Teens Learning and Caring (TLC)
The TLC program is for pregnant teens 14 to 18 years. We implemented TLC at Miami Valley Hospital in July 2000 in an effort to provide excellent care to a very special group of pregnant women. The program was fashioned after a Centering Pregnancy Model developed by a midwife. TLC combines regular prenatal visits with an opportunity to meet other teens with similar due dates to talk about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Individualized prenatal care and childbirth education are combined at each visit in a group format that appeals to teens and their special needs. The group sessions are interactive and include the patient and her support person, the nurse and the nurse midwife. Light, healthy snacks are served at each visit. Small incentive gifts made possible through the MVH Foundation are given to the teen mothers at each visit.
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