Moms-to-Be

Why is going to the doctor so important? Regular doctor or midwife visits can help keep your baby from being born too soon – the #1 cause of baby deaths in Ohio. Go to the doctor as soon as you think you’re pregnant.

Besides death, being born too soon can cause:

  • Mental illness, obesity and breathing problems later in life
  • Kids having a harder time in school
  • Kids growing up not able to work

It Can Happen to You

There are lots of reasons why babies are born too soon. The best way to have a healthy baby is to go to the doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner all during your pregnancy. There may be problems you don’t know about. Simple things like bladder infections can cause babies to be born too soon. So can diseases like diabetes. Going to the doctor can help you stay on top of ANY health concerns.

It's Hard

We know it can be hard when you have other kids and a job to get to the doctor especially if you don’t have a car. And we know life can be super stressful. That’s why Ohio doctors, midwives and nurses are being trained to better understand the challenges you face daily. Find help through your health insurance company. Or other local resources. We have lots listed on OurBabiesCount.org.

You can also hear from other moms, experts and local programs around Ohio share experience and helpful information on having a healthy pregnancy on the Our Babies Count blog.

Watch videos of moms-to-be talking with Our Babies Count at local events, including baby showers we’ve cohosted with radio stations (Cleveland Z107.9; Cincinnati 101.1 WIZF; Toledo The Juice 107.3), local programs (Canton-Stark THRIVE, Alliance Family Health Center, Butler PRIM and High HOPES, Cradle Cincinnati, Sunlight Village/West Dayton Health Promotion Partnership), medical professionals and others.






WHO IS MY HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY?


Check your insurance card. Your insurance company’s name or logo should be on the card. Typically, you’ll find contact information on the card, too. If you’re on Medicaid, you may have been assigned a company. If so, your insurance card would be from them. Below is contact information for all your choices for Medicaid insurance coverage.
  You may also have been enrolled in Medicaid by a doctor or hospital for presumptive eligibility. They will give you a letter with your Medicaid ID and you would not receive a Medicaid card for this program. This is a time-limited program, so it’s important to complete a full Medicaid application to keep your Medicaid coverage. Once your full Medicaid application is processed, you will be asked to choose one of the five insurance plans below.




GET IN TOUCH FOR THE HEALTH CARE YOU NEED FOR YOU AND BABY


Buckeye Health Plan

CareSource

Molina Healthcare

Paramount Advantage

UnitedHealthcare
Community Plan

Ohio Department of Medicaid


HOW CAN I GET HEALTH INSURANCE?



Call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline (1-800-324-8680) or visit their sign up page.

Contact Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

HEALTHY PREGNANCY TIPS*

Stay Baby, Stay!

There are medicines to help keep your baby from being born too soon. One of these is called Progesterone. Ask your doctor or midwife about it.

Bad Air for Baby

Smoking during pregnancy can cause dangerous bleeding or make your water break too soon – which can lead to serious problems including the death of your baby. Even after they’re born, babies of smokers are more likely to have sleep-related deaths. When you smoke during pregnancy, bad chemicals are passed to baby. It’s like giving your baby bad air to breathe.

WAIT 18

Talk to your doctor about waiting 18 months between pregnancies. Doctors generally advise this to give you time to get ready for a new child – in mind – as well as in body. It’s a proven fact that women who wait at least a year and a half before getting pregnant again have stronger, healthier babies. BUT everyone’s body is different. Talk to your doctor, or midwife, about what’s right for you!

It Lasts a Long Time

You can talk to your doctor – or midwife – anytime about the FREE, safe, long acting birth control that’s now available.
*These are general recommendations from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and are not medical advice. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

Local Programs

MANY GROUPS ARE WORKING ACROSS OHIO TO HELP YOU AND DAD HAVE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Akron

Butler County

Canton

Cincinnati

Cleveland

Columbus

Dayton






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DADS, FAMILY & FRIENDS

You don’t have to have all the answers. And you don’t have to be perfect. Just being there helps. So love and do all you can to support the mom-to-be in your life! Babies can tell their father’s voice from a stranger’s by four weeks.

  • Make her dinner or give her a massage.
  • Watch the kids so she can rest or go to the doctor stress-free.
  • Go to major doctor appointments with her.
  • Discourage drugs, alcohol or smoking during pregnancy.
  • Make sure mom-to-be has three nutritious meals daily, healthy snacks and lots of water.
  • Encourage breastfeeding. It’s free and better for baby.
  • Parent together even if you live apart.
  • Share concerns and find answers together.
  • Take walks together for exercise.
  • Always show respect to the mother of your children.
  • Connect with local programs for dads-to-be
  • Visit Ohio Commission on Fatherhood for more helpful advice.

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