Young and Pregnant – Teresa’s Story


Thanks to the The Centering Pregnancy Program at Renown Health, Teresa Ibarra found the resources and support she needed to help calm her fears, and deliver her healthy baby boy.

Putting Her Plans on Hold for Baby

Getting pregnant at 17-years-old, Teresa Ibarra had to put her plans for a college soccer scholarship on hold to prepare for childbirth. Ibarra found support through a Renown Woman’s Health – Ryland program for women who are uninsured or on Medicaid.

The Centering Pregnancy Program Relieves Fears

The Centering Pregnancy program offers women a monthly two hour appointment in a group setting, instead of a one-on-one 15 minute appointment with clinical staff. “What made me decide to join the program was it included all first-time moms, which made me feel very comfortable attending because I knew I wouldn’t be alone with my questions and worries,” says Ibarra.

Providing Better Education to Younger Women

Physician Assistant, Tamsen Carson, says “It’s pretty amazing to see the growth among the patients, the knowledge that they are learning and the confidence that they get,” says Carson. We see a lot of younger moms between the ages of 17 to 23, and all of our patients are Medicaid patients or uninsured. The purpose of this program is to provide women with better education that they would not normally receive elsewhere.

“I think what surprised me the most was the delivery process itself,” says Ibarra. “I was really nervous about it, but they gave us a lot of information that would help us get through it.”

Center Pregnancy Coordinator, Madison Goins, sees so many positives for the mom, the baby and the community from the Centering Pregnancy program. “We see a lot higher number of vaginal deliveries rather than a C-section. We see lower rates of low birth weight, as well as lower rates of preterm deliveries,” says Goins.

Ibarra’s son was born without complications, and he’s doing really well and growing fast.


Centering Pregnancy Program

To find out more about the program, call 775-982-5640. Renown’s Centering Pregnancy program is among about 500 programs around the country, and is funded through a grant from the March of Dimes.

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