If you are an expectant mother who is eligible for Medical Assistance, Healthy Beginnings Plus (HBP) is a free program we offer to help you have a healthy pregnancy and give your baby a good start in life. As a participant in HBP you will have a healthcare team dedicated to your individual needs. Your team will include a doctor or certified nurse midwife, a nurse care coordinator, and a social worker.

HBP helps assure you and your baby receive the best medical care possible. In addition to checkups, we offer childbirth, exercise, nutrition, and breastfeeding classes.

Eligibility

  • You are pregnant
  • You are eligible for medical assistance — Apply online and click on Apply for Benefits

If you do not have insurance, or your insurance does not fully cover prenatal care, please contact us for more information at 717-544-4305.

Services to Fit Your Needs

Your Healthy Beginnings Plus health care team provides personalized care to fit your unique needs. The following services are available to you when you are enrolled with the HBP program:

Your doctor or certified nurse midwife will:

  • Provide complete prenatal care during your pregnancy
  • Offer Centering Prenatal Care, a program that brings together pregnant women with similar due dates and their healthcare providers (available at some locations)
  • Deliver your baby
  • Provide postpartum care and family planning

Your nurse care coordinator will:

  • Help you understand the changes in your body during pregnancy
  • Show you how your baby grows and develops during pregnancy
  • Teach you how to eat well for yourself and your baby
  • Make sure you get the care you need during your pregnancy
  • Prepare you for your labor and delivery experience
  • Prepare you for bringing your new baby home
  • Provide counseling to help you quit smoking
  • Provide healthcare education right in your home, if desired

Your social worker will:

  • Help you apply for Medical Assistance
  • Provide supportive counseling in your home, or at the HBP office
  • Offer drug/alcohol counseling, if needed
  • Assist with your transportation needs
  • Prepare you and your family for bringing your new baby home
  • Help you with your concerns after the baby is born
  • Provide you with information on available community resources
  • Provide counseling to help you quit smoking
 

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