Midwifery and Women’s Health at Fair Haven Community Health Care believes in a holistic approach to women’s health care.
We provide a full range of services including:
- annual gynecological exams,
- episodic care for reproductive issues
- family planning
- sexually transmitted disease prevention and treatment
- mammography screening services (through a partnership with Yale)
Our prenatal program works with over 150 mothers-to-be annually. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive prenatal care that focuses on medical care, emotional support and prenatal and parenting education for you and your family.
Your care team includes certified nurse midwives, physicians, social workers, nutritionists, and outreach workers. Prenatal visits, education, and postpartum care are with your midwifery team. All births are attended by your midwife at Yale’s St. Raphael campus, with a partner OB/GYN doctor on call if needed.
Our innovative, family-focused approach to prenatal care combines the prenatal visit with childbirth education, group discussion, stress reduction, meditation exercises, and a hospital tour. Expectant mothers and their partners have their monthly health education class and prenatal check-up all in a single visit.
- Women’s Health and Family Planning Services
- Women’s Annual Exams
- Prenatal Care
- Centering Pregnancy Group
- STD Testing and Treatment
- Health Education
Since our program begins in the mid 1990s , we have offered Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Relaxation as part of our prenatal program. Knowing that pregnancy, childbirth and parenting can be great challenging, practicing mindfulness provides many benefits to excellent mental/physical health.
The FHCHC Circle of Hearts group prenatal care with yoga and meditation has been running continuously for over 15 years, with 6 groups starting every year. The participants meet for 10 sessions along with women who share a close due date. We utilize training in meditation, awareness of breathing, yoga and group discussion. All of this happens along with childbirth education, nutrition, fetal development, sexuality, communication, family relationships, infant care and feeding, stress reduction, self-regulation and emotional health and well-being. Our groups include all lab work and testing along with a field trip to the hospital, films and literature. The participants serve as a great support and resource for each other and those relationships often continue for years through their child’s life.