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Many women receiving prenatal care at MGH Chelsea are immigrants and refugees, struggling to meet basic needs. The stressors related to these challenges – such as poverty, isolation, and immigration status - are further exacerbated by pregnancy, which is also a time of greater risk for domestic violence. The bicultural, bilingual (Spanish, English) Prenatal Outreach program coordinator connects patients to hospital and community resources and assists them with planning for their child, as well as their own health care. The primary goals of the program are to promote optimal pregnancy and to re-engage the mother into primary care following the delivery (or initially engage care in the case of the infant). A collaborative relationship with the Vincent Newborn Program brings essential baby clothes and supplies to mothers who are unable to afford them.
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