News Link: Natrona County Lags State in Care for Expecting Mothers

Executive Director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, Kelly Weidenbach, recently sat down with the Casper Star-Tribune to discuss Natrona County’s systems of care for Expecting Mothers.

From the article:

Kelly Weidenbach, the executive director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department, said that Casper was somewhat unique in that many providers — like OB-GYNs — here are in private practice and don’t work for the hospital. Those private practices may have their own policies — like that they won’t see women until their second trimester because of the high rate of miscarraiges.

She added that many women have trouble getting in to see an OB-GYN in their first trimester. In 2016, for instance, 74.4 percent of women here were able to see their doctor in the first three months, several points below the national average.

Of the 13 counties in Wyoming that provided infant mortality data, only three were worse than Natrona County’s rate of 5.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. The data is the average rate between 2012 and 2016. The state average during that time was 4.5.

Read the rest of the article on the Casper Star Tribune, here:

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