Maternal & Newborn Health

If you are pregnant, it is very important to have early and regular prenatal and postpartum care. These doctor visits help you and your baby stay healthy. Health Choice Integrated Care has a program to help you get the best care. This program is called the Stork Program.

Stork Program

Pregnant women are registered in our Stork Program and receive information and guidance from our maternity nurses to help them have a healthy pregnancy. Our Stork Program also helps pregnant women and new moms connect with the community resources they need for their family. For information about the Stork Program, call us toll-free at 1-800-640-2123.

Medications and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, nearly every drug that is in your body can be passed on to your baby. Using certain prescriptions or substances during your pregnancy puts your baby at risk for being born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

NAS is when a newborn baby has withdrawal because the baby is no longer getting the drugs or medicines from the mother’s body. Each drug can cause different problems. Babies can be born too early, have seizures, birth defects, problems breathing and feeding, and pain. Some common drugs and opioids that can cause NAS are:

  • Codeine
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone)
  • Methadone (Morphine)
  • Percocet/ Oxycontin (oxycodone)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Alcohol

If you are pregnant and taking drugs or alcohol, you can prevent your baby from having Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist as soon as you find out you are pregnant to discuss options for treatment to prevent NAS.

Prenatal Care

Source: March of Dimes
Early and regular prenatal care can help you and your baby stay healthy. Prenatal care is health care you get during your pregnancy. At each prenatal care visit, your doctor will check on you and your growing baby.

Schedule your first prenatal care visit as soon as you know you are pregnant. Things to expect during your visit:

  • Blood test
  • Urine test
  • Blood pressure check

These tests will help your doctor track your and your baby’s health.

If you need help scheduling your appointment, call us. We can also help you get a ride to your appointment.

Is Your Baby Insured?

If you just had a baby, you must notify the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) of the baby’s full name within 30 days of birth. You can do this by calling AHCCCS at 1-800-654-8713.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides many resources to mothers and their children. The program can help mothers with things like:

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Nutrition education for eating healthy
  • Tips for feeding infants and children to create healthy habits
  • Tips for postpartum health and well-being
  • Referrals to health care and other community resources

Contact your local WIC Clinic for more information at 1-800-252-5942.

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