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South Country Health Alliance | Prenatal & Postpartum Care

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Prenatal care is the health care you and your baby get while you are pregnant. Postpartum care is the health care you and your baby get in the first six weeks after delivery.

Prenatal Care

If you know you’re pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don’t miss any — they are all important.

Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.
Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
Notify your county eligibility worker or public health nurse about your pregnancy and when your baby is born. You are eligible for expanded health care coverage when you are pregnant and the baby is also covered.

Postpartum Care

After delivery, you’ll go through a period of adjustment and healing and you’ll have a post-delivery checkup with your doctor. While you are bonding with your baby, you need to remember to take care of yourself, too. Baby will need to be fed and changed often, and you may experience sleepless nights. It can be frustrating and tiresome. The good news is that you’ll eventually fall into a routine.

Remember to let your county eligibility worker or public health nurse know your baby was born. This helps ensure the baby has health care coverage.

Pregnancy Care Reward

You can get a $50 gift card if you complete any 5 prenatal visits during your pregnancy and a postpartum visit within 7 and 84 days after delivery. Bring a Pregnancy Care Reward voucher to your postpartum appointment and have your doctor or nurse fill it out. Then mail it in to South Country to receive your gift card.