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Maternity Care

Healthy Childbirth and Infancy

If you are pregnant, no matter your insurance status, contact us for more information about your maternal healthcare options. Learn more about our Henrico Maternal Navigation services below.

For healthy pregnancy and healthy baby information visit http://womenshealth.gov/pregnancy.

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Every mom and dad wants a healthy baby.

We want that for you, too. You can cut your risk of premature birth and complications by taking care of your baby before it’s born. It’s a proven fact that many birth complications can be prevented with early and continued prenatal care. When you learn that you are pregnant, make sure that you:

• See a doctor or healthcare provider within the first three months of pregnancy
• Keep your appointments
• Eat properly by eating nutritious foods
• Don’t smoke or drink alcohol
• Avoid stress and activities that could result in physical injury
• Learn the warning signs of preterm labor

CONTACT INFORMATION

Henrico Health Dept.
West Clinic

8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

Henrico Health Dept.
East Clinic

1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

Open Monday-Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


 

Maternity Navigation

CALL NOW!
Henrico County Health Department
804-501-5520

Richmond City Health District
804-482-5454

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are here to help new moms connect to prenatal care.  If you are pregnant and not sure what to do next please contact us!  Our bilingual (English/Spanish)social workers provide maternity case management focused on early access to prenatal care.

We specialize in connecting uninsured pregnant women to:

  1. Prenatal care
  2. Pregnancy education
  3. Pregnancy tests (Henrico only)
  4. Healthcare coverage assistance
  5. Financial assistance options
  6. Connection to community resources.

Coming Soon

  • Medicaid Application assistance
  • Richmond pregnancy testing
  • RN case management

 

Navegación de maternidad

¡LLAME AHORA!
Henrico Departamento de Salud
804-501-5520

Richmond Distrito de Salud
804-482-5454

Los distritos de salud de Richmond y Henrico pueden ayudar a las nuevas madres a conectarse con la atención prenatal. Si está embarazada y necesita ayuda, ¡contáctenos! Nuestros trabajadores sociales bilingües (inglés / español) lideran la gestión de casos de maternidad centrada en el acceso temprano a la atención prenatal.

Nos especializamos en conectar a mujeres embarazadas sin seguro médico con:

  1. Atención prenatal
  2. Educación sobre el embarazo
  3. Pruebas de embarazo (solo Henrico)
  4. Asistencia con seguro médico
  5. Opciones de asistencia financiera
  6. Conexión a los recursos comunitarios.

Próximamente

  • Asistencia con la solicitud de Medicaid
  • Pruebas de embarazo (Richmond)
  • Manejo de casos por enfermeras registradas

 

 

Introducing: Community-Based Doula Program

Are you a pregnant person who identifies as black or African-American*? You might be eligible to receive FREE support services from a community-based doula.

The Richmond City/Henrico County Health Departments are now offering a community-based doula program for black-identifying pregnant people in Henrico County. A community-based doula is a trained labor support person who comes from the same culture and background as the person giving birth. As trusted community members, community-based doulas perform home visits, help connect persons giving birth to local social services, and providing a holistic approach focusing on prenatal and postnatal health.

How does the program work?

If you qualify and are accepted into this program, you will receive free Doula care through one of our community partners: Birth in Color RVA or Urban Baby Beginnings. Both of these local organizations have well-trained, community-based doulas, and are dedicated to improving maternal and child health in Richmond and Henrico.

To apply for the Doula Program, you can:

 

DOULA PROGRAM CONTACT

(804) 482-8008

mch_rchchd@vdh.virginia.gov

Birth in Color RVA

Urban Baby Beginnings

 

 

 

Doula Program FAQS

What is a doula?
  • Community-based doula” means a doula who often has shared lived experiences with and is trained to provide emotional, physical, and culturally informed support to families before, during, and after pregnancy. Community-based doulas provide a wide range of services and play an important role in improving outcomes and experiences for communities most affected by discrimination and health inequality.
  • Doulas provide information (like health education, pre/post-natal resources and referrals), emotional support (like relaxation and calming techniques), communication (between the person giving birth and health providers, supportive decision making), and hands-on support (massage, hydrotherapy).
 
Is a doula different from a midwife?
  • Midwives are health care practitioners who provide the person giving birth with the necessary medical support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period. Doulas are trained to provide evidence-based information, emotional and physical non-medical support before, during, and after labor.
  • Both a midwife and a doula can be used on your birth team.
 
What is different about a community-based doula?
  • A community-based doula is a trained labor support person who comes from the same culture and background as the person giving birth. As trusted community members, community-based doulas can perform home visits, help connect persons giving birth to local social services, and provide a holistic approach focusing on prenatal and postnatal health.
  • Community-based doulas of color can help a person giving birth navigate structural racism in healthcare.
 
What are the benefits of having a doula?
  • Improved maternal and infant health
    • In studies, Doulas have been associated with: more spontaneous vaginal births, higher satisfaction with the birth experience, increased breastfeeding initiation, and shorter labor.
    • Doulas have also been shown to lessen the chance of low birth weight and infant/maternal mortality.
    • On average, people who use doula services have fewer c-sections and require less use of pain medication during delivery.
  • Increased satisfaction and engagement with maternity care
  • Decrease in health disparities and lesser effect of stressors (from racial discrimination, food insecurity, poverty, etc.) on the birth process
  • Decreased healthcare spending (because Doulas can reduce the number of c-sections, repeat c-sections, epidurals, birth complications, and chronic conditions, they can decrease the cost of maternity care for both private insurance and Medicaid)
 
How much will these services cost clients?
  • Clients in this program will receive services free of charge.
  • Doulas will be paid by a grant received by the Richmond and Henrico Health Departments.
 
