Pregnant Moms Program
CHIP’s Pregnant Moms Program provides better health care for expectant mothers and their babies in order to give children the best possible start in life. Nurses work with expectant mothers of all ages; mothers expecting their first babies, and mothers expecting their fourth; mothers who are in their first trimester of pregnancy, and those who will delivery in a matter of weeks. No matter when case management services start, the goals are the same:
- To decrease high risk behaviors (including smoking, drug and alcohol use) that put a mother and her baby at risk
- To increase birth weight
- To decrease infant mortality
- To reduce the incidence of prolonged hospital stays, and
- To decrease the number of days infants spend in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Units)
CHIP ensures that all pregnant women enrolled in the program are covered with health insurance through either Pregnant Medicaid or FAMIS Moms. Having access to health insurance makes accessing prenatal care and specialist services (for high-risk pregnancies) easier. Moms who seek prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy and who stay up-to-date on all scheduled prenatal visits are more likely to have full-term babies and risk fewer complications at delivery.
CHIP nurses help expectant mothers to understand and become accustomed to preventive care including regular prenatal care and specialist support for health risks such as high blood pressure and diabetes, and encourage them to continue with a medical home after the birth of their babies for postpartum check-ups, regular health exams, and the treatment of pre-existing conditions. The Pregnant Moms Program also offers transportation to doctor appointments, nutrition education, infant care education, breastfeeding support with a lactation consultant, and referrals to area childbirth education classes.