Prenatal Plus Program
An in-home psychotherapeutic program for pregnant women who are at risk of negative maternal or infant health outcomes. It promotes healthy home environments that increase productive family lives.
Pre-Natal Plus is a home visiting program that provides services to pregnant women who are at risk of having a low birth weight baby or other poor birth outcomes. Services include case management, nutrition guidance, and psychosocial counseling to pregnant women in Palm Beach County. Pre-Natal Plus services are provided in addition to a women’s regular pre-natal care from her physician.
Participants are eligible to receive supportive services from a Care Coordinator/Nurse, a Mental Health Clinician, and a Registered Dietician. Each member of the team conducts an initial assessment of the client and develops a plan of care for ongoing services. Team Members work together to empower the expectant mother to make lifestyle changes that positively impact her pregnancy resulting in healthier infants.
The team works with each woman to:
- Improve her psychosocial, nutritional, and health status
- Assist in developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles during pregnancy and beyond; and
- Increase her ability to appropriately use resources, including medical and social services.
Participants can be self-referred, referred from a medical provider, or from their score on the Healthy Start Pre-Natal Risk Screen Assessment that is filled out at a woman’s first pre-natal appointment. Women can start the program up to 28 weeks gestation. There are no income guidelines to receive services. Pre-Natal Plus is funded by the Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Palm Beach County. The Pre-Natal Plus Program uses Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) to demonstrate that the expectant mothers are benefiting from the behavioral health services they are receiving.