Are you pregnant?
Do you have a new baby?
We can help.
Women who get early and regular prenatal care have healthier babies.
We provide the medical care and support services you need to give your baby a healthy start in life.
If you think you might be pregnant, you can find out for sure by going to a health center for a pregnancy test.
If you are pregnant, you should start prenatal care right away. Each pregnancy is different, so you should get prenatal care with every pregnancy, even if you have been pregnant before.
We provide prenatal care in our health centers. 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 health center 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.
- 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.Services for non-English speakers
We offer translation and interpretation services in City health centers for patients and their families.
City health centers accept Medicare, Medicaid (Medical Assistance) and most insurance and HMO plans.
If you are uninsured, we charge a small fee based on family size and income.
We can help you apply for health insurance you can afford.
As a registered patient, you will get your own personal doctor. It's a much better way to get medical care than going from doctor to doctor or rushing to the emergency room when something goes wrong.
- Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health
- Family Planning Services
- STD Testing and Treatment
- Women's Health (Gynecology Services)
According to the US Surgeon General, no amount of alcohol consumption can be considered safe during pregnancy.
- A pregnant woman should not drink alcohol during pregnancy.
- A woman who is considering becoming pregnant should not drink alcohol.
Find out more:
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
For support, contact:
NOFAS Birth Mothers' Network
One-on-one parent support for biological parents with children with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
For restaurant and bar owners:
Businesses that serve alcoholic beverages in Philadelphia are required to post a sign informing patrons of the health risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant.