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Our services cover many stages of a woman's life including pregnancy testing, prenatal and postpartum care, family planning services and birth control methods, diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and breast and cervical cancer screenings for eligible women.
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Family Planning

Appointments | Birth Control | Emergency Contraception | Pregnancy Test

Physical exam appointments for family planning must be scheduled.

Family Planning Program Services Brochure

Family planning services are confidential and provided to everyone who desires assistance with postponing or planning pregnancy. Women of any age can provide their own consent for family planning services.

Men are also eligible to receive family planning services.

Medicaid and some private insurance policies are accepted. Charges for a woman under nineteen years old who is unmarried are based on her income only.

The Medicaid Be Smart Family Planning program is designed to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of children and families in North Carolina. Information and applications are available to men and women eligible for the program.

Birth Control

The following birth control methods are provided in our clinic:

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  • Abstinence
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Condom
  • Depo Provera (the shot)
  • Diaphragm
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Natural Family Planning

Additional methods may be prescribed or recommended but are not currently available on our formulary. These options include:

  • The Patch
  • Vaginal Ring
  • Seasonale
  • Spermicide

Emergency contraception is most effective if given within 24 hours, but it can be given up to 5 days (120 hours) after unprotected sex. Should you have unprotected sex or should your birth control method fail, and you would like emergency contraception, please call the health department as soon as possible at 828-692-4223 and ask for the earliest possible appointment for emergency contraception.

Free Pregnancy Testing
Pregnancy tests are walk-in only on Tuesday - Friday 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Appointments for pregnancy tests are available only on Mondays.


Maternity Clinic

Appointments | Healthy Lifestyle | Childbirth Classes | Safe Surrender Law

We offer obstetric care for pregnant women who are residents of Henderson County. Patients are seen by appointment for clinic services.

Prenatal Program Services Brochure

Maternity services include but are not limited to:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Laboratory testing
  • Counseling for financial and social programs
  • WIC nutrition program for eligible patients
  • Baby Love Medical Assistance Program
  • Referral to OB Care Management
  • Prenatal education
  • Counseling for depression or other issues (Behavioral Health)

Care is transferred in the last month to the provider who will deliver the baby. Women who are interested in a vaginal delivery after a C-section are transferred to MAHEC Ob/Gyn for a Mission Hospital delivery.

Some women need special services during their pregnancy. If we are unable to care for you, we'll refer you to a delivery provider who can.


Healthy Lifestyle Choices

We encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices while you are pregnant. We hope you will check the following resources for more information about healthy lifestyle choices.

Visit the March of Dimes (en Español) and womenshealth.gov.

Sign up for Text4baby to receive FREE messages each week to your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. All messages you receive from text4baby are free! Even if you don’t have a text messaging plan, you can get these messages for free. If you have limited texting per month, text4baby won’t take away from your total amount of messages.

PublicHealth.org offers an online guide on prenatal care, which includes answers to your most urgent questions about staying healthy throughout your pregnancy as well as how to track your baby's growth during each trimester.


Childbirth Classes

The Small Wonders Childbirth Class Series are Lamaze-based classes that will teach you how to have a healthy birth and cope with the stages of labor. You will learn about common interventions during labor and birth, as well as breastfeeding and bonding. The series also includes a tour of one local hospital's labor and delivery unit.

Classes are held for five weeks on a weeknight from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and are offered in both English and Spanish.

For registration and fee information, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.


Safe Surrender

North Carolina's Safe Surrender Law allows an overwhelmed parent to surrender a newborn to a responsible adult and walk away. The baby will then be placed in a loving home. An infant up to 7 days old may be surrendered to any repsonsible adult. Safe surrender is anonymous and legal. Call 1-800-FOR-BABY. In an emergency, call 911.

Safe Surrender Fact Sheet

Information for Women in Crisis | en Español


Maternal Health Outreach

OB Care Management | High-Risk Pregnancy Visits | Newborn Home Visit
Safe Surrender Law | SIDS Counseling

Please read the Pregnancy Care Management brochure.

OB Care Management
Care management services are provided at no cost to pregnant women who have Medicaid or are uninsured. OB Care Managers (OBCM) who are public health nurses and social workers provide services during pregnancy and up to two months postpartum.

Services include:

  • assessments
  • support
  • education
  • referrals for needed services.

You may obtain this service several ways:

  • ask for the program directly
  • another agency, such as WIC, may send a referral
  • your doctor may give us information that results in a contact.

These services are provided in partnership with your doctor. For more information, talk to your prenatal doctor or contact us at (828) 694-6088.


High-Risk Pregnancy Home Visits

Public health nurses can help women who are experiencing specific problems during pregnancy. After receiving a referral from the doctor, the public health nurse arranges a home visit to assess, monitor support, and educate women who need extra help during pregnancy.


Newborn Home Visit

After delivery, a public health nurse is available to visit the new mother and her baby in the home to:

  • assess the mother and baby
  • offer feeding advice and breastfeeding support
  • determine other needs
  • assist with referrals for other services.


SIDS Counseling

SIDS counselors help families after the loss of a baby due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), providing information, grief counseling, and resource/referral services. The program seeks to reduce SIDS through public awareness and education focusing on risk reduction methods and safe sleep practices. SIDS Grief Counseling is available through your local health department. Contact the SIDS Program Manager at (828) 694-6088 for more information.

Additional help for grieving families can be found at First Candle.

 

Breast & Cervical Cancer Screenings

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) serves women who are uninsured or underinsured and do not have Medicare Part B or Medicaid. The patient must also meet income guidelines. The program targets women 50-64 years of age, but women 18-39 years of age with breast symptoms may be eligible. Through this program women can get a pelvic exam, a pap smear, a breast exam, and a mammogram at no charge. Certain diagnostic services are also covered such as ultrasounds, diagnostic mammograms, colposcopies, and biopsies.

Yearly screening can save lives, and BCCCP can help women by making these tests not only available, but affordable. BCCCP can also cover cancer treatment costs. Women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer while enrolled in the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program may be eligible for treatment through Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid.

This is where BCCCP can help. For women who have been putting off having regular screenings because of lack of insurance or high costs, BCCCP provides yearly cervical and breast cancer tests so that cancers, if present, can be detected early.

For more information about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program or to make an appointment, contact Hannah Corn at (828) 694-6010.

A screening mammogram saved my life
Read about the importance of breast cancer screening and how BCCCP can help.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases & HIV

The clinic offers confidential testing, treatment, and advice to anyone who is concerned about the possibility of exposure to HIV or a sexually transmitted disease. Patients receive counseling, treatment options, and prevention methods.

There is no charge for this service and some treatments are available free of charge. Call (828) 692-4223 and ask for an appointment.

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Department of Public Health • 1200 Spartanburg Highway, Suite 100 • Hendersonville, NC 28792 • (828) 692-4223

Last updated March 28, 2017