Early and Continuous Prenatal Care is Important for a Healthy Pregnancy
MATERNITY ON-LINE MEDICAL REFERRAL SERVICE
A new web-based program called “Maternity On-Line Medical Referral Services” (MOMS) provides a point of entry for services to mothers who are expecting a child. The web access makes it easier to get crucial prenatal care. The MOMS website also provides access to Info-Crossing (connecting and sending information) on other available services for women who are pregnant.
Why is Prenatal Care Important?
Women who see a health care provider early and regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to deliver prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy. The Fairfax County Health Department provides prenatal care through the sixth month. Last trimester care and delivery are at Fairfax Hospital.
Who is Eligible?
Residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church City and women who meet income guidelines.
Is There a Fee?
Services are provided on a sliding scale fee.
Where Can I Get Services?
What Can I Expect?
Services provided include:
- Routine prenatal lab work
- Prenatal vitamins and iron
- Prenatal exams by an M.D.
- Referrals to community resources as needed
- Referral to WIC
Pregnancy is a time of change and a lot of questions. If you have questions about how to stay healthy, how the baby grows, normal changes in pregnancy, and things you should avoid while you are pregnant, please go to the March of Dimes Web site (www.marchofdimes.com).
Interested in vital statistics about number of pregnancies, teen pregnancy rates, and pregnancy outcomes? Go to the Virginia Health Department Health Statistics web site for more information.
Want to learn about the national goals for Maternal and Child Health? Go to the Healthy People web site for the latest guidelines.