We help high-risk pregnant and parenting women in Northeast Philadelphia begin prenatal care or follow through with post-partum care.
Maternity Care Coalition (MOMobile)
You should start prenatal care as soon as you find out you are pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant, you can find out for sure by going to a health center for a pregnancy test.
Each pregnancy is different, so you should get prenatal care with every pregnancy, even if you have been pregnant before.
When you enroll in prenatal care, you will get regular medical check-ups to make sure your baby is growing and healthy. At every visit, you will receive important health screenings that can help prevent or treat health problems before they become serious. You can also receive social work support to help you prepare for your baby.Your healthcare provider can talk to you about:
- Eating healthy foods and exercising
- The risks of smoking cigarettes and how to stop
- The risks of taking drugs and alcohol and how to stop
- The risks of domestic violence and help if you need it
- Why breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby.
- How to keep your baby safe with a car seat and crib
- Dental screening
- Referrals to WIC, EPSDT and family planning
Women should take care of their health all the time, not just when they are pregnant. Health care before and between pregnancies will address medical conditions that can affect your baby if you become pregnant.