Prenatal/Family Care Program

The Prenatal/Family Care Coordination Program is here to assist you during this important time in your life and help build a strong family foundation from the start.

GOALS: The goals of Prenatal/Family Care Coordination Program starts with providing pregnant women with the educational foundation they need during their pregnancy, by promoting early intervention, reducing preterm deliveries, low birth weight infants, infant deaths, and having a positive pregnancy outcome. After birth, the goal is to provide parents/guardians with assistance in learning how to best care for their own family through education on health/wellness, child development, nutrition, safety, parenting, and access to services that address the families’ unmet social services and medical needs.

PRENATAL/FAMILY CARE TEAM: The Prenatal Care Coordination Team consists of experienced Labor and Delivery Nurses who will assist mothers throughout their pregnancy while the Family Care Coordination Team consists of experienced early childhood education and social service professionals that will assist families throughout baby’s first two years.

ENROLLMENT: Pregnant women can enroll in the Prenatal/Family Care Coordination Program anytime during their pregnancy, whether they are a NorthShore patient or not. Once families complete the Prenatal Care portion of the program can then choose to continue enrollment into Family Care and will participate in a variety of programs until their youngest child is 2 years old. Families who did not begin the program during their pregnancy can enroll in Family Care anytime up to the child’s 1st birthday, whether they are a NorthShore patient or not.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:

Services:

  • Prenatal/Family Care
  • Medicaid/Presumptive Eligibility Enrollment – available on site
  • Free Pregnancy Test Verification – proof of pregnancy form provided for Medicaid Enrollment
  • Breast Pump Assistance
  • Car Seat Education, Inspection, and Installation
  • Lactation Consultations/Stations
  • Non-Stress Test for High Risk Pregnant Patients
  • Pack-N-Play Assistance
  • Perinatal Loss Program
  • “NWI Family Support- NorthShore Health Centers” Facebook Page

Referrals Offered:

  • Healthcare Coverage
  • WIC
  • Food Assistance
    • Discount groceries
    • Food Banks
    • Food Stamp Program
    • Nutritional Program
  • Housing/Household Needs Programs
    • Income Based Housing
    • Housing Opportunities
    • Utilities Assistance Programs
    • Low Income/Section 8 Housing
    • Homeless/Family Violence Shelters
    • TANF/Cash Assistance Programs
    • Clothing
    • Employment Assistance Programs
    • GED Education Programs
  • Transportation
  • Baby/Maternity Items
  • Lactation Program
  • Pregnancy Back Brace
  • Car Seat Program
  • Safe Sleep Program
  • Medical/Dental/Vision care & exams
  • Stop Smoking Programs
  • Child Development
    • Childcare & Childcare Voucher
    • Developmental Delays/Special Needs
    • Early Childhood Programs/Playgroups
  • Counseling/Parenting Classes
  • Family & Community events

EDUCATION PROVIDED:

Prenatal:

  • Trimester by Trimester Fetal Development
  • Nutrition & Healthy Meal Plans
  • What to Expect at your OB Visits
  • Normal Changes During Pregnancy
  • When to Call the Doctor
  • Warning Signs During Pregnancy
    • Preterm Labor Symptoms
    • Illness During Pregnancy
    • Spotting vs. Bleeding
  • When to go to the Hospital
  • How to Prepare the Home For the Baby’s Arrival
  • Basic Newborn Care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Safe Sleep Instructions
  • Family Planning

Family Care:

  • Stages of Child Development
  • Immunization Facts & Schedule
  • Nutrition & Feeding Tips
  • Early Dental Care & Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
  • Safe Sleep Practices & Car Seat Safety
  • Child-Proofing & Safety Concerns
  • Discipline & Parenting
  • Emotional Health & Stress Management

FREE CLASSES & EVENTS

  • 2nd Trimester Mommy’s Day Out
  • 3rd Trimester Baby Shower
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Sibling Class – Help older siblings adjust to life with a new baby
  • Baby Basics Classes – Tips for mom, dad, grandparents & caregivers
  • Family Food Fun Group Meetings – Child development play activities and parent nutrition class
  • Happy Birthday Baby – 1st birthday celebration
  • Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
  • We Are Wild About Mom’s – Mother’s Day Event

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