprofit women’s health clinic is concerned that Mississippi’s abortion ban will affect poor, uninsured and underinsured pregnant women.

“Mississippi is just saying we want to force women to have babies because we think it’s religiously wrong. I’m saying Mississippi needs to do a lot more if Mississippi really believes it’s pro-life. .

Sisters in Birth CEO Getty Israel did not hold back his frustration as he spoke about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

“You will just see more women and children falling through the cracks,” Israel said.

As the battle against abortion rages in the courts here in the state, Israel is focused on how to increase funding so its nonprofit can help provide clinical health services to more pregnant women in need.

Sisters in Birth is a women’s health clinic staffed by a certified nurse midwife. It uses an integrative and holistic approach to women’s health. It offers free pregnancy tests, doula support, childbirth education, and postpartum care.

“We see ourselves as intervening to prevent conditions that we know lead to poor health and birth outcomes, which is why Mississippi has the worst numbers every year. We want to make sure everyone who gets pregnant in Mississippi has what they need to be healthy and raise the baby.

Sisters in Birth is also raising funds to build a birth center in Hinds County. It will be the first of its kind in the state.

“We will serve women across the state. We will also build a guest house, and the guest house will allow women who come from the maternity desert who want to come here to get treatment, she will have a place to spend the night,” Israel said. “A birth center is concerned with a woman’s reproductive health.”

While her team continues to help as many women as possible, more resources and financial support are needed.

She also points out that with the overthrow of Roe v. Wade and Mississippi’s reluctance to expand Medicaid, the combination will contribute negatively to already high maternal and infant mortality rates, especially among black mothers.

“Republicans who have been fighting for a long time to make this happen haven’t considered the unintended consequences, or maybe they have. I think the unintended consequences will be now that you have all these women pregnant women, most of whom are eligible for Medicaid, but you won’t expand Medicaid, and you won’t expand Medicaid postpartum benefits for women. So what do you plan to do with all those pregnant women? go for services?”

For more information about the upcoming Sisters in Birth Birth Center and how you can help, visit https://www.sibirth.org/

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