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Public Health Prenatal Program

Importance of Prenatal Care

Research has shown that women who start prenatal care early in their pregnancy tend to have fewer medical problems and deliver healthier babies. It is very important for all pregnant women to initiate their prenatal care as soon as they know they are pregnant and continue with appropriate care through delivery and postpartum follow-up visit.

Pregnant...Now What?
  1. Once you find out you are pregnant, make an appointment with an obstetrician or certified nurse-midwife as soon as possible.
  2. If you do not have insurance or payment coverage, ask your provider or contact the local health department to apply for presumptive eligibility (PE). If you are eligible, you can receive prenatal services at not cost up to 90 days. Do not go to the local DCBS office to apply for PE. Apply for PE before applying for Medicaid. You should apply for Medicaid after your start date of PE and before the expiration date.
Public Health Prenatal Program Eligibility

The Public Health Prenatal Program assures access to basic prenatal services through the LHD directly or by referral for those women who meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Income at or below 185 percent federal poverty level who are uninsured (no private insurance, no Medicaid, no Medicare).

You may contact your local health department to find out if you are eligible for assistance from the Public Health Prenatal Program and staff also can help you find a prenatal health care provider.

DPH Prenatal Program Contact Information

Trina Miller RN, BSN
DPH Perinatal Nurse Consultant/Program Coordinator
(502) 564-2154 ext 4406
fax (502) 564-5766

Department for Public Health
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
275 East Main Street HS2WA
Frankfort, Kentucky 40621


Quick Links

Presumptive Eligibility - Guidelines, forms and additional information

ACOG - Recommendations and teaching sheets  Kentucky logo designating an external link

Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait - Prematurity prevention education, tools and resources in English and Spanish.  Kentucky logo designating an external link

National March of Dimes  Kentucky logo designating an external link

Kentucky Chapter March of Dimes  Kentucky logo designating an external link

text4baby - free mobile text messaging service for pregnant women and moms. Available in English and Spanish. Free materials available.  Kentucky logo designating an external link


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Last Updated 2/6/2017