Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Prenatal Support Services Department cares about expecting parents and their growing families. In addition to providing affordable, culturally competent medical care, we educate, nurture and support parents from conception to the months after birth through a multidisciplinary team of nutritionists, social workers, childbirth educators and lactation educators.
Services Offered At:
- National City Family Health Center
- El Cajon Family Health Center
- North Park Family Health Center
- Logan Heights Family Health Center
- Lemon Grove Family Health Center
- Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center
- Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center
- City Heights Family Health Center
- Chula Vista Family Health Center
- Beach Area Family Health Center
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Our team of board certified OB/GYNs and support staff provide medical care and case management to coordinate a patient’s entire pregnancy and after delivery care. This includes: pregnancy testing and counseling, medical care, ultrasounds, lab tests, referrals, postpartum visits and pediatric transition. We deliver babies at either the award-winning Scripps Mercy Hospital or Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Prenatal case managers help our patients by facilitating health care services through assessment, planning and coordination to meet the patient’s comprehensive needs.
Childbirth Health Education+
Patients receive individual counseling to review physical changes during pregnancy and postpartum, common discomforts, fetal development, signs of labor, hospital registration process, family planning options and more.
Patients meet with a nutritionist or registered dietitian to learn how to make healthy food choices and understand how these choices affect their developing baby. Nutritionists also discuss appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and ways to lose weight after the baby is born.
For more information about nutrition counseling, click here.
Car Seat Safety Education+
Our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will teach you the five key points to safely installing your car seat as well as explain California safety laws and perform car seat installation.
Our Baby Boutique program was founded to encourage new and expecting moms to follow through postpartum care and infant health education that teach the basics of infant care, including breastfeeding and nutrition.
The Baby Boutique accepts in-kind donations of new or gently used baby items. We encourage those interested to consider hosting a “Baby Shower” where all gifts go to the Baby Boutique. This is a great way to encourage family and friend participation while also donating to this great program!
To learn more about this program, or to find out what items can be donated, click here.
Breastfeeding Education and Support+
Lactation educators provide information about the benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect the first few weeks after delivery, how to produce enough milk, how to use and apply for a free breast pump and more. Lactation educators are also available to provide support after the baby is born.
Your doctor may prescribe you aspirin during your pregnancy. This medication is typically used to treat pain and reduce fever and inflammation. But there are also many other reasons why a doctor may prescribe aspirin. During pregnancy, taking a low dose of aspirin is a safe and inexpensive way to reduce the risk of preeclampsia, or dangerous high blood pressure, and to help ensure you deliver a healthy baby.
For more information about aspirin during pregnancy, click here.
Prenatal yoga is designed to help women move through pregnancy, delivery and recovery with greater ease and strength. Studies show that women who practice yoga throughout their pregnancy generally have easier childbirth.
For more information about prenatal yoga, or to reserve your spot, click here.