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Pregnancy Access Bridge

Prenatal care is a very important first step in having a healthy baby. As partners in your care, we want to show you what you will need for a healthy pregnancy.

The First Step

The Pregnancy Access Bridge (“Bridge”) visit takes place in between your positive pregnancy test and your first prenatal visit with your prenatal provider.

This appointment is not a substitute for prenatal care, and it is important to continue with a prenatal provider to get the full range of tests that you need.

Tests & Lab Work

At your Planned Parenthood Bridge appointment, we offer the following services:

•   An ultrasound that tells you how far along you are
•   Gonorrhea test
•   Chlamydia test
•   HIV test
•   Syphilis test
•   Flu shot (if available)
•   Prenatal vitamins

Here is a list of the additional things your prenatal provider might test for when you start prenatal care:

•   Anemia (low iron)
•   Blood type
•   Hepatitis
•   Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
•   Measles or mumps
•   Diabetes
•   Genetic testing for conditions like Down Syndrome
•   Cervical cancer (pap smear)

How to Get Prenatal Care

1.) Apply for ongoing Medi-Cal or other health insurance coverage.

•   By telephone: Orange County (714) 541-4895 | San Bernardino County (877) 410-8829 
•   In person at your local Medi-Cal office
•   Online at benefitscal.com | coveredca.com

2.) Once your Medi-Cal or other insurance plan is approved, select a prenatal provider and call to schedule your first prenatal visit.

3.) At your first prenatal appointment with your prenatal provider, bring a copy of the ultrasound provided during your Pregnancy Access Bridge appointment.

Need More Information About Pregnancy?

Visit www.acog.org for more information on the following topics, and many more.

•   Pregnancy and nutrition
•   Nausea and pregnancy
•   Exercise and pregnancy
•   Benefits of flu shot
•   Smoking, alcohol, and drugs
•   Travel during pregnancy

Other helpful websites:

•   mothertobaby.org
•   choosemyplate.gov
•   patients.pposbc.org
•   momsorangecounty.org (for Orance County residents)