Maternal, Child & Family Health
In-home Support for Pregnant Women
Our Healthy Start program provides case management, home visiting, and health education to help pregnant women get the care they need to have healthy babies.
We help connect women with family planning services, prenatal care, and pediatric care. We also help women get the care they need between pregnancies (interconceptional care).
Philadelphia Healthy Start is part of a national program to reduce infant mortality, low birthweight and other poor perinatal outcomes.
Healthy Start case managers/home visitors help families create personalized care plans to support their health. They provide:
- One-on-one support and education in your home
- Health education and resources (childbirth education,
pregnancy education, child development)
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Preventive healthcare for moms and babies
- Help getting special services for your baby
- Education about pregnancy spacing
- The latest information about women's and children's health
- Referral to prenatal depression and grief services
- Referral to parenting classes and support groups
- Help meeting your goals – a case manager will help you make a plan to return to school, get back to work, and apply for your own housing
Community Resource Centers
- Do you want to meet other pregnant women and new moms and dads?
- Are you looking for extra support for your new family?
Visit a Healthy Start community resource center
Call us today!
A Healthy Start Outreach Coordinator can help you get the care you need.
Provider Referral Form
The Healthy Start Nursing Unit provides extra support for medically at-risk women.
Family Support Services
215-471-3251 (serving Southwest Philadelphia)
Healthy Start at Health Center #5
215-685-2457 (serving North and Northwest Philadelphia)
Intercultural Family Services
215-463-4673 (serving South Philadelphia)
Maternity Care Coalition
215-386-3390 (serving West Philadelphia)
Why Do You Need Prenatal Care?
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.