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The OB Navigator program is a collaboration between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). This initiative is building a network of services and support to wrap our arms around moms and babies to create healthier outcomes for both. It was established by House Enrolled Act 1007, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb in 2019.
The goal of this program is to identify women early in their pregnancies and connect them with an OB navigator – a home visitor who provides personalized guidance and support to a woman during her pregnancy and at least the first six to 12 months after her baby’s birth. To begin that effort, the program is working to connect pregnant women who are covered by Medicaid in our highest-risk areas to services in their communities.
This initiative is an important step in our efforts to lower Indiana’s infant mortality and maternal mortality rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What counties are part of this?
A: During the first year, the OB Navigator program is rolling out to 20 counties. These counties include the ZIP codes where babies have the highest risk of dying before their first birthdays. The counties also include those where there is a greater prevalence of risk factors that negatively impact an infant’s health. The OB Navigator program is beginning initially in Allen, Bartholomew, Blackford, Cass, Clark, Crawford, Delaware, Dubois, Grant, Henry, Jay, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Martin, Randolph, Shelby, St. Joseph and Wayne counties. These counties are highlighted yellow in the map.
Q: Is the program available now?
A: ISDH is rolling out the program to the 20 high-risk counties in 2020 as follows:
- Went live January 24: Allen
- Went live February 24: Clark
- Went live March 24: Grant, Delaware, Madison and Henry
- Went live April 28: Lake
- Went live May 26: May: Martin, Dubois, and Crawford
- Went live June 23: St. Joseph and LaPorte
- July: Marion
- August: Shelby and Bartholomew
- September: Blackford, Jay, Randolph and Wayne
- October: Cass
Q: What if the OB Navigator program isn't available in my county? What resources are available now?
A: Expectant women and new mothers from anywhere in the state can call the MOMS Helpline at 1-844-MCH-MOMS (1-844-624-6667) to find resources available in their communities.
Additionally, pregnant women can sign up for the Liv app, the mobile app for anyone who is thinking about becoming pregnant, currently expecting or who recently became a parent. Liv is also available online at askliv.com.
Q. My organization provides home visiting services for pregnant women. How can we be a part of this?
A: Please email OBNav@isdh.in.gov and someone from the program will contact you.