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Prenatal Care

Why do I need prenatal care?

Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.

Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.

The Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP) is a comprehensive prenatal care program that offers complete pregnancy care and other health services to women and teens who live in New York State and meet income guidelines. Call 1-800-522-5006 for more information.

If you are pregnant with your first baby, the Nurse Family Partnership can help. When you enroll in the program, a specially-trained nurse will visit you at home throughout your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old. These services are provided at no cost to you. Call 311 and ask for Nurse-Family Partnership.

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