Healthy Beginnings supports the commitment of Lancaster General Health in providing translation to all patients who have a preferred language other than English. Patients are asked from the first encounter what language they prefer. This provides more effective channels for education and care. Healthy Beginnings has secretaries, RNs, Nutritionists and Social Workers who are fully bi-lingual in Spanish.
For other languages we use other translation services that protect the privacy and dignity of all. Healthy Beginnings helps to provide translation for the Hearing Impaired.
To help you eat well, our dietitians can talk with you about good food and drink choices, portion sizes, weight gain during pregnancy, foods to limit, and other topics. Just let your nurse or social worker know if you would like to use this service or call one of our dietitians at 544-4832 or 544-8123.
Help to Quit Smoking
All of the Nurses and Social Workers are trained to help you lower the amount of cigarettes you are smoking or to quit! You will be given information that will let you know why it is a good reason to quit smoking for your baby’s health both while inside and outside your body. You will also be told about the effects of smoke on your baby’s lungs even if you do not smoke but those around you and your baby do. We want to work with you and will encourage even small steps to good choices with tobacco use. There may be small incentives to reward healthy behaviors.
CenteringPregnancy® is a nationally recognized model of prenatal care that brings together a group of pregnant women with similar due dates and their healthcare providers. During two-hour appointments you receive one-on-one time with your provider, form supportive relationships with other women, and learn about prenatal care, the birth process, newborn care, breastfeeding, overall health, and stress management. CenteringPregnancy® classes are held at Downtown Family Medicine and May-Grant Associates.
Nurse Family Partnership Program
Nurse Family Partnership is free for any woman who is 28 weeks pregnant or less, expecting her first baby, meets income requirements, and lives in Lancaster County. When you enroll in the program you will be connected to your own personal, registered nurse who will provide the support, advice and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and be a great mom.
Your nurse will help you learn about breastfeeding, nutrition, child development, baby safe-sleep and soothing techniques that make you a more confident mom. Your nurse will also help you get referrals for health care, child care, job training and other services available in the community. She will support you as you continue your education, develop job skills, and pursue your goals for personal development. The father of the baby, family members, and friends are welcome to participate in the program; but as the mom, you are the main focus.
Free Pregnancy Testing
Free walk in pregnancy testing is done at the Healthy Beginnings Office. If you have a positive pregnancy test you will be given options for care based on your choice. If you want to begin prenatal care you can get an appointment with one of the providers Healthy Beginnings works with. If it is negative test follow-up information will be provided and information on contraceptives is offered.
Women’s Health Clinic
This clinic provides care for women who need pap tests, breast exams, STD testing (for women and men), and other preventative services. You will be assisted in obtaining Select Plan insurance which will cover basic contraceptive services.