I know, I know–two posts in one day! *rolling eyes* But we are SO, SO excited about this provision of the Lord! My heart can’t get any fuller right now without bursting!!
It hit me last weekend–we never picked out a clinic or pediatrician for Verity! They’re going to ask us for this information at the hospital!
Weeks ago, we’d heard about two possibilities and I had them jotted down to look into “later.” Well, that “later” was today. I called one place, a regular medical center about 40-45 minutes from our home, and sat on hold for about five minutes until I finally gave up.
The only information I had about the other option was the name of an area doctor who is world-renowned for his research into rare genetic disorders, especially among the Plain people in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where we live. (You can google his name, Dr. Holmes Morton, and be amazed as I was.)
The friend who told us about Dr. Morton was unsure whether he would accept Verity as a patient, since we are not Amish or Mennonite, and Down syndrome is the most common genetic disorder.
The nurse who answered told me that they do not limit their new patients to Amish or Mennonites, but–get this–they do not work with any medical insurance, so it is all self-pay!!!
It gets better! This clinic is called The Clinic for Special Children, and they have several doctors on staff. Their fee is $100 for the first visit and $50 for every subsequent visit! They have a pediatric cardiologist come once a month to do any echocardiograms that are needed, and the cost for those is $150! These are specialists‘ fees?!
Furthermore, they would accept Verity as a patient with no previous consult needed! She took our information (including Verity’s full name!), and said she would alert the doctors that we would be calling them after the birth, and to go ahead and list their clinic as Verity’s pediatrician. We could call on them for an in-hospital consult if we thought that was needed. If not, we would just wait and schedule Verity’s required one-week-old check-up with them.
And this clinic is less than fifteen minutes from our home!!!
Thank You, LORD!!!