Research has shown that when high-risk pregnant women receive specialized and intensive education and non-medical support services throughout their pregnancy, they have improved birth outcomes (including decreased rates of low birth weight and infant mortality).
Healthy Beginnings+ includes a variety of case management services that outreach pregnant women, assess their medical and psychosocial risk factors, then plan and coordinate care that will help decrease risks, overcome barriers to receiving prenatal care, and increase their chances of having a healthy baby.
Examples of support services which might be included in Healthy Beginnings+ are:
- Helping the women identify a prenatal care provider
- Referring to resources such as housing, WIC, FoodShare, BadgerCare+, Wisconsin Works (W-2), child care assistance, Food Pantry, etc.
- Educating/counseling on topics such as changes during pregnancy, danger signs, healthy lifestyle choices, preparation for childbirth, infant care, and family planning options.
- Assisting in locating treatment for tobacco, alcohol and other drug abuse.
- Sharing resources for a safe place to be in the event of domestic abuse.
Feel free to refer or inquire about Healthy Beginnings+ in Columbia County by calling 608-742-9227.