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If you have a doctor, call now for an appointment. If you do not have a doctor, ask a friend, family member, or your local health department for the name of a health care provider or clinic.

There are many kinds of health care professionals who can help you when you are pregnant. They may include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician's assistants, nutritionists, dentists, and social workers. You and your care givers are a team, working to help assure that your baby is born healthy.

It is important for you to keep all of your appointments when you are pregnant. Your care givers check your health. They talk with you about how your body is changing, and how your baby is growing. Tell them how you are feeling. Ask them any questions that you have.

If you have health insurance, find out what expenses your insurance will cover. Also find out how to make sure that your baby will be covered by your health insurance from birth. Your health care giver will need to know the name of your insurance company and your policy number.

If you do not have health insurance, you may qualify for Medicaid or other help. Call your local social service agency and local health department to find out. You can find their phone numbers in your local telephone directory under "government listings."

Ask them if you can get help from other programs such as AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), WIC (Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children), and Food Stamps.

Many local agencies also offer other services. Ask about legal aid, housing assistance, day care, transportation, mental health, visiting nurse, and other counseling. If you work, ask your employer about maternity leave. Talk to your health care giver about the help you need.

Call the state pregnancy hotline on page ii of this book to get answers from your state health department.

My Insurance/Medicaid Number:.

Name of My Insurance Company:_

Phone Number for Insurance/Medicaid: Name of Contact Person/Caseworker: _

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