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Maternity Services

Welcome to the Guilford County Department of Public Health, Women’s Health Program Maternity Clinic.  It is our goal to help women have the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible.  Below is an explanation of what we offer to our patients as their prenatal care provider. 

Scope of Care
The Women’s Health Program Maternity Clinic will provide comprehensive prenatal care for low to medium risk pregnancies.  High-risk pregnancies will receive prenatal care at the Moses Cone Health System Outpatient High Risk Clinic.

Services Provided

  • Provision of initial supply of prenatal vitamins
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Prepared Childbirth Classes
  • Parenting Classes
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Nutrition Counseling/Advice
  • Home Visits as needed
  • Baby Love Maternity Care Coordination (for eligible patients)
  • Adult Immunizations
  • HIV Testing and Counseling
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Testing, Counseling, and Treatment
  • Vaginitis and UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) Testing and Treatment
  • Referral for Ultrasounds (as needed)
  • Referral for Genetic Counseling (as needed)

Information Covered During Clinic Visits

  • The right foods to eat during pregnancy.
  • Ways to prevent premature delivery.
  • How smoking, alcohol and drugs hurt the unborn baby.
  • Risk for HIV/AIDS.
  • Baby development.
  • How to make delivery easier and safer.
  • How to feed and care for a new baby.
  • Birth control methods for use after the baby is born.

Health Care Team
The following professionals make up our prenatal care team:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Health Educators
  • Nutritionists
  • Maternity Care Coordinators
  • Laboratory Staff

Options for Delivery
All patients will deliver at The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro or High Point Regional Health System.

Clinic/Department Policies
We accept Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare insurance plans for prenatal care provided in our clinics.  Patients with other insurance plans will need to pay for their visit in full at the time of service.  A claim will be filed on the patient’s behalf and if payment is received, the patient will receive a refund.  Patients who do not have insurance and are not eligible for Medicaid may purchase services at a reduced rate based on  income and family size.  Patients will be asked to provide proof of income to determine cost of services.  If proof of income is not provided, patients are charged full price (100% for each service).  If you are not sure of your eligibility for Medicaid, call the Department of Public Health or Department of Social Services to learn more.

It is the responsibility of patients to cancel and reschedule any appointments they cannot attend ahead of time. 

Emergency Coverage
If our patients experience an emergency after clinic hours, they can call or go to The Women’s Hospital of Greensboro or High Point Regional Health System as soon as possible.  Medicaid recipients should take their current card with them.  Self-pay patients are responsible for the bill they receive from the hospital.

Lab Studies
During the first prenatal care visit, our patients are screened for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and Hepatitis B.  Blood typing, blood count and a urine test are also done.  More testing is done at specific times during the pregnancy (ultrasound at 16-18 weeks and one-hour blood sugar test for diabetes at 26-28 weeks).  HIV testing and Neural Tube screening are also offered.  A urine sample is provided at every clinic appointment.  Other lab testing may be done as needed.

Anticipated Schedule of Visits
Patients can expect to have a prenatal appointment every four weeks during the first 28 weeks of their pregnancy.  During the 28th to 35th  weeks, appointments are every two weeks, and then every week from 36 weeks until the time of delivery.  This schedule can change based on specific needs.

To make a prenatal care appointment in either our Greensboro or High Point clinic locations, call 641-3245. 

For information on pregnancy and baby care in mulitple languages, visit the Health Information Translations website.

Updated Feb. 22, 2012