Women's Health Program consists of several services such as early care home visiting service, pregnancy prevention and support and parenting support for adolescents. Reproductive Health patients are eligible to receive education on all contraceptive methods, a physical examination, and the birth control method. Other services include screening, education, treatment, and/or referral for HIV, and STD evaluation for male and female patients. Pregnancy testing is also available.
Early Care is a home based community visiting service dedicated to promoting a healthy pregnancy and healthy birth outcome. Eligibility includes pregnant women and infants less that one year old with high risk needs which may include concerns with domestic violence, housing or transportation; present or past alcohol or drug use in the family, a teenage or first time parent, or concerns with depression in the mother. This is a free program designed to provide educational support and linkages to community resources based on the individual needs of the woman.
We serve all of Worcester County. Call 410-629-0164 for more information.
Who can get this service?
This service is available to pregnant women and infants younger than one year of age who are residents of Worcester County and who have high risk needs.
Where is this service provided?
Services are provided in the convenience of the client’s home or at any of the health department sites if requested.
How much does this service cost?
This service is FREE.
Decrease your baby's chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Please always place your baby on his or her back, alone and in his/her crib for sleeping and napping. If you do not have an approved infant sleep surface for your baby, please call us. We have a limited supply of pack-n-plays available if you meet eligbility requirements. Call 410-629-0164 and ask to speak with the Early Care Program.
Free Childbirth Classes:
FREE local childbirth classes taught by a nurse midwife for residents of Worcester and Somerset Counties who are first time moms regardless of insurance, teen moms,and women who have Maryland Medical Assistance or who are uninsured. Classes are available at both the Berlin and Pocomoke locations. Transportation is available for those who have no other option. Call for more information and to register for the class. 410-629-0164. Classes are funded by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
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Adolescents have special needs regarding pregnancy prevention, pregnancy support, and parenting support. County Health nurses assist teens, age 17 and under, in these areas.
Additional Support and Information for Women
Reproductive Health patients are eligible to receive education on all contraceptive methods, a physical examination, and the birth control method. Other services include screening, education, treatment, and/or referral for HIV, and STD evaluation for male and female patients. Pregnancy testing is also available. Anyone of child-bearing age may receive confidential Family Planning services at the Health Department.
• Reproductive Health Services are available to assist individuals with the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children.
• Colposcopy referrals for abnormal paps.
• Screening for cervical cancer
• Screening for sexually transmitted infections.
• Contraceptive information and services.
• Pregnancy testing and referral.
• Health promotion/disease prevention education and referrals as needed.
• Level 1 infertility services
• Emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex.
• Easy appointment scheduling - can typically schedule new appointments within a week.
Who can get this service?
• Services are available to both males and females.
• These services are available to any Worcester County resident in need of contraception.
• Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission. We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in all health care choices.
Berlin Health Center
Hours and Locations:
9730 Healthway Drive
Berlin, MD 21811
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Pocomoke Health Center
400-A Walnut Street
Pocomoke, MD 21851
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.
How much does it cost?
We accept insurance, but if you are uninsured, cost is based on a sliding scale. Be sure to bring with you proof of income (last two paycheck stubs). There is no charge for services for teens. Services are not denied based on inability to pay.
If I am a teen, do I need my parent’s permission for services?
Due to Federal law, teens can receive confidential reproductive health services without parental permission. We do encourage teens to involve their parent/guardian in their health care choices.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
Educational programs and community outreach regarding risk reduction for breast and cervical cancer. Provides screening and follow-up for women aged 40 to 64 years who lack insurance coverage and/or have inadequate insurance coverage to cover the following services: Mammograms, Breast Examination, Pap Test, Pelvic Examination, and Colonoscopy.
Center 4 Clean Start
Center 4 Clean Start is an intensive program for pregnant and post-partum women who are experiencing difficulty with alcohol and/or drugs. Is a cooperative project between the Health Departments in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Provides dual diagnosis and family education services, as well as transitional housing for some of the women. Childcare is available on-site and transportation can be provided.
This service is provided by the Addictions Program.
Center 4 Clean Start
926 Snow Hill Road, Cottage 200
Salisbury, MD 21801