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Our Maternity Services

Gaston DHHS is able to provide care to Gaston County residents who are pregnant regardless of ability to pay, as well as to out-of-county (not out-of-state) pregnant patients who have current Medicaid or a private insurance that covers prenatal care. 

We provide care to patients with routine and high-risk pregnancies. And we don’t stop there!  The same doctors and midwives you see in the clinic will be the ones delivering your baby at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. We have 24/7 coverage at CaroMont by a midwife and access to an MD if needed, so no matter when the time comes, we are ready and able to care for you in your baby!  In addition to our routine services, we are proud to be able to offer you a variety of services to assist in making sure you and your baby are as healthy as possible. 

pregnant-womanIf you are interested in any of the services listed below, tell your midwife or doctor at your next visit or call us at 704-853-5009.

Other services that we provide include:

CATO (Clean Air in, Tobacco Out)  Patients who smoke or catoare exposed to secondhand smoke can meet with our smoking cessation counselor.  Our trained counselor will provide education on the effects of smoking and tobacco products on mom and baby; help with choosing a way to decrease or quit smoking, and help with any additional referrals that you may need to be successful in meeting your goals. 

Licensed Clinical Social Workers  A specially trained and licensed social worker will help with your needs related to substance use, behavioral or mental health needs, anxiety issues, depression, physical or mental abuse or any other social concern that is identified that you may need to discuss.  The social worker is also able to work with you and complete referrals to other local resources that can help meet your needs so you can have the healthiest possible pregnancy.

Medicaid Eligibility Specialist  Need help applying for Medicaid? We have a specialist dedicated to helping you through that process.  This person will answer your questions and help you complete the application if you need help -- no need for a separate trip to the Division of Social Services.

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Your Baby's Delivery  DHHS patients deliver at the Birthplace at Gaston Memorial Hospital. At the Birthplace, patients are able to experience labor, delivery and after-delivery care, all in the same room.  The Birthplace also has important emergency facilities available should you need them, including an operating room on the same floor in the event you should need a C-section, and Neonatal Intensive Care Services should your baby need any specialized care. DHHS staff deliver over half of all the babies born at Gaston Memorial, so we have a lot of hours and years of experience to offer you the safest delivery possible. (Image courtesy CaroMont Health)

Gaston Perinatal Center  DHHS is pleased to partner with Ramada S. Smith, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Gaston Perinatal Center.  Dr. Smith provides consults, special testing and education for our high-risk patients. Dr. Smith also helps plan the care of our high-risk patients.  Located just down the street from our high-risk maternity clinic, Dr. Smith is an invaluable, local, highly trained resource for our high-risk team and our high-risk maternity patients.

Nutrition Help (WIC) Have special diet needs?  Are you diabetic?  Are you underweight or overweight?  Do you have a history of PICA, anorexia, bulimia, low iron, persistent nausea and vomiting?  We have a trained specialist for you!  Our certified nutritionist will assess your needs and develop a nutrition plan for you.  Our nutritionist is available during all of our high-risk maternity clinics as well as by appointment at the WIC office, located inside the Public Health facility on Hudson Blvd. We also have limited hours at our Social Services facility on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Way. 

More info: WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, 704-853-5100

Pregnancy Medical Home During your first visit to any of our locations, you will be asked to complete a form with some questions that will help us determine if you have any conditions that may cause you to have a high-risk pregnancy.  We have a great program that has both social workers and nurses who work with you through your pregnancy to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.  If you are eligible for this program, you will be contacted by a case manager to discuss the program and what it can do for you.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care  No one anticipates having a high-risk pregnancy, so if it happens, it is important to have someone who knows how to care for you.  At the Gaston County Health Department, we have specially trained physicians to care for patients with conditions that could impact the health and well-being mom-tobe or baby.  We will schedule your appointments to be seen as often as needed.

Routine / Low-Risk Pregnancy Care  If you are healthy during your whole pregnancy, you can expect that you will be seen every 4 weeks until you are about 28 weeks, then every 2-3 weeks until you are 36 weeks, and then at least once per week until you deliver.  You will see a midwife or a nurse practitioner for your care and receive great education and care from our nursing, lab, and support team members. 

pregnancy-careChildbirth Education

  • Lamaze  Patients in Lamaze classes at the Health Department enjoy a time of fellowship, fun and learning in 4 sessions during their third trimesters.  Patients learn about pain control during labor, good nutrition, exercise during pregnancy, how to handle common discomforts during pregnancy, possible complications during labor and delivery and what to expect if you have a complication, options for how to feed your baby – including information on how to register for a breastfeeding class offered by our WIC department, newborn care, child safety and more. We have four energetic and dynamic certified childbirth instructors to make this class worth your time! Lamaze class dates are based on your due date – so call 704-862-5301 right after your first visit with us to schedule your classes! 

More info: Click here for a copy of the Lamaze class registration form. 

  • Breastfeeding Class  If you are even thinking about whether you want to breastfeed or not – this class, offered by our WIC program, is for you!  Call 704-853-5100 to sign up!