APHCV’s OB department has provided prenatal care services to the community at the Los Feliz Health Center location for over 20 years | Inquirer

APHCV’s OB department has provided prenatal care services to the community at the Los Feliz Health Center location for over 20 years

/ 09:46 PM March 25, 2022

Whether you’re a first-time mom or you have done this a few times, having a baby can be the most stressful and yet rewarding experience. And having a great medical team behind you can give you all the peace of mind you need for a smooth pregnancy and delivery.


That is why APHCV is committed to providing the best care for their pregnant patients and their babies with the following services:

  • Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)

CPSP offers a wide range of enhanced services to Medi-Cal eligible pregnant patients in the area of nutrition, psychosocial and health education from conception through postpartum care. CPSP has been shown to improve birth outcomes, including reducing the incidence of low birth weight in infants.

  • HIV Testing

In California, an HIV test is recommended for all pregnant women, as drug treatment during pregnancy can prevent the baby from getting HIV infection. It is a patient’s choice to have the test or not, but the MCH Unit staff and OB providers can provide additional information prior to testing and answer any questions the patient may have.

  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

It is important to have good nutrition during pregnancy and after delivery. WIC provides vouchers for food and groceries for pregnant women who are breastfeeding, and children up to 5 years of age. The MCH Unit staff can assist patients in applying for WIC.

  • Food distribution

APHCV also provides food distributions every week as part of the Calfresh Program. The MCH Unit staff can provide personalized distribution schedules to address any food insecurities among pregnant patients and mothers.

  • Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women and Medi-Cal Enrollment Services

APHCV assists in enrolling pregnant patients to Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women (PE4PW), an immediate, temporary health care coverage related to pregnancy for low-income women. PE4PW covers for most doctor, clinic, and emergency room visits, but not for labor and delivery. Pregnant patients are required to apply for Medi-Cal benefits to cover for labor and delivery. APHCV has Enrollment Unit to assist in applying for health insurance coverage including Medi-Cal.

In addition to the above-mentioned services, APHCV’s expert staff includes the best OB providers as well as their Maternal and Child Health Unit staff.

Dr. Sarah Beaty, DO from Vituity Family Medicine Center, specializes in Women’s Health, including low risk prenatal and post-partum care, minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, contraception management, and has a special interest in breastfeeding medicine.

Dr. Jamie Lin, OB/GYN from Pacifica Health Foundation, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversational in Spanish, provides care for women during pregnancy and offers infertility services and consultations for those who are trying to conceive. She also diagnoses and treats many common gynecological conditions, including pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis, in addition to offering cervical cancer screening, birth control and family planning consultations, and management of menopause.

Their Maternal and Child Health Unit is staffed with trained CPSP providers including Tagalog-speaking Cecile Lei Sebrio, Spanish-speaking Destiny Reynoso, and Thai-speaking Kultida Arakul, who not only provide valuable resources to pregnant women and mothers in the area of housing, food, financial and legal concerns, but can also assist in enrolling women in Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women (PE4PW) to cover for medical care for their pregnancy.

The MCH Unit team also works with Marjorie Tan, CPSP MA, who assists Obstetric, Family Practice and Pediatric providers at APHCV – Los Feliz Health Center. The MCH Unit can also support postpartum mothers in scheduling their newborn babies with pediatricians as well as their OB providers for postpartum care and women’s wellness exams if needed.

In addition, the MCH Unit works closely with the Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Registered Dietitians (RD) to support pregnant patients and mothers with mental or emotional concerns, depression or domestic abuse. It also works with pregnant and postpartum patients who need support for their nutritional intake to address gestational diabetes, anemia or even weight gain or weight loss.

APHCV’s diverse obstetrics services provide you with the most caring prenatal, birth and post-delivery experience every step of the way to help you welcome the arrival of your little bundle of joy! For more information, visit aphcv.org.


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