Start Smart for Your Baby
Start Smart for Your Baby® (Start Smart) is our special program for women who are pregnant. We want to help you take care of yourself and your child through this whole process. Our Start Smart staff can answer questions if you are having a problem. We can even arrange for a home visit if needed.
We care about the health of you and your baby. We want to make sure you both grow healthy and stay healthy. You should go to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. It is important to take your baby to the PCP after your baby is born. Your baby will need shots and health screenings.
Are You Pregnant? Tell Us Right Away!
Login to your Louisiana Healthcare Connections account anytime and fill out the Notification of Pregnancy form. Or complete your form over the phone. Just call Member Services at 1-866-595-8133 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, keep these things in mind:
- Go before you show! Go to the doctor as soon as you think you are pregnant. It is important for you and your baby to see a doctor as early as possible. Then, continue prenatal care throughout your pregnancy.
- Before you are pregnant, make sure your body is ready by completing your yearly well-woman exam. Find an OB/GYN by using our online search tool.
- Maintain healthy lifestyle habits. This includes exercising, eating balanced and healthy meals and resting for 8-10 hours every night. Do not use tobacco, alcohol or drugs while you’re pregnant.
Doctors and health organizations agree that breastfeeding is best. You may already know that breast milk is packed with the perfect mix of nutrients your baby needs. Did you know that it is also more than just food? Breast milk has special ingredients only you can provide, like antibodies, which help protect your baby from illness.
An electric breast pump is a covered benefit for all mothers who choose to breastfeed. Your provider can write you a prescription for your breast pump. You can order your breast pump online at no cost to you through Aeroflow or Tenderheart. Or talk to your OB/GYN about ordering your breast pump.