Maternal and infant care

Pregnancy vaccines

You share everything with your baby when you're pregnant. Getting vaccinated while pregnant protects both you and your baby from the effects of common illnesses. Pregnant women and infants are more likely to get sick from the flu and whooping cough. So it's recommended that pregnant women receive these vaccines.

  • Flu vaccine
    Pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine every year as early as possible during the flu season (October - May). It can be received at any time during pregnancy.
  • Whooping cough vaccine
    Pregnant women should get the whooping cough vaccine (Tdap) in the third trimester (between 27 & 36 weeks) of every pregnancy. This vaccine protects against whooping cough as well as tetanus and diphtheria.

Free help for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby

The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) helps you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. The MIHP is free for Medicaid members and provides regular in-home visits by a nurse, nutritionist or social worker. MIHP services include:

  • Free transportation to doctor appointments, WIC and childbirth/parent education classes
  • In-home nurse visits
  • Help getting prenatal care
  • Answers to your questions about pregnancy and caring for your baby
  • Help with health problems that could affect your pregnancy
  • And much more

To learn more and to locate a MIHP provider near you, visit

Family planning

Whether you're looking to grow your family or prevent pregnancy, your Medicaid plan has options for you. Your plan includes family planning services like:

  • Doctor visits
  • Medical exams
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Birth control counseling
  • Birth control methods such as condoms, birth control pills, foams, etc.

It also includes testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS, as well as education and counseling. Talk to your doctor about your options. Contact us if you become pregnant to discuss your pre and postnatal care.