Maternal and Newborn Health
If you are pregnant, it is very important to prepare for childbirth so that you can have a healthy baby. Steward Health Choice has many programs to help you get the healthcare you need to keep you and your new baby healthy. If you would like help managing your pregnancy and would like to speak to a nurse, please call 801-758-3369.
Pregnant women can register for our Stork Program and receive information and guidance from our maternity nurses to help them have a healthy pregnancy. Our Stork Program will also help pregnant women and new moms obtain the community resources they need for their family.
For information about the Stork Program, call us toll-free at 1-877-358-8797.
Well-Child Visits and Immunizations
Taking your baby to the doctor for well-child visits and shots is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child from getting very sick. Children ages 0-2 years should visit their physician at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months. Many important items that should be addressed include:
- Checking normal height, weight, and head growth.
- Assisting mothers with breast feeding and other feeding/nutrition concerns.
- Checking for proper vision, speech, and hearing development.
- Checking the teeth and making needed dental referrals.
- Checking blood count, lead level, and possibly TB screening.
- Giving vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, hepatitis A and B, and chicken pox.
To help you with making sure your child gets an annual check-up, Steward Health Choice Utah offers a special program for babies, children and youth up to the age of 21. In this program, your child may receive check-ups, covered healthcare services and dental services at no cost to you. In addition, if your child needs to see a specialist, Steward Health Choice will cover that service as long as you receive a referral from your provider.
Are shots safe?
Many parents worry about shots which are also called immunizations or vaccines. We want you to know that the safety of shots has been thoroughly tested. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no scientific link between shots and autism.