The infant mortality rate for infants born at poverty level is 13.5 per 1000 births compared to 8.3 per 1000 births for infants born to mothers with family incomes above poverty level. As a response to these astounding statistics, the Birthing Center at St.Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital provides a number of free classes to expectant parents and their families. The Birthing Center reaches out to any expectant mothers with limited family income. Courses included prenatal care, cesarean section births, Lamaze childbirth, and classes for grandparents and siblings. Personnel also assist expectant mothers to access the health care system, public assistance programs and other community resources. The prenatal class schedule is HERE.
The hospital offers free pregnancy testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Birthing Center. Free pregnancy testing also is available at these community settings:
The Medical Specialty Center at St.Vincent Mercy Hospital In Elwood Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pendleton Health Center 3041 US Highway 36, Pendleton Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. St.Vincent Physician Network practice in Middletown602 N. Fifth St., Middletown Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.