Pregnancy can be an exciting and challenging time as your body changes with your growing baby. Everyone will have an opinion about what you should do! Taking these steps can help you have a healthier pregnancy and better outcomes for your baby.
- Call your health care provider right away. Getting early and regular prenatal care matters. Get the facts about prenatal care and make the call today.
- Contact Guilford County WIC. WIC (Women, Infants & Children) provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy food, health referrals, and other services free of charge to North Carolina families who qualify. Call Greensboro WIC Office at: 336-641-3214 or High Point WIC Office at: 336-641-7571.
- No doctor? No problem. Call the Guilford County Department of Public Health at (336)641-3245 to get started. If you’re not eligible for Medicaid and can’t afford prenatal care, contact the Adopt-A-Mom program at (336)641-7513 to see if you’re eligible to receive free care. Learn more.
- Take a class. Childbirth education classes can help you get ready for a positive parenting experience. You can also meet other expectant parents and get free stuff for your baby. Each class runs for five weeks on the same night each week and costs $45 for the mother-to-be and her partner. Medicaid covers the cost if you are eligible. Call (336)641-4718 to register.
- First time pregnancy? You may be eligible for the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides free in-home care before and after your child is born. Learn more.
- Sign up for Text4Baby to get free health and safety tips delivered directly to your mobile phone. Get answers to common questions about pregnancy, plus encouragement along the way. Texts continue through your baby’s first year. (Texts available in English and Spanish.)
- Read, talk, and sing to your baby now. Emerging research shows that bonding and learning begins even before birth. When you read, talk, and sing to your baby during pregnancy, you’re already helping to build your baby’s brain. Learn more.
- Need additional services? Dial 2-1-1 from any phone to talk with a representative who can help you get connected. Or search the online resource center sponsored by the United Way of Greater Greensboro and the United Way of Greater High Point.
- Plan to schedule a newborn baby visit. When you deliver your baby at Women’s Hospital or High Point Regional Hospital you can choose to have a certified nurse visit you and your baby at home shortly after you leave the hospital. More than 80% of families of newborns in Guilford County participate, and most say this extra support helps. Learn more about this valuable FREE program.
- Get support. Sometimes you just need to hear from people who are experiencing the same things that you are experiencing. BabyCenter.com offers forums on pregnancy-related topics—from health issues to baby names, bargain hunting to breastfeeding.
- Consider your childcare options once your baby arrives. It may seem early, but it’s also a good time to start thinking about your options. Learn about the importance of high-quality childcare.
- WARNING: Important Pregnancy Information: Vaping while pregnant could cause craniofacial birth defects (birth defects of the face or head), a VCU study shows.