This clinic focuses on the needs of women during pregnancy. Women who know they are pregnant, are encouraged to start prenatal care within their first trimester. Early and consistent prenatal care is better for the health of the mother-to-be and for the infant.

The clinic provides all necessary check-ups, examinations and laboratory work, and offers education on a wide range of topics. In addition to specially trained nurses and support staff, the clinic has three physicians a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. The clinic provides team care and a provider is on-call and available 24 hours a day.

The clinic supports midwifery and provides medical intervention as necessary. Some patients choose to have home births or use midwives or other providers not affiliated with Open Door to assist at the birth. We still encourage pregnant women to get involved in our prenatal services as soon as possible to assure healthy outcomes regardless of the type of birth experience ultimately selected.

The providers at Northcountry Prenatal Services use the Trillium Birth Center of Mad River Community Hospital for deliveries.

This clinic does not provide general medical services; however, it coordinates such services with other Open Door Community Health Center sites. It also coordinates fast-track referrals to dental and behavioral health services as needed.

Hours & Contact

NorthCountry Prenatal Services

3800 Janes Road, Suite 101
Arcata, CA 95521

Phone: (707) 822-1385
Fax: (707) 825-8203

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm, closed for Lunch: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Community Prenatal & Postpartum Education

Childbirth Classes

Our Childbirth Education classes emphasize the basic anatomy and physiology of birth. Topics discussed in this series includes birth preparation, relaxation simulations, breathing techniques, comfort measures, breastfeeding education, newborn care, and car seat safety.

Please dress comfortably. Please bring a mat or blanket and pillow for your comfort.

Class Outline

  • Preparing for birth, Stages of labor
  • Comfort Measures/Relaxation
  • Stage 2 and 3 of childbirth, interventions in labor
  • C-Sections, Infants in the hospital
  • Car Seats/Infant Care
  • Breastfeeding/Postpartum Mother Care

Mad River Hospital
Minckler Room (MRCH),Thursdays 5:30 pm-7:30 pmCall Northcountry Prenatal Services (707) 822-1385 to reserve the class(es) and date(s) you would like to attend.

  • January 11-February 15
  • March 1-April 12
  • April 19-May 24
  • June 7-July 12
  • August 2-September 6
  • September 13-October 18
  • November 1-December 13

Eureka Community Health and Wellness Center

2nd Floor Conference Room

2200 Tydd Street

Eureka

Classes taught by Kate Maguire

Saturdays 10:30 am—12:30 pm

At Northcountry Prenatal Services, breastfeeding support and education is available for all Open Door Community Health patients. Appointments to see Kit Meyer, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), for one-on-one: prenatal or postpartum education, breastfeeding evaluations, and infant weight gain assessments or feeding concerns, can be made by contacting the clinic at: (707) 8221385.

Additional support and classes can be found in the community, such as: at the local WIC offices, St. Joseph’s and Mad River Hospitals, and Private IBCLCs. Information on these resources can be found on the Humboldt First Five website at: http://first5humboldt.org/

At Northcountry Prenatal Services, breastfeeding support and education is available for all Open Door Community Health patients. Appointments to see Kit Meyer, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), for one-on-one: prenatal or postpartum education, breastfeeding evaluations, and infant weight gain assessments or feeding concerns, can be made by contacting the clinic at: (707) 8221385.

Additional support and classes can be found in the community, such as: at the local WIC offices, St. Joseph’s and Mad River Hospitals, and Private IBCLCs. Information on these resources can be found on the Humboldt First Five website at: http://first5humboldt.org/

Parents’ Circle

With Kit Meyer

McKinleyville Family Resource Center

1450 Hiller Road—McKinleyville

Wednesdays 10:00 am—11:30 am

Mother2Mother

With Star Siegfried

317 Third Street—Eureka

Tuesdays 10:00 am—12:00 pm

(707) 496-2108

Prenatal Yoga—No Charge

With Kate Maguire General Hospital—Eureka Burre Room (top floor) Every Friday 1:00 pm—2:30 pm

Postpartum Yoga—No Charge

“Mommy & Me” General Hospital, Eureka Burre Room (top floor) Every Friday 12:00 pm—1:00 pm
The group uses the MotherWoman Perinatal Support Group model to create a safe, welcoming environment where women can share their reality and be supported in a non-judgmental environment.

Arcata

Northcountry Prenatal Services (Shaw Pavilion) in front of Mad River Hospital Thursdays 11:00 am—12:30 pm

You’ll learn techniques for handling a lifethreatening emergency—if a child is choking or isn’t moving or breathing because of a fall or a near drowning, for example. The techniques are different for babies than for older children and adults. This is a class to learn practical skills, not a certifying class.

This class is taught by Kate Maguire and is held at Northcountry Prenatal Services (NPS). Please sign up for the class at the front desk or call (707) 822-1385. Classes are on the following Thursdays from 5:00 pm—6:00 pm:

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • August 30
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • December 20

Can’t make a class?

For those unable to attend classes one-on-one sessions may be available. Appointments can be made at the front desk.

Please call NPS at (707) 822-1385 to register.

Alternative classes are offered throughout the community. You may find classes available for Bradley Method, Birthing from Within, and Hypnobirthing.

As information becomes available it is posted near the waiting area at Northcountry Prenatal.

Other Classes Offered by Mad River Community Hospital

  • Birth Center Tour, Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Car Seat Safety

Call MRCH for further information about any of these classes at (707) 826-8263

Staff

Gerald (Jerry) Alston, MD
Gerald (Jerry) Alston, MDDoctor of Medicine
Jerry Alston has been a family practitioner at NorthCountry Clinic since 1998. He completed Medical School in 1991 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and obtained his Family Practice Residency at the Providence Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. During his education, Dr. Alston cared for patients in Mexico and El Salvador. His interests include Guitar, Bicycling, Soccer, Hiking, and spending time with his family.
Theresa Chan, MD
Theresa Chan, MDDoctor of Medicine
More information coming soon.
Ellen Drury, CNM
Ellen Drury, CNMCertified Nurse Midwife
Ellen Drury has been a Nurse Midwife since 1974, when she completed her training at the University of Mississippi. She has delivered babies for the Open Door team since 1988.
Valerie Ebel, MD
Valerie Ebel, MDDoctor of Medicine
Valerie Ebel sees patients at both McKinleyville Community Health Center and NorthCountry Prenatal Services. Valerie has medical interests in nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness, and integrative medicine, alongside traditional Western approaches to medicine. She also enjoys women’s health, maternity care, and labor and delivery.
Molly Jacobs, FNP
Molly Jacobs, FNPFamily Nurse Practitioner
Molly Jacobs, FNP, joined Open Door Community Health Centers in the Summer of 2012. She is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University, where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner in April 2012.
Marissa Kummerling, MD MPH
Marissa Kummerling, MD MPHDoctor of Medicine, Master of Public Health
Marissa Kummerling, MD MPH earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami and her Doctorate of Medicine and Master of Public Health from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Kummerling was drawn to the natural beauty and outdoor activities available on the North Coast and is excited to provide full spectrum primary and obstetrical care to all people.
Tara Vu, MD
Tara Vu, MD
Tara Vu received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and completed her residency in Family Medicine with Enhanced Obstetrics at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she met her husband (the other Dr. Vu, a physician at North Country Clinic). She enjoys traveling, reading, sports and hiking around Humboldt County!