The UF Department of Obstetrics partnerships and community services programs provide a platform for our team of physicians, researchers and staff to work with other medical professionals and institutions to advance patient care, research and education. We provide community programs for pregnant and postpartum women, their children, and families through grants from several organizations.
Maternity and Infant Care Project (MIC)
Since 1966, the UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has had as part of its mission the provision of high-quality prenatal care to the underserved women in our region. The women receive their prenatal and post partum care in their communities, then deliver their babies at UF Health Hospital at the University of Florida.
MIC is providing care at the health departments in the following counties: Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion and Suwannee. Care for patients who live in these areas is provided at local Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers (FQHCs). Certified and experienced nurse-midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners provide the care to these patients.
- For more information, please call the following clinic locations and request your prenatal care with UF MIC:
- Alachua County – Archer Family Health Care (UF College of Nursing): 352-495-2550
- Bradford County – New River Community Health Care Center, Starke: 904-964-7732
- Columbia County – Palms Medical Group, Lake City: 386-755-4020
- Gilchrist County – Palms Medical Group, Trenton: 352-463-2374
- Levy County – Palms Medical Group, Chiefland: 352-493-7274
- Marion County – Heart of Florida Health Center, Ocala: 352-732-6599
- Suwannee County – Palms Medical Group, Branford: 386-935-3090
- Union County – New River Community Health Care Center, Lake Butler: 386-496-3154
Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program is a free parenting program that equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to help their children be healthy, safe and ready to succeed in school. The program is available to parents and caregivers with children from birth to age 3 whose lives are impacted by one or more of these situations:
- Teen parent
- Low educational attainment
- Child abuse or neglect
- Tobacco use in the home
- Children with developmental delays, disabilities or chronic health issues
- Military family
Through MIECHV, which is a Healthy Start of North Central Florida program, parent educators at UF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology help parents and caregivers:
- Learn about their child’s development
- Gain one-on-one parenting support
- Connect with other parents and resources
- Address developmental delays and/or health issues
- Access books and educational toys for their child
- Be the best parents they can be
The program is available in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam counties. To learn more:
- Call 352-273-7588 for Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton and Putnam counties
- Call 352-337-1200 for Alachua County
- Visit www.HelpingBabiesGrow.org
- View this flyer: MIECHV
Psychosocial counseling is provided in a confidential setting to Healthy Start clients (individuals, couples, groups or families) to address situational and developmental stress. The goal is to reduce identified risk factors and maximize positive pregnancy outcomes and infant/child health and development. Counseling services are provided in Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee, and Union counties. Counseling providers are masters trained mental health practitioners with specific training in maternal mental health and infant development.
- Counseling is arranged through the local Healthy Start Program, typically located in the Health Department. For more information, please call (352)392-4491, ext 248.
Healthy Families is a nationally-accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies’ changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short and long-term goals. Services begin early, during pregnancy or shortly after the birth of a baby and can last up to five years, depending on the unique needs of the family. Families may be eligible for services if they:
- Live in targeted geographic areas
- Are expecting a baby or have a baby less than 3-months-old
- Are currently experiencing stressful life situations that indicate they could benefit from home visiting services
More more information, see below.