Healthy Start for Newborns

For the vulnerable, underserved population of pregnant women in Solano County, quality prenatal care is elusive and sometimes unavailable, but every baby deserves a healthy start.

That is why NorthBay Healthcare created the ABC (A Baby is Coming) Prenatal Program. It provides medical, nutritional, educational and social support to moms-to-be who otherwise might not get it. And there is no charge.

The program is designed for all pregnant women covered by the Partnership Health Plan of California (the local Medi-Cal HMO), Medi-Cal and those who have no insurance; but any low-income, uninsured pregnant women are welcome to participate.

ABC is a comprehensive program staffed by caring professionals dedicated to supporting the health of women and their babies with an entire network of resources. Last year the staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, health educators, dietitian, social worker — personnel fluent in Spanish and English — handled 11,007 patient visits.

In 2013, 564 new patients received care, an average of 47 per month. Mothers delivered 506 babies in NorthBay Medical Center.

The compassionate care shines every yuletide. Holiday dreams came true Dec. 20, 2013, when the program’s staff hosted 76 families — including 182 children — for a holiday party and visit with a bilingual Santa Claus.

Fortunately, Genentech of Vacaville joined as a partner, donating 400 teddy bears — one for each child.  NorthBay employees and the NorthBay Guild donated hundreds of unwrapped toys so each child could visit Santa’s workshop and select one to take home.

“The families were very appreciative, and that makes it all worth it,” says Diane Harris, program director, whose staff got into the spirit serving as elves (and even a reindeer) for the day.