Women’s Health Services – Assures Best Care Clinic
Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County
200 San Sebastian View
Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
To improve the health of mothers and babies through provider linkages and early access to prenatal care, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH-St. Johns) Assures Best Care (ABC) Clinic offers services to women who are or may be pregnant.
- COVID-19 & Maternal Health
- What Services are Available?
- Is an Appointment Required?
- What are the Clinic Hours?
- What Documents should I bring with me?
- Helpful Links
[Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people.]-( CDC Pregnant People, Updated Mar. 5, 2021) . Some of the changes that occur in women's bodies during pregnancy may increase their risk for some infections. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.
If you have a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider. Don't go to work or school.
Other symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Get rest and stay hydrated. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized you can recover at home.
Monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider immediately.
Breastmilk is the best nutrition for most babies. It is still unknown if mothers with confirmed COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breastmilk.
If you test positive for COVID-19, or are awaiting test results:
- Talk to your healthcare provider about how to start or continue breastfeeding. You may be able to use a breast pump to express your milk.
- Wash your hands carefully and wear a face mask while pumping.
- A healthy family member or caregiver can feed the breastmilk to your baby.
- Follow the manufacturer's guidelines on cleaning breast pump parts after each feeding.
- If you are in labor, call the hospital or medical facility before you arrive to give the staff time to take proper infection control precautions to protect your baby.
Take care of your health.
- Continue to attend prenatal care visits. Use telemedicine/ telehealth for medical visits if your insurance offers it.
- Keep up healthy habits: healthy eating, exercise, getting enough sleep and managing stress.
- Stock up on 2-3 weeks of non-perishable food, prescriptions and medical and health care supplies.
- Create a contact list of family, friends, neighbors, health care providers, community assistance programs and drivers, and let them know you may need them for help if you become sick.
- Stay up to date with state and local guidance at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov and CDC travel guidance at CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue.
Clean objects or surfaces daily that people touch a lot: door knobs, kitchen counters, key pads, etc.
If you're sick, protect your family. Stay in a separate room from others and avoid sharing personal items. Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Get Your Home Ready page ( https://tinyurl.com/v267uf3).
Practice Social Distancing:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Stay away from people who are sick or who have been sick in the past two weeks.
- Shop during off-hours when crowds are smaller.
- Avoid crowds and gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people.
- Avoid touching "high-touch" public surfaces.
- Wear cloth face coverings in public places.
Florida Health Office of Communications
DOH-St. Johns ABC Clinic offers the following services to women who are or may be pregnant:
- Pregnancy Testing
- HIV Testing
- Eligibility screening and assistance to obtain 45-day temporary Medicaid
- Pregnancy risk assessment
- Linkage and referral to local Obstetric providers
- Education about how to have a healthy pregnancy
- Connections to WIC, pediatric dental, and other community resources, as needed.
In order to best serve you, we ask that you please call DOH-St. Johns to make an appointment.
ABC Clinic services are provided by appointment. Please call DOH-St. Johns to confirm our schedule of services and make an appointment. Appointment times are available Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
- A government issued photo identification card (such as a Driver’s License).
- Four (4) weeks most current / consecutive pay stubs for anyone working in the family household.
WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care and community services.
Visit the DOH-St. Johns Dental Health Program for more information about Pediatric Dental and School-Based Sealant Programs.
Text4baby is a free service to help keep you and your baby healthy.
For more information about Women's Health Services please visit The Florida Department of Health – Women’s Health webpage.
Visit Florida Health CHARTS - Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set.