What is Healthy Beginnings +?
Healthy Beginnings + is a Prenatal Care Coordination Program. This Medicaid benefited program aims to improve birth outcomes for mothers, families, and babies. In addition to prenatal care doctor appointments, Public Health Nurses support and educate pregnant women through monthly visits to monitor their pregnancy and help them connect to the resources they need to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.Healthy Beginnings + services can include:
- Monthly visits with a Public Health Nurse (at the pregnant woman's home or clinics offered at the Health Department)
- Assessment of strengths and needs
- Monitoring for certain warning signs in pregnancy
- Assessment and counseling for various stressors that may affect birth outcomes
- Preparation for caring safely for baby
- Breastfeeding support and nutrition information
- Information and connection to community resources
- When should I go see a health care provider?
- What will labor and delivery be like?
- What other community services are available to me?
- Should I breastfeed my baby?
- How will I know if I am having preterm labor?
- How does smoking affect my baby?