Risks

IS MY PREGNANCY OR BABY AT RISK?

We know that you want to have a safe pregnancy and as healthy a baby as possible! Healthy Start is here to help you if you need us.

You will be given a questionnaire at your first prenatal care visit. You will be given another questionnaire for your baby after birth. These questionnaires will help your health care provider know if you may need additional services to help keep you and the baby healthy. Please answer the questions – they are confidential, and your answers will only be seen by those taking care of you.

DURING PREGNANCY – Sometimes, certain problems or issues can affect your health or the baby’s health. Your prenatal care provider will look at your answers to these questions and talk to you about your need for Healthy Start services:
1. Did you complete high school or receive your GED?
2. Are you married?
3. Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last month?
4. Have you had alcoholic drinks within the last month?
5. Have you smoked cigarettes in the last month?
6. Do you want to be pregnant?
7. Is this your first pregnancy?
8. Have you had a baby before who:
was not born alive?
was born 3 weeks or more before the due date?
weighed less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces at birth?
9. Are you less than 18 years old?
10. Are you very underweight or overweight?
11. Has it been less than 18 months since the birth of your last baby?
12. Did you start prenatal care in the first three months of pregnancy?
13. Do you have an illness requiring ongoing medical care (such as being HIV+, Hepatitis B+, or having hypertension, diabetes, or thyroid or cardiac diseases)?
14. Are you homeless?

AFTER YOUR BABY’S BIRTH – Sometimes, certain problems or issues can affect the baby’s health in the first year of life. Your prenatal care provider will look at your answers to these questions and talk to you about your need for Healthy Start services:

1. Are you less than 18 years old?
2. Are you over 18 but have not completed 12th grade?
3. Are you of a race other than white or are of multiple races?
4. Are you married?
5. Did you have one or less prenatal care visits?
6. Did your baby weigh less than 4 pounds 7 ounces at birth?
7. Did you use tobacco or alcohol during pregnancy?
8. Does your baby have an abnormal medical condition?
9. Do you need help to breastfeed?
10. Are you homeless?

If you are referred to Healthy Start, one of our Care Coordinators will either call or send a letter to you about our services. Please talk to her. She can help make sure you and the baby are getting the information and services you need! Healthy Start is not a government program and is not part of DCF. We just want you and the baby to be healthy and safe.

Call Healthy Start at 861-2905 if you have any questions.

 

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