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County offers women’s health care services

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center is offering a wide range of women’s health clinics, including family planning and prenatal care services.

The health department’s Family Planning Clinic offers gynecological examinations, pregnancy tests, health and preconception counseling and community resources.  

The clinic also offers counseling on birth control options and provides contraceptives.

The health department’s prenatal program also offers services to pregnant women. Participants are encouraged to enter the program when they are six to 13 weeks pregnant.

Participants receive nutrition counseling and education on maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Clients are assigned to providers who will manage their pregnancy and provide care during hospitalization.

A woman with a normal pregnancy will visit the prenatal program clinic 13 times over the course of her pregnancy to help ensure her health and the health of her baby. 

During visits, women have their weight, blood pressure, and their baby’s heartbeat checked. If complications arise, the patient is referred to the appropriate provider. After delivery, the mother returns to the clinic for postpartum care.

All Lake County residents are eligible to access these services. Fees for family planning services are assessed based on income and services provided. Third-party billing for Medicaid or Medicare is available.

No one is denied services because of inability to pay. For the prenatal program, clients must qualify and apply for public aid.

Applying for public aid for pregnancy is offered through AllKids staff at the Belvidere Medical Building.

Services are provided at Belvidere Medical Building, 2400 Belvidere Road, Waukegan; North Chicago Health Center, 2215 14th St, North Chicago; Mid-Lakes Medical Building, 224 West Clarendon, Round Lake Beach; Northeast Satellite, 1819 27th St., Zion; and North Shore Health Center, 1840 Green Bay Road, Highland Park.

Clinic times and days vary depending on the location. For information or to schedule an appointment, call the health department at 847-377-8400.

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