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Prenatal Care

When it comes to prenatal care it is important to know:

  • how important it is to receive it early in the pregnancy

  • in most cases the state, if needed, will pay for the majority if not all, of the medical costs

  • some pregnancy centers (like ours) offer a prenatal care program to assist clients

Why is prenatal care important?
Doctors can spot health problems when they see mothers regularly and early treatment can potentially cure 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.

Do you offer prenatal care?
Yes. We offer on-site prenatal care for our clients. All clinic appointments are held at our facility and any hospital visits (for lab work and labor & delivery) are held at Hudson Hospital or St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. The clinic visits and ultrasounds are free of charge and we have an experienced staff to assist you in applying for medical insurance, taking care of necessary prenatal lab work, pregnancy education, preparing for childbirth and parenting, and so much more. If you are interested in being a part of our program, call us to set up an appointment.

When should a pregnant woman have her first prenatal appointment?
It is beneficial for a pregnant woman to schedule her first prenatal appointment between 9-11 weeks and to receive an early ultrasound. Ultrasounds in the first 10 weeks are the most accurate predictor of conception and due dates.

I don’t have health insurance. Will the state cover my prenatal care costs?
State Aid, referred to as MNSure in Minnesota and BadgerCare in Wisconsin, may be given to pregnant woman who are eligible based on their level of income. To see if you qualify, visit the MNSure or BadgerCare web sites, or contact us to see how we are able to assist you.

I don't have health insurance. How do I apply?

Applying for state medical insurance includes an application and multiple proofs. Filling out the application correctly with all the right proofs can be confusing---but we can help. Our staff includes trained MNSure Community Assisters to assist you in applying for MNSure and are also able to assist with online BadgerCare applications. Contact the center today for further information.

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