Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section
Maternal and Child Health Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721
Finding out that you are pregnant can be exciting and scary. Your baby is growing and your body is changing. The more you know about what is happening the more in control you feel.
To find more information on physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, follow the links below:
One of the most important things you can do is choose a health care provider to take care of you throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care (Office on Women’s Health, 2012).
Prenatal care providers can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. Healthcare providers can also talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life.
Your Local Health Department can assist you in locating affordable prenatal care or a health care provider.
Medicaid provides medical coverage to low income pregnant women. Medicaid eligibility is determined by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Healthy Start includes targeted support services that address identified risks. The range of Healthy Start services available to pregnant women, infants and children up to age three include:
- Information, referral and ongoing care coordination and support to assure access to needed services
- Psychosocial, nutritional and smoking cessation counseling
- Childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting support and education
- Home visiting
Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women (PEPW)
Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women (PEPW) is a process that offers temporary coverage of prenatal care services to pregnant women while their Medicaid applications are pending. Approval for PEPW is NOT the same as being approved for Medicaid. Your PEPW coverage is only temporary while you submit a Medicaid application and your Medicaid application is pending. The goal of the PEPW program is to offer health care to women early in their pregnancies, so they stay healthy and have healthy babies.
PEPW is for pregnant women who are not currently receiving Medicaid, and whose family income is below a certain amount. If you are pregnant and think you will need help from Medicaid, you should contact your local health department and ask for help applying for PEPW and Medicaid.