Irwin Army Community Hospital has a comprehensive labor and delivery department. IACH offers many choices for prenatal care and care during and after childbirth.
TRICARE MATERNITY CARE
Patients' choices for receiving care before, during and after childbirth:
Pregnant patients have many choices for receiving care before, during and after childbirth. These services and their associated costs are related to the patient's beneficiary status, how close they live to a military treatment facility that provides OB/GYN services and their choice of Tricare programs and providers.
Clinic: The clinic provides routine and high-risk pregnancy care and also gynecologic care, including surgical gynecology and abnormal pap-smear management. Eight physicians, four certified nurse midwives and three nurse practitioners are qualified to care for patients.
Women's health center-labor and delivery: This is a full-service center with labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum rooms, newborn care, high risk care and surgical capability. Siblings are welcome in the Family friendly environment as long as they are supervised by an accompanying adult. Family visiting hours are not restricted.
Childbirth education: These classes are a series of three, two-hour sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on the third floor of the hospital. Also available in June is a one-time, four-hour condensed childbirth education class. To schedule a session, call 785-239-7255. Unfortunately for planning purposes, walk-ins are not allowed.
Breastfeeding class: From 1 to 3 p.m. every third Friday on the third floor of the hospital. No registration is required. Walk-ins are welcome. To contact the lactation consultant, call 785-239-8403.
GETTING MATERNITY CARE
Tricare Prime beneficiaries: For patients who have a MTF primary care manager or their PCM is within 40 miles of the MTF, they will receive maternity care at the MTF. If their PCM is outside the catchment area, their provider will place a referral to the MTF to determine availability of OB services.
Patients who are pregnant can independently initiate care by calling the OB/GYN appointment line at 785-239-DOCS and follow prompts to OB clinic. A hospital pregnancy test is not necessary unless the patient is a Soldier. An initial appointment – typically between eight to 10 weeks – will be scheduled with a nurse to initiate patient care and review health history.
The next appointment will be with an OB provider – typically between 10 to 12 weeks. This appointment will include a more thorough review of the patient's health history, and the patient will receive a comprehensive physical exam. If the patient is planning to bring any children with them to this appointment, who are less than 13 years of age, an additional Family member or friend is required to accompany the patient to ensure the safety of the children.
A consult for routine care to Junction City or Manhattan is not possible while under Tricare Prime. With few exceptions, IACH OB/GYN provides the same level of care as surrounding services in the area. If patients desire to receive their care other than at IACH, they have the option to change their insurance to Tricare Standard. The Tricare Service Center can discuss this option with the patient and answer any other questions about Tricare services. The center is on the fifth floor of the hospital. If at any time during the pregnancy, the patient's health status changes, and they need specialty care not provided at IACH, the OB clinic will make these arrangements and the outside care received will be covered under the Tricare Prime umbrella.
If you're in the hospital and you hear Brahms's Lullaby over the loudspeaker, it is in celebration of a baby being born in the Labor and Delivery department.