Maternal & Child Health

The Maternal Child Health Program addresses the health and well being of every Reynolds County child from birth to adulthood and women from pregnancy to menopause.

Prenatal Case Management is a service provided to pregnant women, to assist in gaining access to needed medical, social, and educational services.  The Prenatal Case Management coordinator seeks to promote the health of recipients and foster independent compliance with health care services.  This is a voluntary program.

To qualify for Prenatal Case Management the individual must be enrolled in the Medicaid program.  A risk appraisal is conducted to identify pregnant women who have or may develop certain risk factors related to physical, psychosocial, developmental, and/or environmental problems.  After risks have been identified, a care plan is developed as guidance for the client’s education.  Enrollment is accepted anytime during the pregnancy up to 32 weeks to obtain a successful and health outcome.

Prenatal Case Management program includes:

  • Assistance with obtaining and maintaining prenatal care
  • Identification of barriers to prenatal care
  • Increasing the understanding of pregnancy and birth
  • Obtaining primary care for the newborn
  • Assistance in enrolling in other programs, such as WIC, Temporary Medicaid, Resource Moms, etc.

Expectant Mother responsibilities include:

  • Participating with the case manager to develop a plan for her health care needs;
  • Providing physicians name, appointment dates and progress noted at visits;
  • Maintain visits with the case manager at least every month

The Prenatal Case Management coordinator develops a plan of care to meet the expectant mothers healthcare needs.  The coordinator provides an education through the “Baby Basics” curriculum, which includes information about:

  • Pregnancy & Fetal Development
  • Do’s & Don’ts to maintain a health pregnancy
  • What happens at the Prenatal visits by month
  • Visual aids to enhance learning
  • Resources to needs in the community

The most important aspect of the program is providing support to the expectant mother and her unborn child.  Discharge from the program is usually 60 days after delivery, with additional follow up available upon client request.

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