Two Pink Lines: I Have Tricare Prime in the National Capitol Region, Now What?
When you are in the DC area, medical care is completely different than what you are used to at other bases. Many other duty stations have one option for care — the OB clinic. There are many clinics and providers here in the National Capitol Region that you can utilize. This is a short rundown of your options if you have Tricare Prime and plan to deliver at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital.
Family Medicine OB Providers- If you’re already assigned to a PCM in Family Medicine and that doctor services L&D, most of the time, you will continue to see this provider for prenatal care for the entire pregnancy. This is great because you will grow a relationship with your provider and usually, the same provider is the delivering physician for you as well.
Women’s Health- Women’s Health clinic is located behind the stairwell/elevators and past the pharmacy in the center of Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. In this clinic there are many competent and compassionate providers. You can see both OBGYNs and Midwives. If you are considered high risk or have anything but a normal pregnancy, usually you will be seen in this clinic.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling– In DC Proper, it is nice that there are options for those families who reside on JBAB. If receiving care at this clinic, the patient must transfer prenatal care to the Women’s Health Clinic at FBCH at 36 weeks gestation until delivery.
Joint Base Andrews- Again, anytime you are in the DC area, shorter commutes are ideal when you have reoccurring visits. Staying at the clinic closest to you is often the easiest option unless you want to check out an eatery on the way home or the way to your appointment along Richmond Highway!
Dumfries Health Center– Close to Woodbridge, this clinic is a great option for those expectant parents that live off post or reside on Quantico Marine Corps Base. With all of the same superior care, this option will keep the commute more reasonable especially towards the end of the pregnancy when the visits are more frequent.
Centering Pregnancy Care- In addition to your standard maternity care, you can join a group of 8-12 other expectant mothers with similar gestational ages that meet together for education and a support group of others going through the same stage of pregnancy and motherhood. This is a great option to meet friends especially if you do not plan to take an extended Child Birth Education class.
Walter Reed National Medical Center- I feel like Walter Reed should be mentioned even if you don’t plan to deliver there. If Fort Belvoir Labor & Delivery deck is full, you may be diverted to Walter Reed. Also, in rare cases, prenatal care may need to be provided at Walter Reed. Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists for high risk patients and/or patients that may need a higher level of NICU care than the FBCH NICU will deliver at Walter Reed. Walter Reed has a Level III (highest) NICU, and Fort Belvoir has level II. During low traffic times, the 31 mile trip takes about 45 minutes. During rush hour, well let’s just hope you don’t have to travel to Walter Reed during rush hour!
Ultrasound – Like providers, there are many options for Ultrasound/Radiology clinics in the DMV Area. The various locations that you can have an ultrasound performed (no matter where your provider is) includes: Fort Belvoir Community Center, Bethesda, Joint Base Andrews, Dumfries Clinic.
Stars and Stripes Doulas are proudly welcomed at these facilities and by these providers and we look forward to sharing more about our personal and professional experience at FBCH during your free consultation.
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Written by: Melanie Binversie, Owner & Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Washington DC