Prenatal care for expectant mothers assures the best start in life for your baby.
Go Before You Show is a new initiative to encourage pregnant women to seek prenatal care in the first three months of their pregnancy and to link them to a prenatal care provider as early as possible in their pregnancy. It will help you with insurance and connect you to care for you and your baby.
"Real Women of Westchester County’" tell all about prenatal care in these Go Before You Show/YouTube videos.
The goal is to improve the health of babies born in Westchester. More than a quarter of all babies born in the county in 2008 were born to women who had late or no prenatal care and more than 1,000 babies born that year weighed less than 5.5 pounds, according to the most recent figures available from the county health department.
Community health workers, through the New York State funded Healthy Families New York and the Community Health Worker Programs work with community based organizations, Westchester County Department of Social Services and other healthcare partners, to identify pregnant women in need of prenatal care and to assist them and their family members with necessary services. Special emphasis is placed on outreaching to women at high-risk for poor birth outcomes.
These programs provide home visits to best meet individual and family needs. Community outreach workers monitor prenatal care throughout each pregnancy and continue to follow the family until the baby turns a year old. The program insures that the children have a primary care physician, receive regular checkups, immunizations, dental screening and lead testing.
For more information, please contact:
Healthy Families New York
(Serving Yonkers zip codes: 10701 and 10705)
Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial
1156 North Broadway, Yonkers, N.Y. 10701
Community Health Worker Program
(Serving Yonkers, White Plains and Mt Vernon zip codes: 10701,10703,10705,10601,10603,10607,10550,10553)
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center
107 West 4th Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
For prenatal, primary and other medical care, individuals who have no insurance can go to a neighborhood health center. Staff at the centers can help you enroll in eligible health insurance plans.
Other Resources and Statistics
- Text4baby - Get free messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth. Sign-up and register for text4baby.
- The Growing Up Healthy Hotline, at (800) 522-5006, provides information and referrals around the clock, in English, Spanish and other languages, for women who are pregnant and have no health insurance, as well as on a variety of health topics.
- Learn about postpartum depression from the Westchester County Department of Mental Health and how to get help for it.
- Postpartum Support International - Phone: (800) 944-4PPD or (800) 944-4773
- 5 Steps to Get Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy (CDC) En Español
- How to stay healthy during your pregnancy (CDC) En Español
- What to do after the baby arrives (CDC) En Español
- Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations (CDC)
- Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network
- Community Health Assessment 2010-2013
- Westchester County Department of Health Annual Data Book
- Healthy People Home page
- New York State Vital Statistics