Who is at risk for poor birth outcomes?
 
  • The US has one of the highest rates of maternal death compared to other developed countries.
  • Black persons giving birth in the US have maternal death rates more than double that of white persons giving birth, regardless of socioeconomic status.
  • Black, immigrant, low-income, under-insured/uninsured, and Medicaid-recipient people giving birth are at the highest risk for poor birth outcomes and face the most barriers to getting doula care.
 
*Who qualifies to receive services?
  • People who identify as black/African American/Afro-Latinx, live in Henrico County,  plan to give birth in the Greater Richmond Area, and are low-income (qualify for WIC).
 
What if I am planning to have a normal hospital birth/not natural birth/c-section/want medication?
  • Doulas can provide physical and emotional support to all different types of births, and are there to help the person giving birth and support their birth plan.
 
Do I need a doula if my partner will be there supporting me?
  • Doulas do not take the place of a supportive partner. Rather, they are there during the delivery to support both the person giving birth and their partner/family, as well as before and after birth.
 
How will the Covid-19 Pandemic impact the service I receive through this program?
  • This program allows for virtual doula visits if necessary due to Covid-19 precautions.
 
How many visits does the doula have with clients?
  • Doulas will have up to 8 prenatal/postpartum visits with each client.
 
What is the difference between this program and a home visiting program?
  • Home visiting programs provide education and guidance to families and their children to help promote healthy parent-child attachment starting from pregnancy throughout a child’s early years. Community-based doulas are focused on providing information, advocacy, and support for the birthing person before, during, and just shortly after birth. Both home-visiting and doulas can work together to help the person giving birth have the best possible outcome.

 

Greater Richmond Regional Maternal Child Health Collective Impact Taskforce

Mission

Improve maternal and infant health outcomes and eliminate disparities through collaborative action as members of the Greater Richmond Regional Maternal Child Health Taskforce.

History

In summer 2019, the Richmond City Health Department, with mayoral support, convened a group of community members, nonprofit organizations, legislative representatives, and health and social service providers in the City of Richmond to address racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. In response to this request, these individuals and entities organized to form a collective impact group, the Greater Richmond Regional Maternal Child Health Taskforce, which has been meeting since June 2019.

What is Collective Impact?

Collective impact is a way for many collaborators and stakeholders to work together efficiently and effectively to address complex problems, bring people together, and achieve social change.

A collective impact task force is made of participants who have shared goals and a commitment to achieving positive change. Participants track progress with shared measures, build trust with continuous communication, and engage in mutually reinforcing activities to support and learn from each other, while also maximizing their end result. Finally, a collect impact taskforce benefits from “backbone support” which can be a single organization or many actors that provide administrative and financial support to ensure the initiative stays focused and moves forward.

Steering Committee Members

 

Amy Popovich, RN MSN
Nurse Manager
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond and Henrico Health Districts

Emily Schreer
Public Health Associate, Maternal Child Health
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond City Health District

Kenda Sutton-EL, CLC, Student Midwife, Certified Full Spectrum Doula
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Birth in Color RVA

LaWanda Dunn BSN, RN/PHN
Supervisor
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond City Health District

Leslie Lytle
Founder & Executive Director
Nurture RVA

Nikiya Ellis
Cofounder, Co-Director & Certified Full Spectrum Doula
Birth in Color RVA

Osita Iroegbu
Senior Policy Advisor
Community Engagement, Inclusion and Equity
Office of Mayor Levar M. Stoney

Phyllis Bradley, MSW, MA, ECD, EDS, QMHP-A, QMRP-C
Director, Early Childhood Development
Urban Baby Beginnings

Whitney E. Tidwell, MPH, BSN, RN
Public Health Nurse, Maternal Child Health
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond City Health District

 

Work Group Goals and Leads

Doula Workgroup

  • Goal: To establish training and certification guidelines for doulas; determine the minimum qualifications/core competencies; set doula fund eligibility requirements.
  • Leads: Phyllis Bradley and Nikiya Ellis

Family Planning Workgroup

  • Goal: To increase access to family planning services; Increase the number of women enrolled in Medicaid; Promote whole woman wellness models and cultural humility training for providers.

Integrated Care Workgroup:

  • Goal: Create an integrated care model considering potential costs, positions needed, and resources needed (funding sources, policy changes); create an online platform for resources and information to support access to care and information about family planning options.
  • Leads: Leslie Lytle and Kenda Sutton-EL
Work Group Documents:

 

 

 

Contact Us

Health

Henrico Health Dept.
West Clinic

8600 Dixon Powers Dr.
Henrico, VA 23228

Henrico Health Dept.
East Clinic

1400 N. Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

COVID VACCINATION & TESTING HOTLINE
(804) 205-3501
West End Main
(804) 501-4522
West End Clinic
(804) 501-4651
East End Clinic
(804) 652-3190

Shrader Rd WIC
(804) 501-1610
East End WIC
(804) 652-3180

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Mailing Address
P. O. Box 90775
Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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Henrico, VA 23228

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