Maternal Services Program

The Maternal Services Programs of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment serve qualified pregnant women and their babies.

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Mission

To achieve optimal pregnancy outcomes for women in Larimer County through access to:

  • Early and appropriate prenatal services
  • Education on healthy behaviors and risk reduction during pregnancy
  • Postpartum family planning services
  • Support and professional guidance through the early stages of the child's growth and development

To achieve optimal outcomes for women in Larimer County by assuring access to early and appropriate prenatal services, promoting healthy behavior and risk reduction during pregnancy, and facilitating postpartum access to family planning services.

Services provided

  • Linking Financial assistance for prenatal care for uninsured, low-income pregnant women, who are eligible for Medicaid,. to financial assistance for prenatal care
  • Assistance in establishing immediate Medicaid pregnancy coverage while eligibility is being verified.
  • Assessment of the pregnant woman's individual and family needs related to the pregnancy and parenting,
  • Care coordination, prenatal health education, nutrition and counseling, and other counseling as needed
  • and Referral to community resources based on identified family needs.
  • Assistance in accessing community resources, such as housing, education, and food.
  • Education and support for breast-feeding.
  • Postpartum follow-up including education, counseling and home visits by a public health nurse.
  • Pregnancy tests. and family planning services

The Programs

  • Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP): Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women at or below 200% of the established poverty level who are having their first baby. If you are eligible and enroll, a specially trained nurse will visit you in your home throughout pregnancy and continue visits until your baby is 2 years old.
  • Prenatal Plus: For any Medicaid-eligible pregnant mom who is ready to consider lifestyle changes that positively influence her pregnancy. Each mom sets her own goals and Health Department staff provide support and guidance through the pregnancy until the baby is two months old.
  • Home Visitation Program: Registered nurses make two home visits to moms and dads of newborn babies. Women who have been on Medicaid during the pregnancy are eligible. Visits are made at 1 week and 5 - 6 weeks old. RNs provide health assessments along with personalized education and support.
  • The Nuturing Program: For pregnant women or mothers who receive services from both the Department of Human Services and the Health Department; who may be going through a high-risk pregnancy, who may be experiencing life problems that can affect the pregnancy, or who has had a high risk delivery within the past six months. The program is designed to serve mothers who have been involved in community programs such as truancy, abuse, neglect, violence issues, child protection, foster care or the judicial system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I get assistance with finding and paying for prenatal care?
    Call the Healthy Communities (Children's Medicaid) office at (970) 498-6755.
  2. Who is eligible to receive these maternity al services?
    For some programs women must meet Medicaid guidelines, but not for all. We encourage pregnant women to contact us and fill out an application to see if they qualify for a particular program.
  3. How can I find a doctor or midwife who accepts new patients?
    Our staff will assist you in making an appointment with a provider in your community. We will explain all the services that you might be eligible to receive.
  4. Are services available for pregnant teens who live with parents or guardians?
    Eligibility requirements for teens are the same as for adults. For some programs, the income of the teen's parents is considered in determining eligibility. For teens applying for Nurse-Family Partnership, parental income is not considered. As with adults, teenagers are encouraged to meet with one of our staff who will work with you to determine what programs you are eligible for and which programs can help you.
  5. What if I have questions about my pregnancy or breastfeeding?
    Each staff member is educated to offer guidance and answers to questionsOur knowledgeable staff can offer information and guidance about pregnancy, breastfeeding, or many other questions you may have about parenting.

Contact

Linda Diede, RN, MSN
Supervisor, Maternal Services Program
Larimer County Department of Health & Environment
(970) 498-6736
diedelk@co.larimer.co.us

Brenda Graves, RN
Supervisor, Nurse-Family Partnership
Larimer County Department of Health & Environment
(970) 498-6736
gravesbk@co.larimer.co.us

Loveland Office: (970)-679-4580
Estes Park Office: (970)-577-2050