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Prenatal and Postpartum Information


NOCAC Child Development program will provide enrolled pregnant women, fathers and partners or other relevant family members the prenatal and postpartum information, education and services as appropriate including a newborn visit within two weeks after the infant’s birth.


  1. A mental health screening will be completed within 30 days of enrollment, 2nd trimester, 3rd trimester and postnatal (at 2-week visit) using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.
    1. If the scale has a score of 10 or higher, if a mother/pregnant woman who scores over a 10, a rescreen will be completed after 2 weeks in situations where  Home Visitor feels the mental health needs aren’t severe/urgent.  The participant will be asked if she would like her doctor to receive the results.  The intervention manager can also be contacted to share resources and give referrals if needed.
    2. After Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is completed, the paperwork will be turned in to the Intervention Manager, who will input information into ChildPlus.
  2. Prenatal participants will advise their Home Visitor on the frequency of home visits (weekly, biweekly, once a month) according to their needs.
  3. After the baby is born, the Home Based Manager will visit the mother and baby within 2 weeks during a scheduled home visit with the Home Visitor.
    1. The 2-week Home Visit Form for newborn will be discussed/completed.
    2. Additional information will be given to parent if not already received after the birth.
    3. Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale screener will be completed with the new mom.
  4. The Home Based Manager will advise the PFCE Manager when a 2-week Home Visit Form for the newborn is completed.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.80, 1302.81
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:   GGK Unit 2 Modules 2 & 3, Unit #3 Modules 3,5,6,7


Effective Date:   3/4/21 Reviewed Date:   6/9/22
Approved By Policy Council:     Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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