Goal: to reduce the non-medical risks that contribute to difficulties during pregnancy or child birth.
A Maternity Case Manager helps a pregnant woman with health, social, economic and dietary needs during her pregnancy and assists her in planning for a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery. MCM services include evaluating the woman's strengths and discussing her risk factors and concerns to assist her in achieving a healthy pregnancy. Referrals to local community resources and programs are offered if necessary. There are seven required training topics of the MCM program. They are:
MCMs conduct prenatal and postpartum (after the baby is born) visits with their client, usually in the Public Health setting with one or more visits occurring in the home to determine safety, nutrition status, emotional needs, relationship support and provide education, counseling, and referrals as needed. MCMs help clients set goals for making healthy lifestyle choices and fostering personal growth.
MCMs identify pregnancy problems or illnesses which the woman my have. Immediate referrals to additional prenatal care providers is offered if needed. They offer drug, alcohol and tobacco education referral services, along with the "5As", to help pregnant women quit tobacco use during and post pregnancy. All pregnant women are eligable for MCM services.
More detailed program information: Oregon Department of Human Services