JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Upon entering the Women’s Health Clinic waiting room at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and seeing expectant mothers and their spouses, it is easy to think of the clinic strictly as the pregnancy clinic. But the world of women’s health encompasses much more than pregnancy, and the staff strives to care for and guide patients through it all.
The self-referral clinic, providing routine obstetrical and gynecological care, is open to all active-duty personnel, retirees and their dependents.
“It seems many patients are not aware that they can come to us for any women’s health issue, pregnant or not pregnant, regardless of their age,” said Senior Airman Jessica Hubbard, a 59th Medical Operations Squadron medical technician.
As the clinic specializing in women’s health, Hubbard says patients often feel more comfortable and communicate more openly and freely. This enables the staff to provide the best care possible.
Services provided include basic gynecological exams, contraceptive counseling, annual well-woman exams, pregnancy tests and all things pregnancy related, of course.
“Most of our patients are at some stage of their pregnancy; our clinic essentially becomes their primary care. We see them all the way up until the point of delivery and then up to 8 weeks post-partum,” she said.
With pregnant patients in mind, the women’s health clinic works extensively with Family Advocacy to bring services and resources straight to the soon-to-be parents.
Parents receive information for breastfeeding classes, car seat 101, Mom Strong groups, Behavioral Health Optimization Program, new parent support program, and much more.
For patients like Senior Airman Amanda Manteufel, who is expecting her first child, the staff and resources have been immensely helpful.
“The clinic staff has been very supportive, knowledgeable and patient throughout my pregnancy. During appointments, they take the time to explain things and make sure I understand which has helped ease some of my worries. They’re just awesome,” she said.
For questions about services available at the Wilford Hall Women’s Health Clinic, call (210) 292-6104, Opt 2; or visit www.59mdw.af.mil or http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/MTF/Wilford-Hall/Clinics-Services.
To schedule an appointment with the Consult Appointment Management Office, call (210) 916-9900.