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Helpful Resources

Articles about pregnancy

Post Partum -- caring for a newborn can be overwhelming at times, here are some helpful tips and information about what to expect after delivery.

Breastfeeding -- breastfeeding benefits both you and your baby, find out how!

Helpful Links

March of Dimes -- An organization dedicated to helping moms have full-term pregnancies and researching the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Someday Starts Now -- has tools for health care professionals and life planning and birth planning tools. There are also videos on breastfeeding, partner involvement, and health before getting pregnant.

Texas Attorney General - for Paternity establishment and Child Support information.

Text4Baby -- Get FREE text alerts and helpful messages for new moms and moms to be.

Women's Health Program -- The Women's Health Program provides low-income women health screening and birth control.

What to Expect -- created by the people who brought you the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting", this website is a useful guide on what to expect during pregnancy and helpful tips on parenting.

Cervical Screening

Routine pap smears and screenings are key to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cervical cancer. Women ages 21 to 69 should have a pap smear once a year. Plan a visit with your doctor or local community clinic. For more information or to locate a doctor in your area, call 1-866-959-2555 (STAR) or 1-866-959-6555 (CHIP).

High risk case management

A case management program (by phone/monthly) for members with high risk pregnancies including:

  • 17P (medicine used to treat pre-term labor).
  • Preterm labor.
  • Gestational diabetes.
  • Hypertension.
  • Teen pregnancies.
  • Multiples pregnancy.

A registered nurse case manager and the pregnant mother work to improve pregnancy outcomes. Case managers give support. They also provide resources about pregnancy education.

A case manager helps:

  • Support the doctor's plan of care.
  • Create short and long-term goals.
  • Help the member focus on a self-care plan. This includes when, where, and how to get medical help and care during pregnancy.

Program continues until child is 2 months old. Call Rannie Carriere at 832-828-1192 to learn more.

Mammography

A regular mammogram is important for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Women ages 40 to 69 should have a mammogram every 2 years. The key to good health is to be proactive. Plan a visit your doctor or your local community clinic. For more information or to locate a doctor in your area, call 1-866-959-2555 (STAR) or 1-866-959-6555 (CHIP).

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership Program is a home visitation program for first-time pregnant members, who are less than 28 weeks pregnant. This program is offered by Texas Children’s Health Plan at no cost!

As a woman pregnant with your first child, you have a lot of questions. The Nurse-Family Partnership will guide you to the right resources and help you plan for a healthy pregnancy.

This program partners a registered nurse with a first-time mom during her pregnancy. The member has a nurse to help educate the family about their health needs. They will provide support until the child’s second birthday. 

With this program, your nurse comes to you, meeting you at home or at a safe place on a biweekly basis, before and after the birth of your baby.

The nurse will:

  • Visit members at home.
  • Answer questions.
  • Help with finding resources.
  • Give support.
  • Focus on key program material and topics that are important to the member.
  • Fathers are invited to join too.

If you're interested or want to learn more, email nfpreferral@texaschildrens.org or call 832-828-1274.

Prenatal Visit

It is best to make your first prenatal appointment when you think you are pregnant. Your OB/GYN will want to see you in your first trimester or within 42 days of joining Texas Children’s Health Plan. Your baby has a better chance of being born healthy if you see a doctor throughout pregnancy! Call 1-800-964-2777 to sign up your baby for Medicaid once you deliver.

Postpartum Visit

New moms need to go for a postpartum checkup. Your OB/GYN must see you 3 to 6 weeks after delivery. This will keep you healthy for motherhood. It is also important for your baby to have health coverage. Call 2-1-1 to sign up your baby for Medicaid. Regular checkups will also keep your baby healthy. Your baby will need a 2-week checkup.