The following services are available to you when you are enrolled with the Healthy Beginnings Plus (HBP) program:
Healthy Beginnings Plus supports the commitment of Lancaster General Health in providing translation to all patients who have a preferred language other than English. Patients are asked from the first encounter what language they prefer. This provides more effective channels for education and care. Healthy Beginnings Plus has secretaries, RNs, nutritionists and social workers who are fully bilingual in Spanish.
For other languages we use other translation services that protect the privacy and dignity of all. Healthy Beginnings Plus helps to provide translation for the hearing impaired.
To help you eat well, our dietitians can talk with you about good food and drink choices, portion sizes, weight gain during pregnancy, foods to limit, and other topics. Just let your nurse or social worker know if you would like to use this service, or call one of our dietitians at 717-544-4832 or 717-544-8123.
Help to Quit Smoking
All of the nurses and social workers are trained to help you reduce the number of cigarettes you are smoking or quit. You will be given information to help you understand why it is a good idea to quit smoking for your baby’s health, both while pregnant and after your baby is born. You will also be told about the effects of smoke on your baby’s lungs, even if you do not smoke but those around you and your baby do. We want to work with you and will encourage even small steps toward good choices about tobacco use. There may be small incentives to reward healthy behaviors.
CenteringPregnancy® is a nationally recognized model of prenatal care that brings together a group of pregnant women with similar due dates and their healthcare providers. During two-hour appointments you receive one-on-one time with your provider, form supportive relationships with other women, and learn about prenatal care, the birth process, newborn care, breastfeeding, overall health, and stress management. CenteringPregnancy® classes are held at Downtown Family Medicine and May-Grant Associates.
Nurse Family Partnership Program
Nurse-Family Partnership is a free program that helps first-time, low-income mothers and their infants receive healthcare services, health education, emotional support, and guidance. When you enroll, you will be connected to your own personal, registered nurse who will visit you in the privacy of your home throughout your pregnancy and until your baby is two years old. Your nurse will provide the support, advice and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, and be a great mom.
Your nurse will help you learn about breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, and safe sleep and soothing techniques to make you a more confident mom. Your nurse will also help you get referrals for healthcare, child care, job training and other services available in the community. She will support you as you continue your education, develop job skills, and pursue your goals for personal development. The father of the baby, family members, and friends are welcome to participate in the program — but as the mom, you are the main focus. Eligible women may participate in both Healthy Beginnings Plus and Nurse-Family Partnership.
If interested, please call 717-544-1952 before your 28th week of pregnancy.
Free Pregnancy Testing
Free, walk-in pregnancy testing is done at the Healthy Beginnings Plus office. If you have a positive pregnancy test you will be given options for care based on your choice. If you want to begin prenatal care you can get an appointment with one of the providers Healthy Beginnings Plus works with. If it is negative test, follow-up information will be provided and information on contraceptives is offered.
Women’s Health Clinic
This clinic provides care for women who need pap tests, breast exams, STD testing (for women and men), and other preventative services. You will be assisted in obtaining Select Plan insurance which will cover basic contraceptive services.
Baby Care Basics — Your baby has arrived, now what? Our childbirth educator will guide you through the first foggy days by explaining what you can expect during your baby's hospital stay, including newborn and rooming in procedures. She'll also help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn by demonstrating bathing, swaddling, and diapering techniques. Developmental milestones, brain development, feeding, health promotion, and safety will also be reviewed so you can go home as prepared as you are proud! A partner can join you at no additional charge.
Breastfeeding — There are many reasons to breastfeed, but it can be a frustrating experience if you're not prepared. Join our certified lactation consultant to learn why breastfeeding is so beneficial for your baby and to get practical how-to information that will help you continue to breastfeed after you leave the hospital. We'll also discuss the emotional and physical effects of nursing on both you and your baby. You are encouraged to bring a support person (there's no extra charge).
Childbirth Education — Are you feeling excited, nervous or unprepared? We can help! Our team of childbirth educators is ready to guide you through a preparation process that is just right for you. We'll talk about pregnancy, relaxation, breathing techniques, as well as medical options and practices. We'll also discuss the overall process of labor and delivery, and the immediate postpartum period. During this class you will have plenty of time to build your knowledge, practice the different techniques, and get to know other parents-to-be. A partner is welcome to attend at no extra charge, please mention when registering so we can have enough seating.
Several options are available. Please contact your nurse care coordinator for up-to-date information.
Pregnancy Yoga — Pregnancy is a special time, and yoga is an ideal way to get in touch with your changing body and deepen your connection with your unborn baby. In this class, you can enjoy a community of other mothers-to-be as you relax your body and mind through gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning, and meditation. You can also learn how to use yoga to prepare for your labor and delivery. This class meets 6 times.
Swimming Classes — Available to Healthy Beginnings Plus clients through a partnership with the Lancaster and Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA. The YMCA invites expectant mothers to participate in any aquatics program. A minimum of 6 participants is needed to hold the class.
View a schedule of the YMCA classes offered.
Walking Club — Join other expectant mothers, and children in strollers, as a Healthy Beginnings Plus nurse leads you on a 45-minute walk to Lancaster City destinations. A healthy snack and water is provided. This class is seasonal. Please contact your nurse care coordinator for more information.
CenteringPregnancy is a nationally recognized model of prenatal care that brings together a group of pregnant women with similar due dates and their healthcare providers. During two-hour appointments you receive one-on-one time with your provider, form supportive relationships with other women, and learn about prenatal care, the birth process, newborn care, breastfeeding, overall health, and stress management. CenteringPregnancy classes are held at Downtown Family Medicine and May-Grant Associates.