Women's Health Services
Picking an OB/GYN
Female members may see an AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana obstetrician and/or gynecologist (OB/GYN) for women’s health needs. These services include well-woman visits, prenatal care (visits while you are pregnant), care for any female medical condition, and family planning. You do not need a referral to see an AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana network OB/GYN.
Well-woman visits are important for good health for adult women. Mammograms and cervical cancer screenings (Pap tests) are important steps in maintaining a woman’s health. Contact your PCP or OB/GYN for help with well-woman visits and tests.
What to do if you think you are pregnant
If you think you are pregnant, call your PCP or OB/GYN right away. It is very important you see your PCP or OB/GYN when you are pregnant. We call this "prenatal care." It helps you and your baby stay healthy.
If you do not have an OB/GYN, contact Member Services at 1-888-756-0004 for help picking an OB/GYN. While you are pregnant, your OB/GYN can become your PCP.
Bright Start® maternity care program
Early and complete health care before your child's birth is the key to having a healthy baby. Bright Start by AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana helps moms-to-be make healthy choices for themselves and their unborn babies. Any member who is pregnant can join the Bright Start program at no cost.
Most babies are born through vaginal birth, reports the March of Dimes (MOD). This is the best way to have your baby if you do not have medical reasons to have a cesarean section (C-section), says MOD. A C-section is the surgical delivery of a baby through a cut your doctor makes in your abdomen (belly) and uterus (womb). But you could need to have a C-section if there are problems with your or your baby’s health. Your doctor may have other reasons to recommend a C-section.
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is dedicated to healthy moms and babies. After you have a baby it is important to take these steps for keeping you and your baby healthy:
- Make a postpartum OB/GYN appointment.
- Notify AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana that you had your baby.
- Choose a doctor for your baby.
- Schedule your baby’s first doctor appointment.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The WIC nutrition program can help you find the right foods for you and your baby. The program is designed to teach you the importance of good nutrition. It will show you how to eat healthy. You could qualify for food packages that meet your special nutritional needs as a new mom.
Call 1-800-251-2229 to find out how to apply.