Prenatal (Pregnancy) Care
We offer prenatal care (care for pregnant women) at all of our health centers. We work closely with the hospital that you chose for your delivery. We also help you sign up for Medicaid for Prenatal Care (Medicaid for pregnant women) if you need it.
Think you might be pregnant?
We have free pregnancy testing and options counseling. Our staff can help you explore your pregnancy options and connect you to services like prenatal care, referrals for abortion services or referrals to adoption services.
Our Prenatal Care program includes:
1st trimester (month 1 – month 3)
You will come in for an appointment every 4 weeks.
- We will help you sign up for insurance if you need it.
- The doctor will ask you questions about your health and family history.
- You will have a full exam. This includes a pap smear, testing for STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and HIV, testing for tuberculosis, and genetic tests. Genetic tests look for health issues that may run in your family, like anemia.
- You will see the Social Worker and Nutritionist.
2nd trimester (month 4 – month 6)
You will come in for an appointment every 4 weeks. You will:
- The nurse will check your blood pressure, weight, and temperature.
- The doctor will check the baby’s size and heartbeat.
- We will send you for an ultrasound.
- You will see the Health Educator to talk about your plans for breastfeeding.
- You will see the Nutritionist to talk about healthy eating for you and your baby.
3rd trimester (month 7 – month 9)
You come in for an appointment every 2 weeks until you are 36 weeks along. Then you will come in for appointments every week until you deliver.
- You will get a sugar test (test that looks for signs of diabetes) and another HIV test.
- You will have the chance to meet the pediatrician (baby’s doctor).
- You will see the Health Educator and Social Worker to talk about post-partum depression (depression after having your baby), breastfeeding, and your plans for future pregnancies.
- You will see the Nutritionist to talk more about healthy eating and any stomach problems you might be having.
Post-partum care (after you have your baby).
Congratulations on the birth of your baby!
- Call us at 1-866-246-8259 to let us know that you delivered.
- Make an appointment for the baby to see the pediatrician 2-3 days after you get home from the hospital.
- We can help you stick with breastfeeding. If you’re having any problems with breastfeeding, reach out to the Health Educator or Nutritionist.
- Come for your post-partum visit 6 weeks after you deliver. Your doctor will check to make sure everything is healing well from pregnancy.
A new addition to your family is a new addition to ours. We’ll be with you with every step of the way!