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Health Education

Maternal Health

A new baby brings a lot of changes to a family. It is important for both mom and baby to see their doctor regularly to help them stay healthy. Please visit the links below for more information about how to care for yourself and your baby.


What is Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care is the care you get when you are pregnant. It is important for your health and your baby's health. Let your doctor know right away if you are pregnant or if you think you might be pregnant.

Your doctor will want to see you many times during your pregnancy. It is important that you don't miss any appointments. Your doctor can find problems early, which means problems can be treated earlier. This may prevent you from having other problems later in pregnancy.


What is Postpartum Care?

Taking home a new baby is a very exciting time for many women. However, a new baby can also bring a lot of physical and emotional challenges.

Every woman should see her doctor for a postpartum checkup between 21 and 56 days after giving birth. You should still go to this appointment, even if you are feeling good.


Breast milk is the best nutrition for newborns and infants. It fights disease and is easy for them to digest. Breastfeeding can save you money and help you bond with your baby. It is good for the mother's health too. Breastfeeding can help lower the risk of health problems like diabetes, breast cancer and depression.

However, we also understand that sometimes breastfeeding can be hard and that moms have questions. Please click on the links below for more information about breastfeeding. If you have questions or concerns you can always schedule an appointment with your doctor. Or, for breastfeeding questions you can call the Contra Costa Breastfeeding Support Warmline at 866-878-7767. Leave a message in Spanish or English and someone will call you back.