During Pregnancy (Prenatal)


Pregnancy is a very exciting time; it is a time full of changes to your body, to your developing baby and to your life in general. With all of these changes occurring, it can be confusing to know what is best for you and your baby. Taking care of yourself during this time is important for the health of your baby and your health too! There are services and information available that can help you during your pregnancy.


Your Healthy Pregnancy
As a reminder from the “Before Pregnancy” section of this site, your health is very important to your growing baby.


Here are a few things to remember:

  • Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of Folic Acid everyday
  • Healthy Eating and Healthy Weight
  • Regular Physical Activity and Stress Reduction
  • Stop using Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
  • Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence
  • Avoid Hazards and Infections
  • Oral Health
  • Mental Health

Please contact or visit your healthcare provider for more information and specific instructions.


Prenatal Care
Early prenatal care is very important, so as soon as you realize you are pregnant, visit your healthcare provider for your first prenatal visit. Prenatal care is the care you receive during your pregnancy. Women who attend their prenatal appointments usually have healthier babies than those who do not. It is important to attend all of your prenatal appointments, even if you feel fine.

To find an Obstetrician, Nurse Midwife or Family Practice Physician who delivers babies, visit the hospital website listed below and then call for an appointment. Call us at NCPPC if you need help in finding a Prenatal Care Provider.


Having trouble finding insurance coverage for you pregnancy? The Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP) or Medicaid Obstetrical and Maternal Services (MOMS) may be right for you. PCAP/MOMS provide insurance coverage for complete medical care during pregnancy, delivery and for at least two months after delivery.


Early and regular check-ups are important for you and your baby’s health, so call the location closest to you.

Jefferson County
Public Health Service (315) 786-3720
Carthage Area Hospital Women's Way to Wellness- (315) 493-3100

Lewis County
Public Health Department (315) 376-5453

St. Lawrence County
Claxton-Hepburn Medical
Center Maternal Care Center- (315) 393-5998
Public Health Department- (315) 386-2325

Or call the New York State Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-(800) 522-5006


Find information and resources for any stage of pregnancy:

Before Pregnancy During Pregnancy
You and Your New Baby Just for Dads

NCPPC offers a variety of Prenatal and Perinatal Services throughout Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. These initiatives include extensive outreach and education for the community and for health and human service providers.