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Pregnancy and women’s health

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At Summit Community Care, we understand that deciding if and when to have a baby is one of the most important decisions you will make. Whatever you choose, we’re here to help you stay healthy.

Here you’ll find useful tips, interactive tools and helpful resources and apps to stay healthy at every stage of your life.

If you’re pregnant, take these important steps:

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your OB provider. 

Who is your OB provider?  If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-844-405-4295 (TTY 711), and we can help you find one near you.

Step 2: Complete an OB health screener.

This screener will help us customize the care and support we provide you throughout your pregnancy. Expect a call from My Advocate® or a Summit Community Care associate to complete the OB health screener.

Step 3: Call to learn more about our Taking Care of Baby and Me® program and to get connected to an OB case manager.

Call 1-844-405-4295 (TTY 711) to learn more.

Step 4: Take care of you. 

Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

Step 5: Sign up for our Healthy Rewards program. 

Earn dollars for completing healthy activities.

  • $25 incentive for a prenatal visit in the first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment in Summit Community Care
  • $50 incentive for attending a postpartum visit 21 to 56 days after delivery

Sign up at www.summitcommunitycare.com/healthyrewards or call 1-877-868-2004.

If you’re thinking about having a baby, there are steps you can take to stay healthy before, during and after pregnancy. These steps will help you have a healthy baby, too! 
Before you become pregnant, talk with your doctor about:

  • Planning to start a family
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Taking medications safely
  • Taking folic acid
  • Making sure your vaccines are up to date
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Women’s health
Preparing for a healthy pregnancy
Zika virus
Breast self-examination
Quitting smoking
Pap tests
Drug withdrawal in newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)
Pregnancy and Diabetes: Planning for pregnancy
Obesity and pregnancy
Immunizations and pregnancy
Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy

Helpful resources

Preconception health and health care
Show your love! Steps to a healthier me and baby-to-be
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Useful Apps - Show your love Preconception health care app

Show your love! Preconception health care app


My Reproductive Life Plan
Smoke free for women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Congratulations! This is an exciting time for you. There are many things you can do to make sure you and your baby stay strong and healthy.

Once you find out you’re pregnant, what are your next steps?

• Schedule an appointment with your OB provider. 
Prenatal care is very important for you and your baby. Your doctor will ask you questions about your health, do a physical exam, tell you your baby’s due date, and give you the information you and your baby need to stay healthy.

Who is your OB provider? If you don’t have one, you can call us at 1-844-405-4295 (TTY 711), and we can help you find a provider near you.

• Take care of you. 
Eating healthy foods, staying active and avoiding tobacco and alcohol can help you stay healthy during and after pregnancy.

• Complete an OB health screener. 
This screener helps us make sure we’re helping you get the care and support you need throughout your pregnancy. Expect a call from MyAdvocate® or a Summit Community Care associate to complete the OB health screener.

• Chat with your OB case manager.
Call us to learn about our Taking Care of Baby and Me® program. We can help you find resources to help you take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. Call 1-844-405-4295 (TTY 711) to learn more.

• Enroll in Healthy Rewards.
Earn dollars for completing healthy activities.
To enroll, visit Healthy Rewards or call 1-877-868-2004.

MyAdvocate

Getting the support you need throughout your pregnancy can help you feel better and embrace the journey. MaryBeth with My Advocate® shares helpful tips and advice before and after your baby is born, and will make it easier to connect with your case manager. 

You get these helpful tips and advice by phone, text, smartphone app or on the website. Enroll in My Advocate® and take an OB health screener that will help us customize your care today! Expect a call from MyAdvocate® or a Summit Community Care associate to complete the OB health screener.

The Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide
As a Summit Community Care member, you’ll receive the Pregnancy and Beyond Resource Guide with more information about prenatal, postpartum and well-baby care, pregnancy benefits, and prenatal and postpartum incentive programs. To learn more or request a guide, call 1-844-405-4295 (TTY 711).

Health A to Z (Healthwise)
First trimester exams and tests
Pregnancy: Prenatal exam schedule
Second trimester exams and tests
Third trimester exams and tests
Preeclampsia
Gestational diabetes
Preterm labor
Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
Drug withdrawal in newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)
Pregnancy: Dealing with morning sickness
Nausea or vomiting during pregnancy
HIV and pregnancy
Depression during pregnancy
Immunizations and pregnancy
From embryo to baby in 9 months

Helpful Resources
March of Dimes
Text4baby
Smoke free for women

National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

You may be eligible for WIC benefits. Visit the WIC website to learn more.

Congratulations! Being a new mother is an exciting time, but motherhood can bring some challenges you might not have expected. You may have questions about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy.

Besides talking with your doctor, there are many resources available to help keep you healthy, both physically and emotionally. There are also many resources to help you make sure your baby is safe, happy and healthy.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)
Baby’s daily needs: What to expect
Breastfeeding
Child car seats
Newborn growth and development
Postpartum: First six weeks after childbirth
Managing postpartum depression
Crib safety
Childhood immunizations

Helpful resources
Need help getting a breast pump?  Call Member Services at 1-844-405-4295 to speak with a case manager.
If you have not already enrolled in WIC, visit the WIC website to learn more or call 1-800-462-0599. WIC can assist you with breastfeeding support.

For more information or support with breastfeeding:

For more information on postpartum depression, talk to your doctor. You can also contact Postpartum Support International (PSI) at 1-800-944-4PPD (4773).

