Prenatal care decreases risks during pregnancy and increases the chance of a safe and healthy delivery for the mother and child. Regular prenatal visits help to monitor the pregnancy and to identify any problems or complications before they become serious.
The Nurse Hodge Project was established in honor of Nurse Ruth Lanns-Hodge who dedicated her life to serving God and helping others. Nurse Hodge, a retired Public Health Nurse was also a mid-wife and delivered many babies before retiring as the Superintendent of Public Health Nurses in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in 1995.
The goal of the project is to achieve optimal health for both mother and child. The Nurse Hodge Project provides support to expecting mother and newborns through a point-based reward system which encourages pregnant mothers to attend prenatal clinic. The expecting mother earns points for attending clinics and is able to spend those points for practical items such as baby clothing, pampers, toys and much more.
The project operates under the supervision and management of the Senior Public Health Nurse at the Old Road Health Center on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.