Mississippi State Department of Health

Maternity and Prenatal Care


Proper care during your pregnancy allows early diagnosis of disease and identification of some congenital anomalies (birth defects). You can take steps, even before conception, to prevent birth defects and ensure the best development of your baby early in life.

Good prenatal health – even before you become pregnant – and proper care during pregnancy reduces the risk of:

Your lifestyle and choices are an important part of prenatal health for you and your baby. Please read our complete guide to caring for yourself before and during your pregnancy:

High-Risk Pregnancies

Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies

As a Medicaid provider, MSDH provides perinatal high risk case management through its Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies of Mississippi program. This program includes a multi-disciplinary range of preventive health services for pregnant women including physical exams, nutrition, social services, health screening, education, counseling, interventions, and referral service as appropriate. The program works to decrease infant mortality and low birth weight infants by providing health care to pregnant women. By increasing the number of women having access to prenatal care, it is intended to assist with the reduction of infant mortality.

Resources for Healthy Maternity

Health Centers

Community Health Centers around the state provide maternity services at a cost adjusted for your income. Similarly, Federally-Qualified Health Centers provide maternity services regardless of your ability to pay.

Jackson-Area Maternity Classes

Major hospitals and delivery centers offer childbirth and breastfeeding classes at low cost to mothers-to-be and their husbands.

For more information about Maternal and Child Health Programs and the MCH Block Grant, call 1-800-721-7222.

Your input is important. We want to hear from you about maternal and child health needs, the MCH Block Grant, and programs in Mississippi. Take a moment to share your comments, ideas and concerns with us.

Links referenced on this page
River Oaks Hospital    https://www.merithealthwomanshospital.com/maternity-care-services
St. Dominic Hospital    https://www.stdom.com/services/womens/prenatal-care/
University Women's Care    https://www.umc.edu/Healthcare/Womens%20Health/Pregnancy%20and%20Childbirth/Prenatal-Classes.html
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