If your baby was born sick or premature and has been admitted to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), you may be having a difficult time coping. We believe that the more you know, the better you will be able to care for your infant. We are here to help you feel more at ease with your baby’s stay in the NICU.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)
Getting to know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
NICU: Communicating with the staff
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection
Newborn growth & development
Drug withdrawal in newborns (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)

Helpful resources
Need help getting a breast pump? Call Member Services at 1-844-405-4295 to speak with a case manager.

The MyPreemie App provides support to parents and families with preemies.
Graham’s Foundation provides support, advocacy and research for preemies and their families.

March of Dimes’ My NICU Baby App provides answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby during this time.

There are many things you can do to support your partner during pregnancy. Encourage your partner to seek early and regular prenatal care, and attend appointments and birthing classes with her. Encourage your partner to take other important steps such as avoiding tobacco and alcohol, staying active and eating healthy, and finding ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.

During this exciting time, it is also important for you to take care of yourself. As you encourage your partner to take important steps to stay healthy, take these steps with her:

  • Visit your doctor
  • Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • Stay active — spend time walking or exercising with your partner
  • Eat healthy
  • Find ways to reduce your stress — reach out to friends and family who are parents and can provide you with support and advice

This is an exciting time for you. Your role as a parent is very important to the health and development of your baby, and you may have a lot of questions about caring for your newborn. Summit Community Care is here for you. You can find helpful information on getting and staying healthy, and preparing for parenthood below.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)
Health screenings for men
Immunizations
Healthy Eating Tips
Fitness: Getting and staying active
Getting ready to quit smoking?
Dealing with depression?
What is your stress level?
Is drinking getting in the way?
Partner support during pregnancy
From embryo to baby in 9 months
Baby’s daily needs: What to expect
Bonding with your newborn
Newborn growth and development

Helpful resources
Baby center:   Childbirth cheat sheet
March of Dimes: Information for new dads
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Smokefree.gov
National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Losing a baby is a very painful experience. If you are dealing with the loss of your baby, it is important to have a circle of support. Below are some resources you might find helpful.

CJ First Candle — Support for families who have had a pregnancy or infant loss
Call 1-800-221-7437. Grief counselors are on hand at no cost, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National SHARE — Pregnancy and infant loss support
Call 1-800-821-6819

MISS Foundation — Support and resources after the death of a child
Call 1-888-455-6477

You may have questions about sex, relationships, body changes, birth control or other topics. Getting regular checkups gives you a chance to ask your doctor these questions and talk about any other concerns. Ask your doctor if they can answer your questions without a parent in the room.

You can also find information and support online. Below are some sites you can visit to get accurate information about ways to stay healthy.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)
Teen health
Fitness: Getting and staying active
Quitting smoking
Bullying
Teen relationship abuse
HPV: Should I get the vaccine
Birth control for teens

Helpful resources
What is Teen health?
Take charge of your health:  A guide for teens
BAM! Body and Mind
Get important  Health information especially for teens
Am I in a healthy relationship?
Learn more about reproductive health for teens.
Explore birth control methods and get birth control and appointment reminders at Bedsider.org.
Everything you wanted to know about IUDs and the Implant at WhoopsProof.
Learn more about unintended pregnancy prevention.
Learn more about quitting smoking at teen.smokefree.gov.

There are several important steps you can take to stay healthy and strong throughout your life:

  • Going to your doctor and dentist regularly
  • Keeping vaccines up to date
  • Protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Planning for or preventing an unwanted pregnancy
  • Avoiding tobacco and alcohol
  • Staying active
  • Eating healthy

These are all important steps you can take to stay healthy and achieve your goals.

Health A to Z (Healthwise)

Women’s health
Birth control
Zika virus
Breast self-examination
Quitting smoking
Pap tests
Alcohol or drug use during pregnancy
Immunizations
Healthy Eating Tips
Fitness: Getting and staying active
How ready are you to quit smoking?
What is your stress level?
Is drinking getting in the way?
Are you depressed?

Helpful resources

Learn more about women’s reproductive health at https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth.
Decision in recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
My Reproductive Life Plan
Smoke free for women
National Tobacco Quit Line: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Pregnancy and childbirth apps


Useful Apps - Baby Center

Baby Center

Track your pregnancy and count down to baby’s arrival.


Useful Apps - Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Spark Recipes Healthy Recipes

Search and find more than 190,000 healthy recipes.


Useful Apps - CDC Show Your Love

CDC Show Your Love

Plan and prepare for pregnancy with health tips from the CDC.


Useful Apps - My Preemie

My Preemie

Get information and advice to help you care for a premature baby.


Useful Apps - MarchofDimes MyNICUBaby

March of Dimes My NICU Baby

Get answers, tools and support so you can focus on your baby during this time.

Useful Apps - CDC Milestone Tracker

CDC Milestone Tracker

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with this easy-to-use tracker from the CDC.


Interactive tools

Health Topics IT - From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months Col1

From Embryo to Baby in 9 Months

Watch how your baby grows and changes month by month inside the womb. 


 
 

My Advocate®

Maternal health education by phone, text, app or website.

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Healthy Rewards

Earn rewards for certain health checkups or screenings.

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Infant Safe Haven

Learn about safe-haven laws in your state and what to do if you can’t care for your newborn.

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