Our mission is to provide community-centered prenatal care and health education to medically indigent pregnant women in the tricounty area.
Comprehensive, accessible and affordable prenatal care and health education are the best ways to improve pregnancy outcomes. They are also the foundation of a healthy pregnancy, a safe birth, a nurturing family and a viable community.
Our goal is to reduce illness and death associated with the prenatal (pregnancy) and perinatal (around the time of birth) periods. Specifically, the clinic aims to reduce the number of low birth-weight infants and the rate of newborn mortality.
Services Provided (Free of Cost)
Complete Comprehensive Prenatal Care by a Board Certified OB/GYN Physician
Dr. Reshma Khan
Dr. Reshma Khan is the founder and Executive Director of Shifa Free clinic. With the passion to serve and a burning desire to have medical services available for under served and uninsured at the same level as those who have insurance, she dedicated all of her efforts on a volunteer basis to research, start up and develop a free clinic. This is her life’s dream in action: providing the top most care to the most needed communities.
Carrier & Genetic Screenings
We offer Non Invasive prenatal genetic screening through the patient assistance program with Myriad Gentics. Patients are able to obtain no cost cell free DNA testing for the most common chromosomal anomalies.
Screening for birth defects begins by assessing your risk factors. Early in your pregnancy, your health care professional may give you a list of questions to find out whether you have risk factors, such as a personal or family history of birth defects, belonging to certain ethnic groups, maternal age of 35 years or older, or having preexisting diabetes.
Carrier screenings can show if you or your partner carry a gene for a certain disorder, such as cystic fibrosis. Carrier screenings can be done both before or during pregnancy.Often this is recommended if you or your partner have a genetic disorder, have a child with a genetic disorder, have a family history of a genetic disorder, or belong to an ethnic group that has an increased risk of specific disorders. Also, cystic fibrosis carrier screening is offered to all women of reproductive age because it is one of the most common inherited disorders
View Full List of Prenatal Labs
The following lab tests are done early in pregnancy, and we thank LabCorp for their in-kind donations.
* Blood Type
* D(Rh) Type
* MCV -Initial
* PLT- Initial
* VDRL- Initial
* Urine Culture/Screen
* HIV Counseling/Testing
* Chlamydia- Initial
* Gonnorrhea -Initial
* Ultrasound -Initial
* HCT 24-28 Weeks
* HGB 24-28 Weeks
* MCV 24-28 Weeks
* PLT 24-28 Weeks
* Diabetes Screening
* GTT (If screen is abnormal)
The Non-Stress Test
The non-stress test is a third trimester check of your baby’s well-being. A nonstress test (NST) measures fetal heart rate and response to movement in the third trimester ,ensuring your baby is doing well and receiving sufficient oxygen.
The Biophysical Profile Test
A Biophysical profile (BPP) test is used to measure the health of your baby during pregnancy. A BPP test may include a non stress test with an electronic fetal heart monitor and a fetal ultrasound. The BPP measures your baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby.
We provide in house no cost ultrasounds to our patients including first trimester dating and second trimester full anatomy scans.
Teri M. Halajcsik
Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Teri M. Halajcsik is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. While originally born in California, she has resided in South Carolina for many years and loves being able to call Summerville, SC home. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Medical University of South Carolina and has 25 years of experience in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
High Risk Pregnancy
Dr. William Rayburn
William Rayburn, MD, MBA is a distinguished professor, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, and emeritus chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, he continues to care for patients with complicated pregnancies. Dr. Rayburn is the recipient of several teaching awards and has been continuously funded for his research. His more than 700 peer-reviewed journal articles and abstracts presented at national scientific meetings deal with high risk pregnancy topics, physician workforce issues, and evaluative education trials. Dr. Rayburn’s current or recent national leadership positions include being Chairman of the Board, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); President, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME); and Senior Consultant of Continuing Medical Education for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The two most recent of his 19 professional reference books are Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care: Better Education, Better Patient Care (2018) and The Obstetrician-Gynecologists Workforce in the United States: Facts, Figures, and Implications, 2nd ed. (2017).
“In my more than 40 years as a physician and educator of health care trainees, the Shifa Clinic impresses me most for its resourcefulness. Kindness shown to the underserved is a welcome touch of caring. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed. Your success is an inspiration to all providers who volunteer.”
Roper St. Francis Healthcare Partnership
Roper St. Francis Healthcare has partnered with Shifa Clinic to provide the best care.
They have a myriad of ways to educate and assist pregnant women and new mothers.
Roper St. Francis Healthcare Baby App
To help expecting parents prepare, Roper St. Francis Healthcare has an easy to use app called My RSFH Baby. A free download (available on iOS and Android), the My RSFH Baby app includes the following features, and more:
- Pregnancy tracker to follow baby’s week-by-week growth and development
- Online registration for our expectant family classes and hospital tours
- Education and resources for every stage of your pregnancy through postpartum care
- A hospital packing list, kick counter, contraction timer and other useful tools to help you track and plan
- Information about our locations and tips for what to expect during your hospital stay
How do I become a patient?
Please fill out our ADULT INTAKE FORM and attach all necessary paperwork. Once your completed application is received, we will contact you with an appointment date and time.
Where will I deliver?
All patients are encouraged to fill out an Emergency Medicaid application. Once approved, you can choose the hospital you would prefer for delivery. We highly recommend Roper St. Francis Healthcare. You can take a virtual tour of their facility in this video.
Will the same physician that's seeing me for prenatal care also deliver?
What happens after hours and in emergencies?
You will be referred to the OB-Emergency Department located here at Bon Secours Saint Francis. You will enter through the same women’s entrance and will be directed accordingly. The OBED is open 24/7 and staffed by our laborists! You will be provided number to call after hours on your prenatal card.