We offer a lot of guidance and support for you during and following your pregnancy.
A health care team of nurses, nutritionists, behavioral health specialists, peer educators, and case managers can help you prepare for the physical and family demands of pregnancy and caring for a new baby. First Steps Maternity Support Services provides health and education for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. If you are pregnant and have Apple Health coverage, you are eligible. Services can begin any time during pregnancy, or even right after delivery.
Infant Case Management (ICM) is the second component of First Steps. This program improves the welfare of your baby by providing you with information and assistance to get medical, social, educational, and other services through your baby’s ﬁrst year of life.
The best time to start is as soon as you learn you are pregnant. At Neighborhood Health you can schedule First Steps Maternity Support Services and WIC appointments at the same time.
Through the First Steps Maternity Support and Infant Case Management programs, you can receive services at:
A member of your maternity-care team will schedule a home visit if you have special concerns, or your doctor has restricted your activities.
You may feel overwhelmed at times with so many questions about this big new event in your life. Stress, anxiety, sadness, and depression can occur but it’s important to minimize the effects on your pregnancy, so our behavioral health specialists are here to help you work through these issues.
You’ve heard it before: You are what you eat. What you choose to eat has a big impact on your health, the proper development of your baby and, and your children as they grow. For older children and adults, good nutrition can prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Even your ability to recover from an injury or surgery is aﬀected by your diet.
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food program is for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help getting other services, and checks for nutritious foods. Click here to find out if you are eligible for WIC.