Community Benefit

Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues

Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues offers a holistic approach toward pregnancy and provides enhanced services for eligible pregnant and postpartum women. It is a contracted Medi-Cal program. One of our primary goals is to ensure women receive prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy. Staff members take extra steps to encourage women in the program by elevating their self-esteem and empowering them with knowledge of self-care, childbirth education and community resources.

Services include:

  • Prenatal care
  • Counseling services
  • 24-hour on-call emergency aid
  • Health education
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Weight management
  • Postpartum care
  • Mother-baby assessment
  • Community referrals
  • Healthy Families and Medi-Cal insurance assistance

A diverse health care team supports moms, babies and families through the pregnancy and beyond. Certified nurse midwives provide patients with personal, family-centered care during pregnancy, delivery and the post-delivery period. Clinical social workers help patients and family members better understand and cope with any problem or stressor, as well as individual, marital, couples and group supportive counseling during prenatal care. Nurses and health workers educate and support patients and their families. Healthy Families outreach workers assist families in obtaining health insurance. Clerical staff schedule appointments and help with any questions regarding health insurance or billing.

Helping others feel worthwhile is the inspiration that elevates this program. To learn more, visit our community education section.

For more information about the Healthy Beginnings/New Avenues program, please call (760) 946-8169.

Maternity Services

At St. Mary Medical Center we know that the birth of a baby is one of life's most precious miracles. Our team of specially trained nurses and health care workers know the importance of offering personalized care, which is why our staff strives to accommodate any specific preferences you might have during your stay with us.

Maternity Tours

Maternity tours help to familiarize parents-to-be with the labor and delivery department. During the tours, we answer questions about the birthing process and introduce our specialized team of OB nurses. Our goal is to help relieve any anxiety by providing a complete picture of the events surrounding childbirth.

For further information or to register for a maternity tour, please call (760) 946-4241. The maternity tour is no charge and pre-registration is required.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Preparing for childbirth comes long before being admitted to the hospital, which is why St. Mary Medical Center offers childbirth classes every month for parents-to-be. Classes include childbirth options, parenting, breastfeeding and an overview of the physical and emotional changes that take place during pregnancy. Topics covered include stages of labor, pain management, breathing and relaxation, and caring for your infant. To learn more, visit our community education section.

For further information or registration regarding childbirth education classes, please call (760) 946-4241.

Mother-Baby Assessment Clinic

The Mother/Baby Assessment Center, with its dedicated office space, examination room and maternal child registered nurse, evaluates the well-being of mother and baby during what is considered the most critical phase after childbirth—the first few days a woman is home with her new child and is no longer surrounded by the support of a hospital staff. It is our intent to answer questions during the first week when reality hits, as well as to identify any medical complications early-on. This program, with its focus on prevention and education, is intended to catch postpartum problems early and eliminate unnecessary consequences that could result in re-hospitalization of mother or baby. To learn more, visit our community education section.

For further information, please call (760) 242-2311 ext. 8443.

Pediatric Services

St. Mary Medical Center's family-centered pediatric care allows for parental and sibling involvement in the young patient's daily activities. Our specially trained physicians and nurses provide tender and affectionate attention to each child's needs.

Well Woman Program

With goals to increase access to health care for uninsured women and to detect cancers early, St. Mary Medical Center's Community Health Department continues to offer its Well Woman Program at stationary clinics in Apple Valley and Adelanto, as well as from its Bright Futures mobile van.

Funded in part by San Bernardino County's Cancer Detection Program, staff members work together to meet and develop coordinated resources for women's breast and cervical care in local communities. To learn more, visit our community education section.

For more information regarding the Well Woman Program, please call (760) 946-4240.

Contact Us

Apple Valley
SMMC Medical Office Building, behind SMMC
16051 Kasota Road, Suite 300
(760) 946-8789
Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Healthy Beginnings Prenatal Clinic
11424 Chamberlain, Suite 8
(760) 946-8169
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Please call us Tuesday through Thursday for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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