When you are expecting, you have a lot on your mind. As a Jackson Care Connect member, one thing you don’t have to worry about is medical care. We have you and your baby covered.
Medical care during your pregnancy — from head to toe — is covered. Physical, dental and mental health care, prenatal vitamins, vaccines, quitting tobacco — it’s all covered at no cost to you.
Here’s some information about how to keep you and your baby healthy and safe in the months ahead and after your baby arrives. For medical questions, your primary care provider (PCP) or pregnancy provider is your best source of information.
Frequently Asked Questions During Pregnancy (PDF)
Find out about benefit coverage during and after pregnancy for you and your baby. Also, learn how we can help you find the right providers for you and your baby, and more.
- Preguntas frecuentes de mujeres embarazadas (PDF)
Jackson Care Connect wants you and your kids to have every chance for well-being. That’s why we offer Strong Families, a program that supports you and your children from prenatal care through young adulthood. Strong Families supports children in three age groups: birth to age 4 (Starting Strong), ages 4-12 (Strong Kids) and ages 13-20 (Strong Teens).
Taking Care of You and Your Baby Before Birth (PDF)
Learn what happens at your doctor visits and why it’s important to see your doctor often during pregnancy.
- Cómo cuidarse a usted y a su bebé antes del parto (PDF)
Two Bright Smiles (PDF)
Seeing a dentist for teeth and gum health is safe during pregnancy. It is also important to your baby’s health. Jackson Care Connect covers your dental care, and we can also help you find a dentist.
Smoking while pregnant can lead to complications for you, and low birthweight and health problems for your child. Learn how Jackson Care Connect can help you quit tobacco with medication and personal support.
Keeping You and Your Baby Safe (PDF)
It’s hard to be excited about your pregnancy if you’re afraid of your partner. We want you to know there are resources available. Learn about Jackson County’s domestic violence resources at this link or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). You can also use these PDF resources to help keep you and your baby safe.
- Manteniendo seguros a su bebé y a usted (PDF)
Doulas are a covered benefit
Doulas are trained birth companions. They provide personal support to women and families during pregnancy, delivery and beyond. Their services are covered by the Oregon Health Plan. They are not doctors or midwives, but are trained caregivers who can work with your health team. Doulas are trained in emotional, physical and educational support during birth. A doula can be your advocate and help connect you to local health resources.
According to information on the Oregon Health Authority website, a doula can improve birth outcomes and infant health, strengthen families and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success. Oregon-registered doulas have undergone certified training and background checks.
Nutrition for you and your family
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program helps families with healthy food, nutrition education and more. In Jackson County, the WIC office is at 140 S. Holly Street, Medford, 541-774-8203, or visit the website.
Help for special-needs children
The Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs offers public health nurse services for families with children who have a disability or chronic condition.
This fun app and website offers you phone texts, expert articles and videos to learn about your baby’s development and having a safe pregnancy. It’s available in English and Spanish.
39 Weeks Is Best for Your Baby
Some births are scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. But experts are finding there are health benefits to your baby when you carry for at least 39 weeks. If your pregnancy is healthy, it’s recommended that you wait for labor to begin on its own.
Healthy Living for a Healthy Baby (PDF)
How can you make sure you have a healthy pregnancy? Read “Hey Baby” for great information about diet, activity, relaxation and more.
- Hola Bebé: Vida Sana para tener un Bebé Sano (PDF)
Immunization Schedule — newborn to 15 months (PDF)
Vaccines can protect your baby from a dozen diseases. Learn what vaccines are appropriate for your newborn. Add in ones for JCC if we have them?
Breastfeeding has health benefits for you and your child. Hormones help you feel calm and close to your baby. And you pass immunities to your baby that help fight off illness.
- Jackson County WIC offers breastfeeding classes. Call 541-774-8203.
Reading for Healthy Families (PDF)
Learn how to support your baby’s brain development while bonding as a family.
Should Pregnant Women Wear Seat Belts? (PDF)
Get quick answers to common questions about traffic safety during pregnancy.