The Berrier family in a group shot. Stephanie Berrier (right) participated in Northside Women's Specialists' pilot prenatal telehealth program while pregnant with her second child, who was born May 2022. (Northside Women's Specialists)
Northside Women's Specialists, an Atlanta-based OB-GYN practice, is piloting an online maternal health care program that could make care more accessible for patients in and outside the metro area.
Rural health care services are desperately needed in Georgia, and patients have driven from as far north as Cartersville and as far south as Valdosta, said Dr. Jill Purdie, the medical director at Northside Women’s Specialists.
Now, they can schedule online appointments for part of their pregnancy.
- "At the beginning of pregnancy, you do have to be seen in person just because we're not really able to monitor the baby remotely," Purdie said. "So, at that point, patients typically come for in-person visits for their eight-week, 12-week, 16-week visit — and then they have the option to do virtual visits starting around the 20th week in pregnancy."
Stephanie Berrier participated in the pilot while pregnant with her second child, who was born in May. Some of the things Berrier liked most about Northside's virtual service included a better ability to balance work and prenatal visits.