Strong Start

PCC is proud to participate in AABC Strong Start, a program to help give newborns a strong start on life. Sponsored by the American Association of Birth Centers, the AABC Strong Start program is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

What is Strong Start?

Strong Start is a free program aimed at helping pregnant women who are receiving prenatal care from PCC midwives to lower their risk of preterm birth. Strong Start's goal is to help a woman to have the healthiest baby possible by giving her the support, help, and knowledge to become and stay healthy during pregnancy. PCC is using the Strong Start program to track and record data about the prenatal condition of its participants to learn more about how to prevent preterm births in the future.

Participants in Strong Start are provided individual support from midwives and Mentor Moms. The team recommends lifestyle changes such as managing stress and eating right in order for participants to stay healthy for the wellbeing of their babies. A participant will meet with her Mentor Mom during pregnancy and during the postpartum period.

Who qualifies for Strong Start?

A pregnant woman can qualify to receive Strong Start services at no cost if she has Medicaid or CHIP insurance coverage for the pregnancy and is receiving prenatal care from a midwife at PCC. Women can deliver at either the Birth Center at PCC or West Suburban Medical Center.

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For additional information, visit AABC Strong Start

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