The Maternal Health program includes providing pregnant and post-partum women with the following services:

Ensure early and adequate prenatal care

  • Assess health insurance needs and assist with Medicaid presumptive eligibility
  • Provide care coordination to link pregnant women to a medical home, follow up on appointments and send appointment reminders.
  • Transportation assistance
  • Education on the importance of prenatal care
  • Promote flu vaccines and Tdap vaccines.

Early identification of risk factors or symptoms that need referral to health care providers.

  • Health screening for depression, tobacco/substance abuse
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Signs of preterm labor
  • Signs of high blood pressure and preeclampsia
  • Social assessment and guidance provided by social worker or RN
  • Oral health screening by a RN or RDH and assistance with finding a dentist
  • Postpartum assessment of Mom and baby done in the home or in clinic by a RN

 

Promote healthy lifestyle choices

  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco substance abuse
  • Choosing healthy foods and staying active during pregnancy
  • Reducing stress
  • Seat belt use
  • Shaken baby syndrome prevention
  • Safe sleep environment for their infant
  • Wait for labor avoid and elective delivery prior to 39 weeks
  • Promote healthy birth spacing and reduce unintended pregnancies

Integrate domestic and sexual violence and coercion prevention into services provided.

 

Maternal Health Coordinator: Alesia Houser
Phone: 641-682-8784  or  1-800-452-1098
Email: ahouser@ahfa.org