As part of Grand View Health’s Birth & Family Center, Healthy Beginnings Plus provides prenatal care for low-income women at no cost. We know how important your baby’s health is to you, and our Health Beginnings Plus healthcare team—comprised of a board-certified OB-GYN, social worker, dietician and registered nurse—is dedicated to providing individualized services to expectant women. Through this program, you will receive laboratory testing, ultrasounds and other specialized studies. Prenatal education classes, breastfeeding and smoking cessation classes are also offered at no charge.

If you have questions or are concerned about the medical assistance application process, contact us at 215-453-4077. You can receive prenatal care while you are waiting for a decision about qualifying for the Healthy Beginnings Plus program. If you do not qualify, you may elect to use the Grand View Health Medical Assistance plan.

Services Available at No Cost

  • All necessary laboratory and ultrasound testing
  • Childbirth and parenting classes, including special classes and support groups for teens
  • Counseling and education to help you stop smoking
  • Instruction on what changes to expect during pregnancy
  • Instruction on how to take care of yourself and your baby
  • Nutritional counseling to help you to eat well while pregnant
  • Postpartum examination six weeks after your baby is born
  • Prenatal vitamins and other prescription medications
  • Social work services to help with any problems you are having
  • Special arrangements for those without transportation so prenatal appointments are not missed
  • Referrals to community services such as WIC
  • Referrals to mental health services such as drug and alcohol counseling and treatment for depression or anxiety
  • Referral to perinatologists if genetic testing is needed
  • Referrals for continued gynecological care

Do I Qualify for Healthy Beginnings Plus?

Many women do not realize that they qualify for free medical care during pregnancy through the Healthy Beginnings Plus program. Our staff can tell you if you are eligible based on your family income.

Where Will My Baby Be Born?

You will give birth to your baby at Grand View Health. All services for you and your baby during your hospital stay are covered by the program. You will have the comfort of knowing that, should special needs arise, Grand View offers a Level II nursery, providing more intensive newborn care, and 24 hour-a-day coverage by pediatricians from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Continued Care After Your Baby is Born

When you and your baby go home, a maternity home-care nurse will visit you. She will check on you and your baby. She will also address any health care needs you might have concerning the baby or yourself after giving birth.