Prenatal care helps pregnant women have healthy babies. Prenatal care is essential but only works with doctor visits early and often. Beginning prenatal care before the 14th week of pregnancy is ideal, but it is never too late to start.
Prenatal care physicians, obstetricians and gynecologists, make sure both mother and baby get off to a healthy start. Regular doctor visits help:
-Monitor the health of both mother and baby
-Make sure the baby is growing and developing at a healthy pace
-Prepare the mother for the childbirth experience, giving information on her due date and what to expect during and after giving birth
Prenatal vists allow the mother to ask her doctor questions as they come up, making her confident and prepared to be a mother to a healthy and happy baby.
The Cooperative offers a range of programs to help pregnant women and new mothers every step of their pregnancy process. Cooperative programs provide prenatal care referrals to expecting mothers, breastfeeding assistance and in-home nurses to new moms, support systems for moms feeling overwhelmed, alone or anxious after childbirth and much more.