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September 15th, 2006, 08:49 AM
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Hi, I'm new to the forum so if I am asking in the wrong section, can someone move the topic to the correct place?

I'm doing a project for my class and my group thought about opening up a counseling service run by pharmacists for pregnant and nursing mothers. I am a 22 year old male so I really don't know much about pregnancy and what women have to go through (maybe I will when I get married and have children myself)...

So, our idea is for pharmacists to provide counseling services for mothers who are pregnant and nursing infants. I am here asking you mothers what kind of services you would pay for and how much you would pay for a 10 min, 15 min, 20 min, and 30 min sessions... I don't our service will be covered by any insurance company either because we'll probably have it in a "Babies R Us."

Our ideas so far is to have "brown bag"-ing where the mothers bring in all her medications (prescription, over the counter, herbals, nutritional supplements) and the pharmacists counsel her on all her medications to see if there are any dangers to using medications. Other ideas would be to provide lifestyle counseling to mothers such as smoking cessation, drug abuse, exercise, healthy eating and things of that nature. I know a lot of mothers go to their OB/GYN for this information. We were wondering if mothers would be interested in this kind of service where physician appointments aren't necessary, instead, they can go to the Babies R Us to receive this kind of information.

If any of you mothers have any ideas about this, please let me know by replying to this topic. Thank you.
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October 3rd, 2006, 08:40 AM
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I think this sounds like a great idea.

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October 3rd, 2006, 09:04 AM
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I may be a little more skeptical--sounds like a great idea, but I would probably call my OB first. Sorry
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October 3rd, 2006, 02:36 PM
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It sounds like a great idea.. but the things you talk about are already services that are provided by anyones local pharmacist now.. free of charge.. all they have to do is ask...

So I don't know about a huge trend for people going some place to pay someone to tell them about their drugs (especially since women of childbearing age typically don't require daily medications.. and if they did.. they should have already been instructed by their doctor and pharmacist..)

I think your best bet would be to market to companies like babiesrus.. the typical baby/family oriented stores about you and your partners coming into those establishments and advertise those services to draw crowds in... Then those companies would compensate you for your time. I honestly can't imagine people paying for that service.. that once again.. is already a free service available to the public.

Also... It's not really the in pharmacist niche to do nutritional counseling.. unless it's in the relm of what foods not to eat while taking these medications...

So for your class project.. that is my answer.... I wouldn't pay for it.
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