Healthy Beginnings is a voluntary program for HUSKY Health members who are pregnant or who have recently given birth. Our nurses will work with you to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. They will teach you about what to expect during pregnancy, at birth, and after the baby is born.
Once you have enrolled, a nurse will be assigned to you to provide education and support, either over the phone or in person. They can teach you about benefits and offer resources such as WIC, breast pumps, and baby supplies. If you have a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a nurse can provide support for up to one year after your baby’s discharge from the NICU.
Below are checklists for you to use during and after your pregnancy to help keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. Your Healthy Beginnings nurse can help you complete the items on these lists. Follow the links for other helpful resources.
Whether you are pregnant or gave birth within the last year, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about any physical or emotional concerns you may have. For tips and guidance to help you share your concerns with your healthcare provider, click here.
The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, or might become pregnant in the future. If you are pregnant or were recently pregnant, you are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared to people who are not pregnant. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy can help protect you and your baby. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People: At Increased Risk for Severe Illness from COVID-19. CDC. March 3, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnant-people.html
Having a baby during COVID-19 can be hard because of the fears you may have. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Labor of Love podcast can help reduce those fears and give you the facts about the COVID-19 vaccines to help you make the best choice for you. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Veronica Pimentel, an OB/GYN and “pandemic mom.” Each of the episodes includes real stories from new parents about pregnancy during COVID-19 and information from maternal health experts. Click here to watch the trailer and then sign up to watch each episode.
Pimentel V. Labor of Love: Stories of vaccines, variants, and parenting during COVID. Introduction: Introducing Labor of Love. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; May 26, 2022. https://www.acog.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-tools-for-your-practice-and-your-patients/labor-of-love
The loss of a pregnancy or baby is extremely difficult. Call our nurses to receive the support you need in this tough time. We offer Care Management services, help with the transition after pregnancy, and access to behavioral health services.
WIC is available to infants and children under the age of five. Pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding a child under the age of one, and women who have had a baby in the past six months may also be eligible.
The WIC program offers many great nutrition services including:
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