Research shows that women who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight (less than 5 ½ pounds) babies. Some of the reasons why pregnant women delay the needed prenatal care include the inability to afford medical care or health insurance, problems understanding the Medicaid process, or even lack of available medical services.
At Cobb & Douglas Public Health, we offer several programs to help reduce those barriers, increasing the accessibility to prenatal care. We help women get started — early — with the care and guidance needed for a healthy pregnancy.
Prenatal Screening & Referral
- Clients assessed and screened for services to determine how we can best meet their needs during pregnancy
- Referrals for pregnancy testing
- Application assistance for Presumptive Eligibility Pregnancy Medicaid
- Referrals for Green Plans (discount prenatal care) services
- Walk-in service
- Cost $20 or sliding fee if Family Planning patient
- Bring proof of income and ID required for Family Planning patients
- Provides medical documentation of pregnancy if test is positive
- Prenatal counseling and referral follow-up pregnancy services
Presumptive Eligibility Pregnancy Medicaid
- This type of Medicaid provides financial assistance for prenatal care, delivery and hospitalization and 60 days after delivery to prenatal women who meet the eligibility criteria based on their citizenship status and income requirement that does not exceed 220% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Perinatal Case Management
- Must be Medicaid eligible
- Short visit with the nurse who provides counseling and education on pregnancy, resources and referrals to public and community programs such as WIC
- Assist clients with Medicaid problems and concerns
- Physician referrals for medically high-risk clients
- Prescription for Prenatal Vitamins
- WIC and Dental referrals
- Tobacco Counseling and referral
- Children’s First referrals
Green Plan Services
- This prenatal service is for pregnant women who do not have health insurance and not eligible for Medicaid because of their citizenship status and/or income.
- Clients who are referred to our Green Plan program are expected to pay a minimal fee for prenatal services.
- CDPH contracts with certain OB doctors within Cobb and Douglas counties to provide prenatal services at a reduced rate.
- Green Plan services are limited and cover routine prenatal visits and some lab work. The client applies for Emergency Medicaid when she delivers her baby.
Call 770-514-2471 (English) or 770-514-2367 (Spanish) for more information or come by the Marietta Health Department for prenatal screenings. Bring your proof of pregnancy, if you have one, and your supporting documents.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the best way for me to get started with prenatal care if I have no health insurance?
We recommend you drop by the health department for prenatal screening. If you have proof of pregnancy, bring this with you. If you do not have one, we will advise you on how to get one.
What kind of documentation do I need to bring for prenatal screening?
Bring a picture ID, proof of family income, birth certificate or U.S. passport and medical proof of pregnancy.
What is considered proof of pregnancy?
Proof of pregnancy is a statement of pregnancy usually provided by a health or medical facility like a hospital, doctor’s office, health department, or pregnancy center. It must have your name, statement of pregnancy, and a medical signature by a doctor or nurse. Your prenatal records or an Emergency Room discharge summary can also serve as proof of pregnancy.
How long will it take to process my Medicaid application for pregnancy through the health department?
Generally, the Medicaid application process for pregnancy is faster through the health department than an application placed at DFCS or online. At the time your application is processed, you will know whether you are eligible for Medicaid or not. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can get started with prenatal care as soon as you leave the health department.
Can you help me if I don’t have a doctor?
Yes, through our Perinatal Case Management program our staff will provide you with information to help you get started with prenatal care. We will give you a list of local doctors who accept Medicaid.
Do I need an appointment or reservations to be seen?
It is best for you to drop by the Marietta Health department for a prenatal screening. We may be able to process your Pregnancy Medicaid if openings are available. If we cannot process your application at the time of the screening, we will give you a reservation for another day to finish the Medicaid process. We recommend coming in early in the morning for prenatal screening.
How long is the waiting time?
Waiting times can be 1 to 3 hours. Clients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. Clients with reservations are given priority over walk-ins.